1st Place - $393,521; 2nd Place - $262,345; 3rd Place - $147,805
Mark F. Haastrup
Past Avantha Masters Winners
Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up
S.S.P. Chowrasia (273) -- Robert Coles
Andrew Dodt (274) -- Richard Finch
S.S.P. Chowrasia (279) -- Damien McGrane
NOTE:Formerly called EMAAR-MGF Indian Masters (2008).
Top Contenders in the Field
Jeev Milkha Singh
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Marcel Siem
Darkhorse - Scott Jamieson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Rory McIlroy) - Finished tied for 5th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jean n-Baptiste Gonnet) - Missed the cut
The European Tour travels to India this week for the Avantha Masters.
Americans John Daly and Todd Hamilton are in the field. Daly is a two-time
major champion (1991 PGA Championship and 1995 British Open) and Hamilton
captured the 2004 British Open. Daly finished fourth at the Commercialbank
Qatar Masters two weeks ago for his first top-five finish since the 2009 BMW
Italian Open. They are joined in the field by former European Ryder Cup
players Paul McGinley, David Howell, Soren Hansen and Oliver Wilson.
The highest-ranked player in the field is world No. 69 Joost Luiten from the
Netherlands. Luiten, Jamie Donaldson of Wales (91) and Gregory Havret of
France (93) are the only top-100 players in the field. This event is tri-
sanctioned between the European Tour, the Asian Tour and Professional Golf
Tour of India.
The tournament will be held at DLF Golf & Country Club for the third straight
year. The course also hosted the 2008 Johnnie Walker Classic, won by Mark
Brown of New Zealand. DLF Golf & Country Club was designed by golf legend
Arnold Palmer and opened in 1999.
Last year, S.S.P. Chowrasia shot a five-under 67 in the final round to win by
a single stroke over Robert Coles. Coles had a chance to push the tournament
to a playoff, but bogeyed the par-five 18th to allow Chowrasia to win this
event for the second time. He won the inaugural tournament in 2008. Chowrasia
finished at 15-under 273 for the week.
In 2010, Andrew Dodt closed with a four-under 68 in the final round to earn
his first European Tour title. Dodt finished at 14-under-par 274 to win by a
single stroke over Richard Finch.
The 2010 event made European Tour history when seven players (Richard Bland,
Fredrik Andersson Hed, Rahil Gangjee, Tetsuji Hiratsuka, Darren Beck, Barry
Lane, Yih-Shin Chan) were tied for the lead going into the final round. The
previous record was six at the 2003 Canaries Open de Espana and 2004 Aa St
Three players from India have won on the European Tour - Arjun Atwal,
Chowrasia and Jeev Milkha Singh. Atwal was the first Indian player to win at
the 2002 Singapore Masters. Chowrasia and Singh are in the field this week.
This will be the fifth European Tour event staged in India. The 2008 Emaar-
MGF Indian Masters was held at Delhi Golf Club and was won by Chowrasia; Brown
captured the 2008 Johnnie Walker Classic; Dodt won this tournament in 2010,
while Chowrasia captured the title last year.
The European Tour heads to the United States next week for the World Golf
Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona, where 2011
European Tour Player of the Year and world No. 1 Luke Donald of England will
defend his title.
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