New Delhi: The prestigious Hero Indian Open will be staged at the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) in Bangalore for the first time in the tournament's illustrious history of 48 years.

India's National Open has so far been held only in Delhi and Kolkata but the Indian Golf Union (IGU), Nimbus Sport and Asian Tour today announced it will be held from October 18 to 21 with a prize purse of USD 1.25 million.

The 49th edition of the event, being staged in Bangalore aligns with IGU's vision to maximize the reach of quality golf across India, providing golfers and fans across the nation an opportunity to truly embrace one of Asia's oldest Opens.

"For the first time, the event will be staged in Bangalore reinforcing the commitment of IGU to promote golf across India. I also commend Nimbus Sport's enthusiasm in showcasing the tournament in Bangalore, thereby helping the reach of the event across India," Manjit Singh, President, Indian Golf Union said.

Pawan Munjal, MD and CEO of Hero MotoCorp Ltd, said: "Indian golf today reflects the India Story – young, talented and confident to take on the world. We at Hero also reflect the same spirit. We are a young company ready to spread our wings across the globe. And therefore, it gives me immense pleasure to see the reach of the event spreading across India.

"We hope to see members, aspiring golfers and fans of the sport on the course that week. Like in the previous years, I am hopeful that we will discover a new golfing talent this year as well."

Sumit Rathor, President, KGA said: "On behalf of the Managing Committee we are privileged and pleased to host the jewel in the crown of Indian golf – The Hero Indian Open.

"It is indeed our pleasure to see the momentous tournament come down south and showcase some of the best golfing talents across Asia."

Asian Tour Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han lauded the move to take the event to a new destination, saying it will help to grow professional golf across the sub-continent.

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