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PGA European - Avantha Masters Preview
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DATES: Thursday, February 11th through Sunday, February 14th
SITE: DLF Golf and Country Club, New Delhi, India
COURSE ARCHITECT: Arnold Palmer (1999)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,156
Hole-by-Hole1 - Par 4 367 Yds
2 - Par 4 443 Yds
3 - Par 3 178 Yds
4 - Par 4 422 Yds
5 - Par 4 486 Yds
6 - Par 5 538 Yds
7 - Par 4 407 Yds
8 - Par 3 171 Yds
9 - Par 5 568 Yds
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36 3,580 Yds
10 - Par 4 405 Yds
11 - Par 3 182 Yds
12 - Par 4 485 Yds
13 - Par 4 483 Yds
14 - Par 5 565 Yds
15 - Par 4 374 Yds
16 - Par 3 187 Yds
17 - Par 4 358 Yds
18 - Par 5 537 Yds
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36 3,576 Yds
Annual:  1st
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 9:30 a.m.-12:30 pm (et) - taped
Course Record:  64 (Phillip Archer, Mark Brown, 2008)
Total Purse:  $2,046,714 (1,500,000 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $344,686; 2nd Place - $229,781; 3rd Place - $129,442
 
Past Avantha Masters Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
1stYear of the Event

Top Players in the Field
Arjun Atwal3 European Tour wins, Won 2008 Maybank Malaysian Open
Mark BrownWon 2008 Johnnie Walker Classic at DLF Country Club
S.S.P. ChowrasiaCaptured 2008 Indian Masters
Darren Clarke12 European Tour wins, 5 Ryder Cup teams
Gregory Havret3 European Tour wins, Won 2008 Johnnie Walker Champ.
David Howell4 European Tour wins, 2 Ryder Cup teams
Shane LowryWon 2009 Irish Open as an amateur
Richie RamsayWon 2010 South African Open, Won 2006 U.S. Amateur
Jeev Milkha Singh3 European Tour wins, Won 2006 Volvo Masters

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Jeev Milkha Singh
Darkhorse - Marcus Fraser
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Rory McIlroy) - Finished tied for 6th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Alvaro Quiros) - Finished tied for 6th
 
NOTES:
The European Tour travels to India this week for the inaugural Avantha Masters. Former European Ryder Cup players Darren Clarke and David Howell are in the field this week. The highest-ranked player in the field is world No. 59 Jeev Milkha Singh, who is from India. 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 and Country Club, which hosted the 2008 Johnnie Walker Classic. Mark Brown of New Zealand won that event and is in the field this week. Three players from India have won on the European Tour - Arjun Atwal, S.S.P. Chowrasia and Singh. Atwal was the first Indian player to win at the 2002 Singapore Masters.

This will be the third European Tour event staged in India. The 2008 Emaar-MGF Indian Masters was held at Delhi Golf Club and was won by Chowrasia. The other tournament was the 2008 Johnnie Walker Classic, won by Brown. DLF Golf and Country Club was designed by golfing legend Arnold Palmer and opened for play in 1999.

The European Tour heads to the United States next week for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona, where Geoff Ogilvy captured the 2009 title.

02/09 13:44:01 ET

As of February 9, 2010, at 01:44 PM ET