Chawrasia ready for title charge #HeroIndianOpen

Fri 11 Mar 2016

Chawrasia ready for title charge #HeroIndianOpen

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Delhi, March 11: S.S.P. Chawrasia of India hopes to be victorious at the US$1.66 million Hero Indian Open next week after finishing second on four occasions in the past.
The EurAsia Cup star was defeated in a play-off to eventual champion Anirban Lahiri last year but he remains hopeful of landing the prestigious title when the event takes place at the Delhi Golf Club from March 17 to 20. He also finished second in 1999, 2006 and 2013.
Chawrasia will be among a strong cast at the Hero Indian Open which include title holder Lahiri, three-time Major champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland, current Order of Merit leader Marcus Fraser of Australia and two-time Asian Tour number one Jeev Milkha Singh.
Asia’s rising stars Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines, Natipong Srithong of Thailand, Danthai Boonma and Chiragh Kumar, who won his first Asian Tour title at the Delhi course last year, will also feature in event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour for the second consecutive year.
Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka, Jeunghun Wang of Korea, Carlos Pigem of Spain, Paul Peterson of the United States, Sam Brazel of Australia and Thanyakon Khrongpha of Thailand are among the players hoping to secure their first Asian Tour title after coming close on numerous occasions.
Chawrasia, a three-time Asian Tour winner, will have a point to prove at the Hero Indian Open and past defeats have fuelled his desire to win his National Open.
“The Indian Open is the biggest event in my country and ever Indian golfer wants to win it. When I lose in any tournament, I realise I learn from it and that helps me improve. I’ve come close so many times so I’m a bit disappointed but this is part of golf,” said Chawrasia.
“I’m very excited to play at Delhi again because I always have good results. All the Indian players know how to tackle the course and my game is slowly getting better so I’m feeling confident,” he said.
Chawrasia held a two-shot lead heading into the final round but struggled to a disappointing 76 in gusty conditions which allowed Lahiri to fight back from being seven shots down to force a play-off.
“I didn’t play very well in the final round. It was very windy. At Delhi, you have to be cool, hit it straight and putt well. If you can do these three things well, then you can win on the course,” explained the 37-year-old.
A tied fifth result in Myanmar was Chawrasia’s best result so far this year and the Indian admits he has been struggling to find consistency with the flat stick.
“I’ve been struggling with my putting but I’m slowly trying to fix it. I found something small which I’ve not been doing and I’m putting better. I didn’t keep my head down but I’m doing it now and I’m starting to putt better,” said Chawrasia.
The Hero Indian Open has been a regular fixture on the Asian Tour Schedule and it will be sanctioned with the European Tour for the second consecutive year. This year marks the 52nd edition of the prestigious tournament.
About Hero MotorCorp Ltd
For 15 consecutive years, Hero MotoCorp has remained the world's largest two-wheeler manufacturer in terms of unit volumes sold in a calendar year by a single company. The company sold over 6.63 million two-wheelers in the financial year 2014-15. The New Delhi, India-headquartered Hero MotoCorp currently sells its range of motorcycles and scooters in 26 countries spread across Asia, Africa and South and Central America. By the year 2020, Hero aims to be present in 50 countries.
For over two decades, Hero has been associated with various disciplines of sports including golf, cricket, football and hockey. In the biggest-ever celebrity brand endorsement initiative by an Indian company, Hero MotoCorp in 2014 signed on 14 times Major champion Tiger Woods as its Global Corporate Partner. Top Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri is also a Hero Brand Ambassador.
Hero has been sponsoring the men?s Indian Open since 2005 and the Women?s Indian Open since 2010. Hero also sponsors India?s domestic Pro Tour for women. Hero last year became the title sponsor of the Tiger Woods Invitational - the PGA-sanctioned Hero World Challenge.
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