Indian Open women's golf from November 9

The $400000 event at the DLF Golf and Country Club, Gurgaon, would see a host of former champions and Order of Merit winners headlined by Spaniard Carlota Ciganda, the current World No. 21 and the highest-ranked player in the field.

(From left) Neha Tripathi, Amandeep Drall, Saaniya Sharma and Gaurika Bishnoi at the launch of Hero Indian Open Ladies golf tournament in New Delhi on Thursday.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Having got its first-ever Indian winner in Aditi Ashok last year, the 11th edition of the Hero Women’s Indian Open golf would be held from November 9-12 this year. And the organisers are hoping for an encore from the Indians in the fray.

The $400000 event at the DLF Golf and Country Club, Gurgaon, would see a host of former champions and Order of Merit winners headlined by Spaniard Carlota Ciganda, the current World No. 21 and the highest-ranked player in the field. Compatriot Belen Mozo, Dane Emily Kristine Pedersen, Rookie of the Year and winner here in 2015 and ranked 23rd on the Order of Merit, American Beth Allen would be the other contenders to the title.

The winner of the Hero Women’s Indian Open 2015, Emily has competed in 16 LET tournaments and secured 6 top-15 finishes on the way to finishing the season in the seventh position on the LET order of merit in 2016. She will be keen to move up the ladder with a strong performance in India this year.

The Indian challenge would be led by Aditi, who has had an eventful maiden year on the pro tour and was also the Ladies European Tour's Rookie of the Year 2016 – the first Indian to achieve the honour. She followed her victory here with a title at the Qatar Ladies Open 2016 and would be a firm favourite to repeat her performance.

Vani Kapoor, seventh on the WGAI Order of Merit with earnings of Rs 5,21,000 and three victories in five appearances, would be the crowd favourite, playing on her home turf and part of a strong Indian contingent including Gaurika Bishnoi, Amandeep Drall, and Neha Tripathi.

This would be the eighth time DLF Golf and Country Club would be hosting the tournament.