Bengaluru: Khalin Joshi, who came within a whisker of getting his maiden Asian Tour triumph at the inaugural TAKE Solutions Masters last year, will try to go one better this time when the second edition tees off on Thursday.
Meanwhile, six-time Asian Tour winner SSP Chawrasia, sees this event as a very important one because it is backed by his m ain sponsor, TAKE Solutions, and he is also hoping to turn around his form this week. Similarly one-time Asian Tour winner Chiragh Kumar, who has still not fully recovered from the injuries last season, is hoping that memories of a Top-10 finish at this course in 2012, when it hosted the Hero Indian Open, will help him reverse the sluggish form.
Eyeing similar first success will be the sole Zimbabwean on the Asian Tour, Scott Vincent who has been in red-hot form this season. Vincent has had four Top-10s in his last six starts and it included a runner-up finish in Indonesia.
The 40-year-old Chawrasia commented, “The course is a little bit wet today but conditions wise, it’s excellent. The game’s feeling alright. I played good in the pro-am tournament today so I hope to continue that good form over to the next few days.”
The KGA is Joshi’s home course and he has a lot of good memories. He said, “I have great memories of KGA, which is my home course but the one that stands out the most is my last amateur event here. I shot a course record 62. That’s one of the fondest memories I have out here.”