New Delhi: Panasonic Open India received a significant boost with the support of the Ministry of Tourism India and confirmation of live television coverage over four rounds on the Asian Tour's global platform next week.

The event will go to over 200 countries and 650 million homes across the live, highlights, magazine programmes and via the additional exposure generated by golfing world.

Indian star Anirban Lahiri will defend his title against a strong line-up of players including Thai legend Thaworn Wiratchant, and Prom Meesawat, Peter Karmis of South Africa and newly-crowned HANDA FALDO Cambodian Classic winner, David Lipsky of the United States.

The live broadcast of the USD 300,000 Panasonic Open India will also highlight the unique and venerable Delhi Golf Club which was built amidst old temples and monuments. The tournament will be held from March 29 to April 1.

"We are delighted to work closely with the Asian Tour on promoting and enhancing the sport in India. The live television coverage will further boost the stature of the game and showcase the immense talent of the Indian and Asian golfers," said Padamjit Sandhu, Director PGTI.

A strong-line of Asian Tour stars including Thailand's Chawalit Plaphol, a three-time Asian Tour winner, Siddikur of Bangladesh and Ben Fox of the United States will also feature in the event.