Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Brandon Stone and Aaron Rai  (Getty Images)
Brandon Stone and Aaron Rai (Getty Images)

Aaron Rai insists it would be "a dream come true" to win this week's Hero Indian Open on a course he holds in extremely high regard.

The 24-year-old Englishman has Indian born grandparents and would love to add a second European Tour title to his CV at DLF Golf and Country Club on Sunday.

Rai says this week's host track, The Gary Player Course, is among his favourite in the world and he is happy to be there this week.

“It is in incredible shape and is probably my favourite course in the world," said Honma Hong Kong Open presented by Amundi champion Rai.

"It is very scenic to walk around, but more importantly it is a great course, a great test, so you have to be on.

“It would be incredible (to win). My grandparents from both my mum and dad’s side were born in India, so back home as well I have Indian heritage, so to even compete in India is a blessing.

"If it was to happen and go one step further that would be a privilege, especially around a course like this where you need to be on your mental and physical game.

"So there's a long way to go but if that did happen it would be incredible and a dream come true."

Four time European Tour winner Bernd Wiesberger is hoping to see further improvements in his game this week as he continues his return from injury.

The Austrian missed a large chunk of the 2018 Race to Dubai season with a wrist problem but has managed to play nine events so far this campaign and he is pleased with his progress.

He said: "Unfortunately I was out from May until November and that was quite a tough break for me, not having any golf to play over the summer with the injury in my left wrist. 

"I am quite happy with the progress in most parts of the game as I have had to restart in a lot of parts of the game, but I am really looking forward to hopefully improving even more in Delhi."

South African Brandon Stone is excited to be in India for the first time this week and the 2018 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open winner hopes to be in the shake-up in Sunday's final round.

He said: "The course is in spectacular condition, so I think it’s going to be a very fun week. There is a strong field here this week, a lot of local talent and I am sure they are going to be vying to get their names on the Hero Indian Open trophy.

There is obviously going to be a lot of competition this week putting their hands up for the trophy - Brandon Stone

"I’m excited to be here for the event and hoping to put up a stern fight for the championship come Sunday.

“I’ve had results on both the up and the down. I feel like my game is starting to turn to the best again, but the game of golf is so unpredictable that you never know. 

"I could stand up on the first tee on Thursday and you could have that week where everything comes together and the game seems effortless, and you end up winning by six or seven shots, you just don’t know. 

"There is obviously going to be a lot of competition this week putting their hands up for the trophy, so you have to prepare as best you can from Monday to Wednesday and see what happens coming into the weekend."

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