Chowrasia confident of winning outside of India soon

Mon 29 Apr 2013

Chowrasia confident of winning outside of India soon

  • SHARE
Kuala Lumpur, April 29: India’s S.S.P. Chowrasia believes he is getting closer to a first Asian Tour victory outside of his country after a strong showing at the Ballantine’s championship in Korea last week.
The double Asian Tour winner finished strongly to come in tied 11th on Sunday and moved up to 18th place on the latest Order of Merit. Chowrasia has won twice on home soil in the past five years but thinks he is finally headed in the right direction in his search for a third title.
“I’ve regained a lot of confidence especially with my results recently. I finished tied fifth at the Panasonic Open India and today’s (Sunday) round really gave me back my self-belief,” said Chowrasia, who closed with a four-under-par 68.
“I’ve been working on my putting and it has been getting better day by day. I’m trying to get my first win outside of India and hopefully that win will come very soon based on my current form,” added the Indian, who needed only 26 putts on the last day.
Another man in good form is Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, who stormed up the leaderboard with a closing 65 for a share of the sixth place. A cheque of US$76,024 moved Thongchai into sixth position on the Order of Merit, which is still led by countryman Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
Thongchai heads to the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters at Royale Jakarta Golf Club this week where he will seek a 14th Asian Tour title.
“I think we are very confident right now,” said the three-time Asian Tour number one. “It’s just a case of getting the putting to work and my game will be better.”
“I’m enjoying my golf right now. I just have to think about my putting.”
Kiradech extended his lead at the top of the Merit list with another US$45,840 added to his season’s haul of US$662,375 after finishing equal 11th in Korea.
Closest rival Gaganjeet Bhullar of India uncharacteristically missed the halfway cut while Australia’s Scott Hend finished joint 31st to take his season’s tally to US$229,638. Hend will be hoping to narrow the gap in Indonesia this week.
China’s Liang Wen-chong, who settled for a share of 55th position in Korea, is fourth on the Order of Merit with US$185,383 while Korea’s Baek Seuk-hyun is fifth.
The US$750,000 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters, headlined by reigning Asian Tour number one Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand and British Open champion Ernie Els, is a full-field Asian Tour event and will be starting on Thursday.
The Asian Tour is celebrating its milestone 10th season as a players’ organisation in 2013.
ASIAN TOUR ORDER OF MERIT - TOP-20
Pos Player Earnings (US$)
1. Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) 662,375
2. Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 269,066
3. Scott HEND (AUS) 229,638
4. LIANG Wen-chong (CHN) 185,383
5. BAEK Seuk-hyun (KOR) 147,004
6. Thongchai JAIDEE (THA) 122,672
7. Wade ORMSBY (AUS) 118,134
8. KIM Gi-whan (KOR)    108,467
9. SIDDIKUR (BAN) 90,065
10. Shiv KAPUR (IND) 87,566
11. Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 86,586
12. Bryce EASTON (RSA) 85,005
13. Berry HENSON (USA) 83,900
14. Joonas GRANBERG (FIN) 80,812
15. KIM Hyung-sung (KOR) 76,024
16. Chawalit PLAPHOL (THA) 74,196
17. Jbe KRUGER (RSA)    63,969
18. S.S.P. CHOWRASIA (IND) 62,946
19. Jeev Milkha SINGH (IND) 61,620
20. Mithun PERERA (SRI) 61,477
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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner), Cityneon (Official Event Overlay Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.