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With a whopping Rs. 18 lakh as prize-money up by three lakh from last year the premier event has attracted, among others, Jyoti Randhawa. The last year's Asian Tour Order of Merit winner is expected to make it straight after taking part in the British Open.
After Srinagar, the Tour will move for the `Southern Swing' in south India where five tournaments are scheduled in successive weeks.
Last season, when Mukesh Kumar won a record Rs. 21.77 lakh from 21 starts, the total prize fund was Rs. 2.42 crores. Efforts are on to beat that figure in the coming season.
Addressing a gathering here on Monday evening, the Hero Honda Managing Director and the President of the Professional Golfers Association of India (PGAI) Pawan Munjal reiterated his company's support to the Tour. He hoped more industrial houses would come forward for the sake of country's golf and golfers.
Jeev Milkha Singh, Rohtas Singh and Digvijay Singh also spoke on the occasion and thanked everyone connected with the Tour for making it a continuing success story. The Mhow-based Mukesh Kumar could not make it to the Capital, as his daughter was unwell.
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