His Life: A Pioneer of Golf in India
- Year 1972 – Born in New Delhi.
- Year 1994 – Started his professional career in golf.
- Year 2001 – Married Chitrangada Singh.
- Year 2002 – Won the Asian Order of Merit.
- Year 2004 – Ranked in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking.
“I never planned to become something by playing golf. It just happened. That is why the pressure doesn’t get to me – you win, you win, you lose, you lose.”
Jyoti Randhawa is an Indian professional golf player who was ranked in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking. He is also an excellent marksman and enjoys swimming and adventure sports.
Son of an Indian Army officer, he learned discipline at home:
Jyoti Randhawa was born on May 4, 1972 in New Delhi. Jyoti Randhawa’s father, R.S. Randhawa is a retired Brigadier of the Indian Army. His grandfather also served in the army and has participated in the World War I.
An adrenaline junkie, his personal life has been like a roller coaster:
Jyoti Randhawa got married to Bollywood actress Chitrangada Singh. They had known each other since childhood. Both of their fathers were in the same regiment of the Indian army. There was a five year long magical love that led to their marriage. The couple has a son named Zorawar Randhawa. The couple got divorced in April 2014 and their son’s custody has been granted to Chitrangada Singh.
He has been a flag bearer of Indian golf for more than two decades now:
Jyoti Randhawa started his professional career in golf in the year 1994, after the victory in the All India Amateur Championship in the year 1993. He participated in the European Tour from 2005 to 2010 and then started playing on the Asian Tour. He won eight times between 1998 and 2009. The distinguished career of Jyoti Randhawa has earned him the distinction of being the second best Indian golf player after Jeev Milkha Singh. He is a well-known name in the Asian PGA Tours and also in the European Tours. His best finish was on the European Tour, which came at the Johnnie Walker Classic in the year 2004 and in it he finished second.
In August 2002, he made a stellar comeback after he broke his collarbone in a motorcycle accident earlier in the year. At the end of the season, he was voted as “The Player of the Year” by his contemporaries. The same year, Jyoti Randhawa became the first Asian recipient of “The Order of Merit” Award after his win in the Singapore Open Tournament. The following year, he won his solitary title at the Suntory Open in Japan. He represented India at the World Cup four times in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009. He was ranked in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking many times between the year 2004 and 2009.
Apart from Golf he also excels in swimming and shooting and he is a true athlete at heart. He also loves to ride horses, sky diving, diving and biking. He was also arrested in connection with the poaching of rare animals and birds in the Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh where A-22 Rifle and other equipment were recovered from him on 26 December 2018.
He has gathered a number of awards in his illustrious career:
Jyoti Randhawa holds the record for his highest win as an Indian, along with the players Arjun Atwal and Gaganjeet Bhullar. He also has one title win in Japan and in total, the golfer has 16 professional wins to his name. He also got eight wins on the Asian tour, which was between 1998 and 2009.