#TeamIND plan to upset the odds #WorldCupofGolf

Tue 22 Nov 2016

#TeamIND plan to upset the odds #WorldCupofGolf

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Melbourne, Australia, November 22: India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia hopes to sweeten his season with a memorable debut alongside newcomer Chikkarangappa S. at the US$8 million ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf which starts on Thursday.

S.S.P.Chawrasia of India S.S.P.Chawrasia of India

Chawarasia flew into Melbourne for the prestigious 28-nation team competition at Kingston Heath Golf Club in confident mood after winning his fifth Asian Tour title and a second one this season at the Resorts World Manila Masters a fortnight ago.

With 24-year-old Chikkarangappa also in good form, thanks to three recent top-10s on the Asian Tour, the Indian team is quietly confident of challenging for the World Cup of Golf trophy.

“Winning obviously makes your confidence go higher. I feel really good and I’m looking forward to the week. Chikka will also win very soon, he’s a great player and I’m sure the win will come next year,” said Chawrasia, who won the Hero Indian Open earlier in March.

Chikkarangappa is the new kid on the block but he is keen to quickly establish himself on the international front with a solid showing in his World Cup of Golf debut.

They got their week off onto a strong note by jointly winning a charity shoot-out with New Zealand’s Ryan Fox and Danny Lee at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Tuesday afternoon.

“Playing in a top field, we’re happy to be competing with them and it’s a great opportunity for us to go out there and do our best. We’re in good form, so we’re looking forward to the week,” said Chikkarangappa.

“After S.S.P. picked me as his partner, a lot of people have said that I’ve been given a great opportunity to play in the World Cup at such a young age. We want to go out there and try to make our country proud.” - Chikkarangappa S.

Chawrasia said winning in the Philippines, which was his first title outside of India, was like getting a monkey off his back and he hopes to ride on his rich vein of form.

“This is a really good course, I’m really enjoying myself here. My partner is playing good golf this year, so I think I’ve picked the right partner. We want to do our best and at the same time, we want to enjoy ourselves too and there’s a top field with the likes of Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler playing as well,” said Chawrasia.

“Back home last week, everyone was giving us encouragement especially after I won in Manila. Everyone is pushing us to succeed, which is a good thing as we’re getting a lot of support from our fans.”

Chikkarangappa S. of India Chikkarangappa S. of India

While Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and Ryo Ishikawa, Australia’s Scott and Marc Leishman and the American pairing of Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker will start as favourites, Chawrasia does not want to start thinking of matters that he cannot control.

“We won’t focus on the other teams. We’ll go out there to enjoy ourselves. We’ll have a clear mind, play our own games and if we play well, we can beat the other teams. I don’t think I’ll be telling Chikka what to do as he’s a rising star,” said Chawrasia.

Like Chawrasia, Chikkarrangappa also enjoyed his time at the MCG which was in support of HANDA Foundation, The Starlight Foundation and Monash Children’s Hospital.

“It’s been a great atmosphere this week, looking at the facilities and golf course at Kingston Heath which has been brilliant. And to do this charity shootout at the MCG is also a wonderful experience,” he said.

“Being a team event, it’s going to be a bit different especially in the alternate shot. It’s going to be a team effort. We’ll work together to hit the right shots for the right results. We’ll be going to advice each other as much as possible.”

The 2016 World Cup will be the 58th staging of this event. For ticket information and to follow all of the news, player features and more as the event approaches, the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf web-site is http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/isps-handa-world-cup-of-golf.html.

About ISPS HANDA

ISPS, the International Sports Promotion Society, is a charitable organization that promotes sports, such as golf, polo and rowing, in a belief that sports and sporting platforms can help achieve world peace. It also supports blind golf as its founder and chairman Haruhisa Handa, dubbed the father of blind golf in Japan, is the first person in Japan to establish a blind golf club, which is now called the Japan Blind Golf Association.

Dr Handa also serves as founder and chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, or IFAC, a nonprofit organization established to promote social welfare activities through music and art events. IFAC is title sponsor to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, one of the most celebrated events in the arts calendar in Australia and internationally, which takes place between the end of March and the end of April every year.

About Melbourne, Victoria

Voted the world’s most livable city for the past six years, Melbourne is a leader in staging international sporting and cultural events, with its super-friendly people ready to welcome World Cup of Golf visitors. The city is famed for its laneways and cafe culture, known as Australia's coffee capital, and is home to vibrant arts, music and fashion scenes. Melbourne's food credentials are attracting global attention and the city is the gateway to Victoria, including 21 wine regions, the stunning Great Ocean Road scenic drive and abundant native Australian wildlife. Victoria's landscapes offer everything from international surf beaches, islands and coastal experiences to Alpine mountain ranges and inland lakes. Victoria is also a popular destination for domestic and international golfing tourism, famed for its sandbelts and home to picturesque, challenging courses that suit every ability.

Media assistance is available for World Cup media wishing to develop destination related content, research locations for outside broadcasts, interview local personalities and access rights free footage. Please contact destinationpr@tourism.vic.gov.au with any requests. Destination information is also available at www.visitmelbourne.com

About the International Federation of PGA Tours

The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa PGA Tour) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis. As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999. The Asian Tour joined the International Federation of PGA Tours in November 1999.

In step with global growth of professional golf, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced an expansion and restructuring of its membership in 2009, adding the International Golf Association and additional professional golf tours, including – for the first time – women’s golf tours: China Golf Association; Korea Professional Golfers’ Association; Professional Golf Tour of India; LPGA Tour; Ladies European Tour; Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour; Japan LPGA; Korean LPGA; and Ladies Asian Golf Tour.

About the International Golf Association

The International Golf Association (IGA) is a not-for-profit corporation, chartered in the State of New York in 1956. IGA is governed by its six-member Board of Directors. Jonathan Linen is the IGA Board Chairman. Through its association with the International Federation of PGA Tours, IGA continues its international goodwill through golf mission and looks forward to the 2016 return of the World Cup of Golf to Melbourne and a new Sandbelt region course in historic Kingston Heath Golf Club.