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SRF matchplay from April 2

NEW DELHI, MARCH 26. The excitement of knock-out has been added to the Indian Golf Tour.

A field of 64 players will contest in a matchplay format, which was still a new system for the Indian golfers.

After 27 years, the first professional tournament, the SRF Open, takes a new form as SRF All-India Matchplay Championship. The tournament will be played at the Delhi Golf Club course here from April 2 to 6 with pro-am slated for April 1.

The prize money for the tournament has been raised to Rs. 10 lakh from last season's Rs. 8.5 lakh. The winner's cheque will be worth Rs. 1.75 lakh, while the runner-up will be richer by Rs. one lakh.

On the inaugural day, 32 matches will be played. The pre-quarterfinals and quarterfinals will be played on April 4, while the final will be a 36-hole affair, on April 6. The Loser's Plate for the third and fourth place will also be played on the same day, over 18 holes.

A list of 16 seeds will be taken out prior to the tournament on the basis of the recent performance of the players, as well as their Order of Merit positions. All the top pros on the domestic circuit, including Money List leader Mukesh Kumar, number two Feroz Ali, Hero Honda Masters champion Harmeet Kahlon, Indian Open champion Vijay Kumar, have confirmed their entries .

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