Monday Rewind: 5 things we learned #HIO2017

Mon 13 Mar 2017

Monday Rewind: 5 things we learned #HIO2017

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SSP Chawrasia. S.S.P. Chawrasia of India
Sentosa, Singapore, March 13: A relentless S.S.P. Chawrasia romped to a commanding seven-shot victory to successfully defend his title at the Hero Indian Open but what are the five things we can take away from the action-packed week? Read to find out.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]1[/dropcap]Following his victory, Chawrasia moved up over 100 spots to 160th position on the latest Official World Golf Ranking. He became the first Indian to win the same event in back-to-back seasons on the European Tour. The other Asian who had achieved the feat was Thai veteran Thongchai Jaidee, when he won the Malaysian Open in 2004 and 2005. Chawrasia now holds a total of six Asian Tour titles and four on the European Tour.
Gavin Green of Malaysia Gavin Green of Malaysia
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]2[/dropcap]Green tied the best finish by a Malaysian in a co-sanctioned event with his second-place result. Iain Steel had set the record previously at the 2007 Singapore Masters. Green’s father, Gary, gave up his job in a hotel to be on the bag for him. Green will head home to defend his title at the Asian Development Tour’s PGM Northport Glenmarie Championship this week.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]3[/dropcap]Prayad Marksaeng, who won his 10th Asian Tour title in Singapore two months ago, sank the first albatross of the season after holing his four-iron approach shot on the par five 18th hole on Sunday. It was the 21st albatross in the history of the Asian Tour. The highest score on that hole for the week was 12.
Anirban Lahiri  of India Anirban Lahiri of India
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]4[/dropcap]Only seven players managed to break par on the DLF Golf and Country Club’s Gary Player course, which is amongst the toughest on Tour. The stoke average per round was 75.42 last week. The South African legend said in a tweet on Saturday: “Attitude will decide the winner tomorrow. My best to all.”
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]5[/dropcap]Lahiri missed out on the second-place spot for the WGC-Dell Technologies match play later this month. Lamented his putting which he will work on this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which is the final tournament for him to try to break into world’s top-50 for The Masters tournament next month. He will not be playing the PGA Tour’s Shell Houston Open which is the last counting event for Masters.
BONUS:
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]6[/dropcap]If you ever wonder how it is like to compete against your best friend, look at Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P. Chawrasia. Lahiri was amongst those gathered by the 18th green, waiting to celebrate Chawrasia’s victory on Sunday. Find out how their friendship-slash-rivalry has spurred their careers to greater heights here.