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Stage set for Hero Challenge at Renaissance Club in Scotland

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North Berwick, Scotland, July 9: The stage was set for the ninth edition of the Hero Challenge, and the second one in 2019, as Renaissance Club readied itself for the event on Tuesday night.

Two Major winners, Justin Thomas and Graeme McDowell alongside defending champion, Matt Kuchar, Tyrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick and Lucas Bjeregaard will be on view at this fun event, which has now become a regular feature at three of the European Tour events for the last two seasons. The first Hero Challenge this season came at the British Masters and the next one will be at the DP World Tour Championships in Dubai.

One of the reasons many felt that Kuchar started coming to the Scottish Open was to get used to Links conditions and he started that practice in 2017 and it has produced results for him. He was second at the 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale and then finished ninth last year. This has also been a superb season for him with one win and two runner-up finishes as he leads the FedExCup standings.

Justin Thomas of USA

Last year he won the Hero Challenge in a magnificent setting at the Edinburgh Castle and now he defends it. Not just that, he also attempts to become the first player to win a Hero Challenge twice.

Thomas has played just three Opens, he was T-53 at the first in 2016 and he missed the cut in 2017 and 2018. So, he is hoping that coming to Scotland can change his fortunes at the Open the following week. Hence the Scottish Open and with it the Hero Challenge, a name he is familiar with having played the Hero World Challenge in Bahamas before.

After a series of edition held at iconic venues ranging from the Edinburgh Castle to Canary Wharf and Princess Dock in Liverpool, the one-hour event returns to the golf course. It will be at the picturesque Par-3 15th hole of the Renaissance Club.

For McDowell, who made it to the Open with a last gap qualification recently, the Hero Challenge and the subsequent Scottish open presents another chance to have a shot at the Open in Links conditions next week. He made it to the Open, which is being held in his backyard in Portrush, and this could be a important two-week for him.

Bjeregaard, who shocked Tiger Woods at the WGC-Matchplay, will hoping the run that took him into Top-50 continues, while Fitzpatrick has always been seen as star of the future, as has been Hatton.

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Delhi Golf Club & Jindal Stainless Foundation team up to make golf accessible for all

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New Delhi: Delhi Golf Club (DGC) on Monday  announced its association with the Jindal Stainless Foundation (JSF) to facilitate mainstreaming and adoption of Golf. The JSF grant will be used for two-pronged support. The first initiative aims at providing golf training to caddies’ children, staff, and other sportspersons, who are striving to upskill themselves, to promote golf as an attractive and a remunerative sport. The other initiative will focus on upgradation and maintenance of green complexes at DGC.sports news headlines

Commenting on the development, Chairperson, JSF, Deepika Jindal said, “Golf is a growing sport in India; however, accessibility to this sport remains a challenge for aspiring golfers. There is tremendous interest for this game among youth. With this initiative, we want to enable talented and aspiring players. Such opportunities will help bring down the entry barrier to this sport, which currently is a detrimental factor for golf’s growth in the country.”

Collaboration and support from organisations like JSF will help materialise DGC’s plan for upgrading its infrastructure.

Sharing his view on this partnership, President, DGC, retired Maj R S Bedi said, “The new greens and the surrounding complexes will make DGC as one of the best golf courses in the country. The new model of the golf course will present more challenging playing conditions and will be a nurturing ground for budding golfers across all sections of the society. I am confident that DGC will now be able to bring up a new crop of talented future professionals.”

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Rory Hie triumphs at inaugural Classic Golf & Country Club Championship

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Rory Hie celebrates after his victory.

Gurugram: Indonesia’s Rory Hie made it a start-to-finish effort at the inaugural $300,000 Classic Golf & Country Club International Championship 2019, winning his maiden professional title by a two shot margin from the field.

However there was much to cheer for the Indians as a bunch of young stars finished in prominent positions with four of them featuring in the Top-eight.

As Hie shot 68 to finish at 21-under, Rashid Khan, in the hunt till he mishit the 15th tee shot, carded 69 to reach 19-under and tie for second alongside Korean Byungjun Kim (67).

Rashid’s bogey on 15th, coupled with Hie’s birdie on the same hole ended the Indian’s chances as the Indonesian playing in India for the seventh year in a row, made no mistakes and parred the last three holes.

“It was always my dream to walk up the 18th green with a two-shot lead and that’s what happened,” said Hie who won his first pro title since joining the paid ranks in 2008. He was once ranked No. 6 amateur in the world.

India’s newly minted pro, Aadil Bedi (66) in only his seventh Asian Tour start, logged his career-high fourth place at 18-under.current sports news

Aman Raj (66) equaled his career-best and Abhijit Chadha (71) achieved a new personal best on Asian Tour. Both were Tied-fifth at 16-under.

There were further celebrations in store for India at this Jack Nicklaus-designed course with India putting on another six players inside top-20 for a total of 10 among the top-20.

Veer Ahlawat (66) and Karan Pratap Singh (67) were Tied-13th at 12-under and another four Kshitij Naveed Kaul (67), Karandeep Kochhar (68), Shivendra Singh Sisodia (68) and Viraj Madappa (69) were tied-17th at 11-under.

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Hie maintains slender lead at Classic Golf & Country Club Championship

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Rory Hie in action on Saturday.

Gurugram: A birdie on the final hole, though this time it was on the 18th, for the second day running helped the tenacious Indonesian Rory Hie stay ahead of the field at the $300,000 Classic Golf & Country Club International Championship 2019 on Saturday.

Though it was Hie who held the lead for the third straight day, the upper half of the leaderboard still continued to be crowded by Indians.

Rashid Khan, a two-time winner on the Asian Tour, handed in a 6-under par card of 66 on Saturday for a three-day aggregate of 200 (68-66-66). He was one shot behind Hie, whose 199 had rounds of 64, 68 and 67.

Completing the top five were Chandigarh golfers Abhijit Chadha, placed third on 15-under 201 (68-65-68) and Asian Tour rookie Aadil Bedi in fifth along with Thailand’s Kosuke Hamamoto on 12-under 204.

Between them in sole fourth place is Byungjun Kim of South Korea on 14-under 202.

It was the third straight day in the pole position for the 31-year-old Hie and it leaves him well-placed to push for a breakthrough win on the Asian Tour, though he will have to contend with the resurgent Rashid, who has a PGTI win here six years ago, though he missed the cut at another domestic event in February this year.

Hie said, “I just played golf, I didn’t think about my golf swing, everything was pretty positive, I was looking at where I wanted to place the ball. I always had a positive attitude towards every putt, it doesn’t matter if it’s a par putt or birdie putt. Right now I’m just really happy with the kind of golf I have been playing.”

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