DID YOU KNOW – HERO INDIAN OPEN
• The Hero Indian Open was first included on the European Tour International Schedule in 2015.
• S S P Chawrasia is aiming to make a successful defence of the Hero Indian Open. The last Indian to win their national open in back-to-back years was Jyoti Randhawa in 2006-07.
• The 2017 edition of the Hero Indian Open is being played at the DLF Golf and Country Club. The only previous time the venue has staged the tournament was 2009 and won by Chinnaswamy Muniyappa.
• The DLF Golf and Country Club is played at a new course within the venue and was designed by Gary Player. This will be the first men’s international tournament on the South African’s layout.
• S S P Chawrasia has won all three of his European Tour titles in India, 2008 EMAAR-MGF Indian Masters, 2011 Avantha Masters and 2016 Hero Indian Open. No player has won their first four European Tour events in their home country. His win in the 2011 Avantha Masters took place at the DLF Golf and Country Club on the course designed Arnold Palmer.
• When Anirban Lahiri won the 2015 Hero Indian Open it was his second triumph of the 2015 European Tour season, following the Maybank Malaysian Open. He graduated from the 2014 European Tour Qualifying School. He became the fifth player in European Tour history to record multiple victories the season after graduation from the Qualifying School. The previous four were: Gordon Brand Jnr (1982 - two), José María Olazábal (1986 - two), Johan Edfors (2006 – three) and Branden Grace (2012 – four).
• Anirban Lahiri was a rookie in 2015 and joined Gordon Brand Jnr (1982) and José María Olazábal (1986), as rookies to win twice in their debut season on the European Tour after graduating from the Qualifying School.
• When Anirban Lahiri beat S S P Chawrasia in second place in the 2015 edition, this result represented the first Indian one-two in European Tour history, after Lahiri won in a play-off. This was also the first all-Indian European Tour play-off.
• Brett Rumford is looking to win in consecutive appearances claiming victory in his last European Tour outing at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth. He was the last Australian to achieve this feat, back in 2013 when he clinched the Ballantine’s Championship and Volvo China Open.
• The Hero Indian Open was first played in 1964 and won by five-time Open Champion, Peter Thomson. He went onto win the event again in 1966 and 1976. Jyoti Randhawa of India equalled the Australian’s record of most wins, having won in 2000, 2006 and 2007.
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