Last September, it was announced that PGTI tournaments would be eligible for Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points from this year.
The ₹ 40 lakh Golconda Masters at Hyderabad Golf Association (February 6-9) was the first such event and winner Chikkarangappa S. became the first golfer to earn OWGR points in the domestic circuit. The 5 points he won helped him improve his World Ranking by 104 spots (461 to 357).
At the ₹ 30 lakh PGTI Players Championship the following week (February 12-15), Shubhankar Sharma’s participation made headlines. The then World No. 119 had opted to play at Classic Golf and Country Club the week before the prestigious $10.25 million WGC-Mexico Championship. Given his appearance, OWGR gave the event special consideration and so 7 points were on offer for the winner.
Udayan Mane’s subsequent win gave him a World Ranking boost of a whopping 416 spots (962 to 546). Sharma’s T-2 finish saw his ranking go up ten places to 109.
Meanwhile, Kshitij Naveed Kaul became the youngest Indian to earn OWGR points at a PGTI event. The 18-year-old finished fifth and saw his ranking rise to 1,015 from 1,250.