PGTI Tour acquires OWGR ranking status

Indian golf received a shot in the arm today when the OWGR announced the inclusion of the PGTI Tour into their global rankings system for golfers

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PGTI Tour gains ranking status with the OWGR

Carnoustie, 20 July 2018: It is a red letter day for Indian golf. In a sensational development well before most people anticipated, the OWGR agreed in its meeting on Tuesday to sanction ranking points to the PGTI TOUR. As you already know, our professional golf tour turned open earlier this season, making it accessible to international golfers. The ranking points will enable our golfers pursue a full blown international career in golf and serve as a conduit to qualify other continental tours over time.

In a statement released earlier in the day, the OWGR said –

At its recent meeting during the 147th Open Championship, the Governing Board of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) approved the inclusion of the All Thailand Golf Tour, the Professional Golf Tour of India and the Japan Golf Tour’s Abema TV Tour, into the OWGR System.
 
The All Thailand Golf Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India will be introduced to the OWGR at a minimum level of 5 first place points for their tournaments that are played over 72 holes.
 
The Abema TV Tour will be introduced to the OWGR at minimum points levels of 4 first place points for its tournaments that are played over 54 holes. 
 
Inclusion for all three Tours is effective OWGR Week 1 – week ending January 6th, 2019.
 
The Governing Board also announced that the Asian Tour’s Ho Tram Players Championship is to acquire OWGR Flagship Tournament status in place of the Indonesian Masters, effective immediately. The winner will receive a minimum of 20 first place points.
“This is a great development for Indian golf,” said Shubhankar from Carnoustie in the Open Championship. “The Tour wil now be able to attract better talent and help our golfers break through inside the top 500 over time. The future for golf in India is very exciting.”
The development opens new vistas for the over 150 professionals working on the circuit. It will also enable the PGTI to expand their market beyond India and bring in more sponsors. This should help deepen the ecosystem for the game in India and strengthen the game through increased competition and resources.

Uttam Mundy has played a key role in helping the Indian tour reach this important milestone. “Great news for Indian golf. We are looking forward to it from the next year. The timing is perfect too considering that the Olympics are in 2020,” he told GI in Carnoustie.

“We are also very thankful to the Asian Tour, who have been extremely helpful in walking us through the application process. Their guidance helped us meet the requirements set out by OWGR to qualify for the ranking points,” added the CEO of the PGTI Tour.

On what this means to the players, Uttam said, “This is certainly a great development for the players. They can look forward to not only gain valuable points, but also play against quality international golfers.”

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