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Randhawa reaches career milestone at The Panasonic Open India

Gurgaon, India, November 13: India’s Jyoti Randhawa will hit his career milestone on the Asian Tour when he tees up for his 300th event on Tour at the US$400,000 Panasonic Open India which starts on Thursday.

Jyoti Randhawa of India

Randhawa turned professional in 1994 and has since gone on to win eight titles on the Asian Tour.

One of Randhawa’s finest seasons came in 2002 when he topped the Asian Tour Order of Merit to be crowned Asia’s number one then.

While Randhawa’s last Asian Tour victory dates back almost a decade ago, the 47-year-old is still feeling the fire in his belly and holds the belief that he can return to the winner’s circle again.

Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman, who has finished runner-up on three occasions at the Panasonic Open India, remains ever hopeful of making it count at the Classic Golf and Country Club this week.

Argentina’s Miguel Carballo will be seeking his second win of the season following his breakthrough in Indonesia in September.

The Argentinian believes his growing confidence has given him the belief that he can tackle the challenging demands of the new host venue of the Panasonic Open India.

Did you know?

  • Jyoti Randhawa once reached a career high of 70th place on the Official World Golf Ranking in March 2008.
  • Out of his eight Asian Tour victories, five of them have come from home. Randhawa has also captured the titles of five National Opens, with three Indian Opens, one Thailand Open and one Singapore Open.
  • Randhawa enjoyed his best finish of 2019 in Thailand last week when he finished tied-14th. 
  • Randhawa enjoyed a memorable year in 2004 when he won the season finale Volvo Masters of Asia and finished second on the Order of Merit with US$351,709.
  • Siddikur Rahman enjoyed his best result of the year so far at the recent Mercuries Taiwan Masters where he finished tied-fifth. 
  • Twice a winner on the Asian Tour, his first win came at the 2010 Brunei Open and he followed it up three years later with another win at the Hero Indian Open.
  • Siddikur also has 10 second or tied-second finishes on the Asian Tour, three of which has come at the Panasonic Open India (2012, 2015 and 2018).
  • The Bangladeshi’s best year on the Asian Tour was in 2013 when he finished fourth on the Order of Merit with over US$495,000 in earnings, and he was also in the top-ten in 2010 and 2011 when he finished seventh and eight respectively.
  • Miguel Carballo of Argentina won his first Asian Tour title at the Bank-BRI Indonesia Open in September this year.
  • He also has two recent wins on the Asian Development Tour (ADT): the Singha Laguna Phuket Open in May this year and the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament presented by Panasonic in 2018.
  • Before joining the Asian Tour Carballo also notched two wins on the Korn Ferry Tour and one on the European Challenge Tour.

Players' Quotes

Jyoti Randhawa (Ind)
Well you know what, it doesn't seem that long. I remember my first tournament and 300 feels a long time, but it doesn't feel that long. I'm just feeling great and having played so many events. It's surprising to me also. I didn't realize it. The highlights? Winning the Indian Opens was good, because you know, you’re a local boy and you are able to win in your own country. I won three of them actually. First one was special, this golf course it was. Then after it was Singapore, Japan, Thailand. So yeah, it's been it's been a long, long time. This week I just need to hit it long and putt straight. This is what this golf course needs. So, hit as far as you can and make those putts. The best years on the Asian Tour was when I won the Order of Merit in 2002, and also in 2000. I won two events, I won the Singapore Open and the Indian Open in the same year, 2000, and then I won the Order of Merit in 2002 I think if I'm not off. Yeah, those were the good years. I have a lot of good memories.

Siddikur Rahman (Ban)
I always have fond memories of the Panasonic Open India. This is a very good golf course. I’m really excited and ready for this. I know this golf course very well as I’ve played here several times since my amateur days. I’ve many good results here. This is not a very long golf course and since my accuracy is quite sharp lately, I feel I can take advantage of it.  I just want to play well this week and hope for the best. Hopefully, it’ll be my week and I don’t end up finishing second again.

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