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 

Chawrasia’s name has often been left out of discussions amongst pundits and golf fans whenever it touched on Indian golf

Indeed, Chawrasia showed all his traits to earn a sixth Asian Tour win and fourth European Tour title, which he emulated the total European wins held by Singh. He also became the first Indian to successfully defend a title on the European Tour and only the third to do so in the tournament’s rich history.

With only seven golfers breaking par throughout four days of brutal golf, which saw scores soaring into the 80s, Chawrasia stood tallest amongst the men, and despite the disadvantage of being a short hitter, he won by using his guile, touch and patience to prevail in such convincing manner that his peers took to twitter to pay tribute.

Belgian Nicolas Coelsarts tweeted his admiration. “I don’t think people understand how good S.S.P. Chawrasia's performance was last week, was demanding of everyone’s game and even more for him.”

Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello, the highest ranked in the field that week, wrote: “Congrats to SSP for a superb performance in a very challenging track and winning again on home soil!” while the legendary Player also extended a congratulatory tweet by saying: “Wonderful, hard fought win at DLF G&CC to go back-to-back #hio2017. Title defense is the best defense! Congratulations. GP”

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