Bangladesh golfing icon Siddikur Rahman, who won the inaugural BTI Open last year, is not participating this time around. In his absence, Mohammad Zamal Hossain Mollah will lead the charge on behalf of the host nation.
Indian golfer Rashid Khan is one of the favourites this year but there are some other names from the neighbouring country like Ajeetesh Sandhu, Shamim Khan, Khalin Joshi and Udayan Mane who can exhibit a strong display. Sri Lanka will also be well represented in the form of Mithun Perera and Anura Rohana.
A press conference was held at Kurmitola Gold Club on Sunday where the details of the tournament were announced. It was informed that the tournament will be the Professional Golf Tour of India's highest prize-money event in Bangladesh, carrying a prize purse of Tk4.8m.
“The PGTI, the BPGA and BTI are working towards a common goal of promoting professional golf in the south Asian region. The second edition of the BTI Open is a reflection of this shared vision. Tournaments such as the BTI Open will further contribute towards the strengthening of golfing ties between India and Bangladesh,” said PGTI director Uttam Singh Mundy.