The nine-time Major winner, who also had 24 PGA Tour triumphs in a stellar career, said he has been impressed with the idea of the awards. "It's important in any industry to recognize leaders, and the India Golf Awards will do just that," said Player.

"The recipients of these awards will have shown that they see the huge potential of golf in India, but their efforts need promotion and a media platform to inspire others. This annual event will help golf gain important momentum to establish itself as a prominent sport in India," he added.

The awards, which will be held on November 5 in Gurgaon, also have other eminent jury members such as Kavita Singh, director of Ladies European Tour Board and Abhi Parmar, director general of Indian Golf Union along with former India number one Vikramjit Singh and former Callaway India boss, Vivek Mehta.


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