Gurgaon: Seasoned golfer Smriti Mehra and youngster Sharmila Nicollet will spearhead Indian challenge but all eyes will be on defending champion Laura Davies when she tees off at the USD 300,000 Hero Women's Indian Open at the DLF Golf and Country Club on Friday.
First Indian woman to become a member of LPGA, Mehra and Nicollet, the current leader on domestic Tour, will be joined by young Nalini Singh Siwach as the trio would look to take on the rest of the world.
"This tournament is a great exposure for Indian women's professional golfers and we are hopeful for a good result from the Indians this year. I personally have recovered from my ankle injury and have been working hard on my game. I am better prepared this year," Mehra said.
Beside seven-time European Order of Merit winner Davies, the star-studded field will include Sophie Gustafson of Sweden, a four-time winner of the Money List, rookie Caroline Hedwall, who has already won three titles this season, and the flamboyant Christina Kim of the United States.