Ahlawat, the new face of Indian pro golf, sets his eyes on the DGC Open

  Harpal Singh Bedi

Veer Ahlawat

New Delhi: Veer Ahlawat, is the new face of Indian Pro golf.

Ahlawat with a superb 67-67 over the weekend, finished in Top-10 at the Blue Canyon Championship in Phuket and was his second such result after a similar T-8 at home in Panasonic Open India in 2019.

He followed that up almost immediately with a T-5 finish at the Singapore Open in January 2022 and also made it to the main field of the star-studded Saudi International where he met Dustin Johnson, a player he admires a lot.

In 2015, Ahlawat was runner-up at the MCB Indian Ocean Amateur golf. That year he also made the Indian team for the prestigious Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf at Clearwater Bay course in Hong Kong.

Towards the end of 2015, Anitya convinced Ahlawat to take the plunge into pro golf. Despite not being sure, Ahlawat took the advice and played the PGTI Qualifying School and made the grade. And thus started his journey in pro golf.

He turned pro in 2016 and it took till 2019 to get his first win. He awaits his next trophy but he says that the confidence levels are growing each day. Ahlawat hopes that 2022 will be his breakthrough year after enduring two years of disruptions due to Covid.

Veer has come off a great season or two on the domestic PGTI Tour which has given him great confidence. In 11 starts in 2021, he had two runner-up finishes and two third places and two other Top-10s. In 2020, when he had just 7 starts, he was Top-10 six times which included a runner-up finish.

While he has been the bridesmaid on numerous occasions in the last two years, he does have a win – at the Indian Oil Servo Masters in Digboi in 2019. Since then, he has been looking for his second win. “It will happen soon, I hope,” he adds.

Currently in Thailand for two more events, Veer Ahlawat, 25, has his eyes set on the inaugural The DGC Open presented by Mastercard which is to be played at The Delhi Golf Club this month. It is a course he has played on and loves the challenge, more so after the changes to the Lodhi Course at DGC.

“I played at the new layout last December in a PGTI event. I finished close to Top-10 (he was T-11). It can be tricky, especially for someone like me who likes to be aggressive,” said Ahlawat. “I love the course and the atmosphere and it has so much history.”

He was also happy that an additional event with a prize purse of half a million dollars presented a big opportunity for homeboys. “Always nice to play at home,” added Ahlawat who lives in neighbouring Gurugram.

HSB 

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