NEW DELHI, March 15 -- As the national Open, the Hero Indian Open is often called the "fifth Major" by Indian professionals. So, plenty will at stake for Shubhankar Sharma, Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia when they tee off at the DLF Golf & Country Club in Gurugram from March 28-31.

All three are going through a rough patch, albeit on different tours - Lahiri on the PGA Tour, Shubhankar and SSP in Europe, and there isn't a better platform to get back to the winners' circle again. History too is with them. SSP pulled off the rare feat of defending the title he won in 2016 at the Delhi Golf Club in DLF, and became the third player to do so in the tournament's 55-year-history. Add to it the four runner-up finishes, and few can match the 40-y...