Chawrasia charges to customary top spot #HIO2017

Fri 10 Mar 2017

Chawrasia charges to customary top spot #HIO2017


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New Delhi, March 10: Title holder S.S.P. Chawrasia charged to the top of the leaderboard with a superb five-under-par 67 in the weather-disrupted second round of the Hero Indian Open on Friday.

Chawrasia, a five-time Asian Tour winner, was at his sparkling best at the ultra-demanding DLF Golf and Country Club’s Gary Player course, rolling in five birdies to edge one shot ahead of first round leader and playing partner David Horsey of England.

Spaniard Carlos Pigem, a one-time winner on the Asian Tour, battled to a 73 to stay in the hunt following a topsy-turvy day that included two double bogeys which left him three off the pace.

David Horsey. David Horsey.

Following another lightning disruption which forced a two hour and 40 minute suspension in the afternoon, half the field from the afternoon session will return on Saturday, 7am to complete their rounds.

Amongst them is Italy’s Matteo Manassero, who stood at three under for the tournament through seven holes, two shots back of Chawrasia.

Chawrasia, 38, was delighted to complete his 36 holes moments before the hooter went off at 2.45pm as he amassed a two-day total of five-under-par 139. He was at his straight-shooting best and holed monster putts on five and eight from 25 and 20 feet respectively.

The US$1.75 million Hero Indian Open is tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Indian Golf Union.

Did you know:

  • Chawrasia’s round of 67 is only the second round of the tournament which was bogey-free. It was also his lowest round of the 2017 season. He missed only four greens and needed 27 putts for his round.

  • Chawrasia has played in five tournaments this year, missing three cuts and posting a tied 35th in Perth as his best finish to date.

  • Chawrasia won the Hero Indian Open title by two shots last year. Prior to that, he had finished runner-up on four occasions. He also won the Resorts World Manila Masters last November for his first title outside of India and finished sixth on the Order of Merit.

  • Horsey completed three holes of his first round on Friday morning with a bogey free 66 to grab the first round lead. In his second round which he played with Chawrasia, he shot three birdies against three bogeys and one double bogey.

  • Horsey is chasing his fifth European Tour victory and his first since the 2015 Made in Denmark tournament.

  • Pigem made four birdies, one bogey and two double bogeys in his round of 73. He missed five greens and took 29 putts in his round.

  • Pigem is chasing his second Asian Tour title after his maiden triumph in the 2016 Yeangder TPC. This season, his best finish was second place at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open.

  • Pigem’s best finish on the European Tour is tied fourth at the 2016 Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

Last year I won, so I have lots of positivity. And now I’m leading so obviously I’m confident and I’m trying to win this tournament again. Hopefully I’ll play good the next two days. - SSP Chawrasia

Carlos Pigem Carlos Pigem


S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind) – Second Round 67 (-5), Total 139 (-5)

I shot five under and I’m very happy. First day I was level par as I was a little bit scared as it’s a new course and it’s very tricky. Overall I played good today. My hitting was really good and some putts dropped, that’s why I made five under. Great putts on five and eight, they were tough putts. On five, it was from about 25 feet and on eight, it was around 20 feet. Both were long putts.

I won’t change anything. I’ll keep the same strategy. Hit it straight and putt well (laughter). Very simple. This course is very tricky and you’ve got to be straight all the time. The greens are tough. All the time, you need full concentration on every single shot.

Last year I won, so I have lots of positivity. And now I’m leading so obviously I’m confident and I’m trying to win this tournament again. Hopefully I’ll play good the next two days.

David Horsey (Eng), Second round 74 (+2), Total 140 (-4)

Towards the end, I was getting a bit tired, I didn’t sleep very well last night. It was an early start, up at half past four this morning. But I played quite nicely. A little bit disappointed with the finish, I left a few putts out there on the back nine. But still, I’m only one behind just now, that’s not a bad position going into the weekend.

It’s (fifth hole) tough, yeah. It’s a long, island green. It was about 170 today, but I hit it in the bunker and three-putted. Then I four-putted eight and missed a short one on nine, so I’ve wasted three or four shots there on the greens.

SSP Chawrasia SSP Chawrasia

Carlos Pigem (Esp), Second round 73 (+1), Total 142 (-2)

It’s a very tough golf course. You are under pressure in every single shot, so you have to play the shot 100%. The two shots I really missed today cost me two double-bogeys because I hit two balls into the water. You have to keep fighting here. We’ll see what is going to happen at the weekend.

It was windy on the first nine also and I played one under, pretty good. Then I make another birdie and miss a shot on hole number five, I hit it in the water. Then on hole number eight, the same. It’s still a good round, 73 is not bad, and we’ll see what happens the next two days. It’s going to be really important not to make three putts because these greens are very big and sloped. I think that will be the key.

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