European Golf Tour
PGA European - Avantha Masters Preview
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DATES: Thursday, March 14th through Sunday, March 17th
SITE: Jaypee Greens Golf Club, Greater Noida, Delhi/NCR, India
COURSE ARCHITECT: Greg Norman (2000)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,347
Hole-by-Hole1 - Par 4 413 Yds
2 - Par 5 562 Yds
3 - Par 3 216 Yds
4 - Par 5 569 Yds
5 - Par 4 356 Yds
6 - Par 4 450 Yds
7 - Par 3 176 Yds
8 - Par 4 482 Yds
9 - Par 4 455 Yds
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36 3,679 Yds
10 - Par 4 354 Yds
11 - Par 4 461 Yds
12 - Par 5 569 Yds
13 - Par 4 407 Yds
14 - Par 3 162 Yds
15 - Par 5 561 Yds
16 - Par 4 462 Yds
17 - Par 3 231 Yds
18 - Par 4 461 Yds
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36 3,668 Yds
Annual:  5th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (et) -
  taped,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Jbe Kruger
Runner-Up:  Marcel Siem, Jorge Campillo
Tournament Record:  273 (S.S.P. Chowrasia, 2011)
54-Hole Record:  204 (Robert Coles, 2011)
36-Hole Record:  133 (Yih-Shin Chan, 2010)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Tetsuji Hiratsuka, 2010 - DLF Golf & Country Club)
Course Record:  60 (Anirban Lahiri, 2011)
Total Purse:  $2,343,800 (1,800,000 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $388,650; 2nd Place - $259,100; 3rd Place - $145,976
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Jbe Kruger274Prom Meesawat278
Marcel Siem276Jean-Baptiste Gonnet278
Jorge Campillo276Tano Goya278
Jose Manuel Lara277Thorbjorn Olesen278
Marcus Fraser277Four players at279
 
Past Avantha Masters Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Jbe Kruger (274) -- Marcel Siem, Jorge Campillo
2011S.S.P. Chowrasia (273) -- Robert Coles
2010Andrew Dodt (274) -- Richard Finch
2009Not Held
2008S.S.P. Chowrasia (279) -- Damien McGrane
NOTE:Formerly called EMAAR-MGF Indian Masters (2008).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player201020112012
Jbe Kruger---T-16Won
Jorge Campillo------T-2
Ricardo Santos------T-10
Gregory HavretT-443rdT-14
Joost LuitenT-35T-16T-17
Felipe AguilarT-52T-36T-17
Andrew DodtWonT-45T-35
Thongchai Jaidee---T-22T-41
Bernd Wiesberger---T-29T-41
S.S.P. ChowrasiamcWonT-48
Jeev Milkha SinghmcT-11T-48
Michael Hoey---------
Colin Montgomerie---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Ricardo Santos
Darkhorse - Felipe Aguilar
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Steve Stricker) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jason Day) - Finished tied for 33rd
 
NOTES:The European Tour travels to India this week for the Avantha Masters.
The highest-ranked player in the field is world No. 59 Thongchai Jaidee from Thailand. Jaidee, Bernd Wiesberger of Austria (74), Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden (86), Simon Dyson of England (93) and Jeev Milkha Singh (99) of India are the only top-100 players in the field. This event is tri-sanctioned between the European Tour, the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India.

The tournament will be held at Jaypee Greens Golf Club for the first time. The course was designed by Greg Norman and opened for play in 2000. The previous three years were staged at DLF Golf & Country Club.

Three players from India have won on the European Tour -- Arjun Atwal, S.S.P. Chowrasia and Singh. Atwal was the first Indian player to win at the 2002 Singapore Masters. Chowrasia and Singh are in the field this week.

Last year, Jbe Kruger fired weekend rounds of 66 and 69 to win by two strokes over Marcel Siem and Jorge Campillo. Kruger, who won for the first time on the European Tour, ended the event at 14-under-par 274.

In 2011, Chowrasia shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to win by a single stroke over Robert Coles. Coles had a chance to push the tournament to a playoff, but he bogeyed the par-5 18th, allowing Chowrasia to win this event for the second time. Chowrasia, who won the inaugural tournament in 2008, finished at 15-under 273 for the week.

Andrew Dodt closed with a 4-under 68 in the final round of 2010's tournament to earn his first European Tour title. Dodt finished at 14-under-par 274 to win by a single stroke over Richard Finch.

The 2010 event made European Tour history when seven players (Richard Bland, Fredrik Andersson Hed, Rahil Gangjee, Tetsuji Hiratsuka, Darren Beck, Barry Lane, Yih-Shin Chan) were tied for the lead going into the final round. The previous record was six at the 2003 Canaries Open de Espana and 2004 Aa St Omer Open.

The European Tour heads to Malaysia next week for the Maybank Malaysian Open at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, where Louis Oosthuizen captured the 2012 title.

03/12 15:02:47 ET

As of March 12, 2013, at 03:02 PM ET