Chawrasia wins first title abroad #RWMMasters2016

Sun 13 Nov 2016

Chawrasia wins first title abroad #RWMMasters2016

  • SHARE
Manila, November 13: India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia lifted his first Asian Tour title abroad after prevailing at the second play-off hole to win the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters on Sunday.
 S.S.P Chawrasia of India S.S.P Chawrasia of India
Victory at the richest golf tournament in the Philippines was the first for the 38-year-old outside India and it was one to remember after he birdied the 18th play-off hole twice to clinch victory over Sam Chien of the United States and Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung.
“I am very happy. This is my first win outside of India. I am very excited. Everyone has been telling me I have won a lot of times in India and it’s about time to win outside of India. I am glad I did it this week,” said Chawrasia.
Chawrasia finished regulation play with a flawless six-under-par 66 to force his way into a three-way play-off after Fung and Chien had earlier set the clubhouse lead at 19-under-par 269.
When Fung bowed out with a bogey at the first play-off hole, it was down to Chawrasia and rookie Chien to battle for top honours at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.
Chien hit a wayward tee shot that went straight into the hazard leaving Chawrasia in an advantageous position after he had hit a solid drive into the middle of the fairway earlier.
Sam Chien of USA Sam Chien of USA
The American then took a relief but hit his shot back into the rough, effectively ruling him out of the equation for the Resorts World Manila Masters title.
“Chawrasia played some great golf in the playoff. I was just trying to be aggressive but maybe I was a little bit too aggressive. I played well on the first extra hole but the second time I just did not away with it,” said Chien.
Chawarasia meanwhile continued his brilliance by hitting his second shot onto the green, where the ball landed just 20 feet away from the pin.
The Indian then saw his eagle putt sailed just within inches away from the pin but an easy birdie putt was enough to seal his fifth Asian Tour victory.
“I know every shot is crucial when you are in a play-off. So I just tried to calm myself down out there and I’m just glad I hit two brilliant second shots that got me the title,” said Chawrasia.
Nichola Fung of Malaysia Nichola Fung of Malaysia
Fung was left to wait longer for his maiden breakthrough on the Asian Tour.
But he was still proud of how he played especially during regulation time where he closed with five successive birdies starting from the 14th hole.
“I didn’t expect myself to finish the round with five straight birdies in a row. I was only at three-under at the turn. So it was really unbelievable when I start to sink in those birdies from the
14th hole.
“Two of my good friends, Chan Shih-chang and Pavit have already progressed from being ADT winners to winners on the Asian Tour. Their victories have really motivated me and it’ll be my time very soon,” said Fung.
Resorts World Manila Masters partners include Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club, Marriott (Official Hotel Partner) and supported by Aristocrat, IGT, Konami, Scientific Games, Empire Automation, LJ Industries, Levelwear, RGB LTD, PLDT Alpha, Dalmore, Srixon and Bloomberg.
Leading scores after round 4 of the Resorts World Manila Masters being played at the par 72, 7317 Yards Manila Southwoods GcC course (am - denotes amateur):
269 - S.S.P CHAWRASIA (IND) 68-64-71-66, Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 66-69-71-63, Sam CHIEN (USA) 74-65-65-65.
(Chawrasia won in second play-off hole with a birdie)
270 - Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) 69-70-69-62, Chiragh KUMAR (IND) 67-70-69-64, Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND) 64-65-74-67.
271 - Michael TRAN (VNM) 67-66-71-67, HUNG Chien-yao (TPE) 65-71-68-67, Sutijet KOORATANAPISAN (THA) 65-66-69-71.
272 - Danthai BOONMA (THA) 64-72-73-63, Jbe KRUGER (RSA) 69-67-67-69, Terry PILKADARIS (AUS) 66-70-67-69.
273 - Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 68-68-75-62, Jay BAYRON (PHI) 71-68-70-64, Shunya TAKEYASU (JPN) 69-70-68-66, Carlos PIGEM (ESP) 69-68-69-67, Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 67-70-69-67, Phachara KHONGWATMAI (THA) 67-66-69-71.
274 - Tom JOHNSON (USA) 71-69-68-66, Chikkarangappa S. (IND) 68-67-70-69, Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 69-66-69-70.
Ends.
About Resorts World Manila
RWM is the first one-stop, non-stop entertainment and leisure destination in the Philippines that features recreational thrills, world-class performances, unique events, and exciting lifestyle options.
Conveniently located across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, RWM is an instant gateway to world-class Philippine hospitality and is home to four international lodging brands, (MAXIMS Hotel, MARRIOTT Hotel Manila, BELMONT Hotel, and REMINGTON Hotel), a three-story convention center housing the country’s largest hotel ballroom (Marriott Grand Ballroom), and two more hotels (SHERATON Hotel Manila and HILTON Hotel Manila) currently under construction.
Also home to RWM is The NEWPORT Mall which features international luxury brands, state-of-the-art movie theaters the Newport Cinemas, an award-winning, ultra-modern Newport Performing Arts Theater (NPAT), and a cozy, 24/7 entertainment hub at Bar 360. Dine in one of almost 50 restaurant outlets offering a diverse selection of local and world cuisine, prepared by top Filipino and foreign chefs and paired with a wide selection of the finest wines and popular liquors.
Resorts World Manila— Nothing Compares.
About Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is an award-winning frequent traveler program that rewards you whenever you travel. It’s free, fast, flexible and exclusive. There are thousand ways to earn or redeem points at over 4,000 hotels in 70+ countries worldwide. Visit www.marriott.com/rewards and sign up for free!
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at:
www.asiantour.com
www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf
www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf
www.youtube.com/theasiantour
www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.