SSP - Truly Made in India

S.S.P Chawrasia successfully defended his Hero Indian Open title in early March by seven-shot. As Chuah Choo Chiang writes, the slightly built Chawrasia proves that the old cliché ‘drive for show, putt for dough’ is always right 

Standing at a mere 1.65m and weighing 67kg, Chawrasia proves proving that golfing success is not just all about driving the ball a mile

Of course, the names of Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal, Jyoti Randhawa and Anirban Lahiri, all former Asian Tour number ones, are often mused as the sub-continent’s flagbearers and rightly so too due to the amount of success they have achieved.

This all changed when Chawrasia successfully defended his Hero Indian Open title at the ultra-demanding DLF Golf and Country Club’s Gary Player course in early March by romping to a majestic seven-shot victory.

Hosting its first men’s international competition following a total revamp of its course, the eye-catching Player design measured at a beastly 7,373 yards on the tournament scorecard, and that too with tournament officials opting to not use all the championship tees due to the severity of the design, which included tough and penal driving holes, elevated and undulating greens.

After his first practice round, Chawrasia, who had won most of his titles at the Delhi Golf Club, shook his head in disbelief at how challenging the golf course was but he took it all in his stride, probably adhering to Player’s advice via a tweet which said “patience will be rewarded.’

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