Title holder Chawrasia excited ahead of #HIO2017 defence

Wed 01 Mar 2017

Title holder Chawrasia excited ahead of #HIO2017 defence

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New Delhi, March 1: India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia is looking forward to the defence of his Hero Indian Open title next week, saying he will ride on “positive energy” in a bid to hold on to the prestigious title.
The five-time Asian Tour winner is unperturbed with the fact he will tee up at a different venue for this year’s campaign, with the Gary Player-designed DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon hosting the US$1.75 million tournament from March 9 to 12.
S.S.P Chawrasia of India S.S.P Chawrasia of India
“This time, it’s going to be a different course (than the Delhi Golf Club) and it may have a different feel. However, I’m still very excited and I’m looking forward to defending my title,” said Chawrasia.
“I’ve played at DLF previously but it’s now a totally different layout. It’s going to be new for everyone and I’m sure the set-up will be good. I’ve heard it’s a very tricky course.”
After a solid 2016 campaign where he won twice on the Asian Tour to finish sixth on the Order of Merit, Chawrasia has yet to get his game out of first gear in the new season, with a tied 35th finish in Perth being his best result. However, he is optimistic his fortunes will change when he steps into the DLF course as the Hero Indian Open champion.
“I’ve finished in second place on four occasions and to finally win it last year, it felt great. I was really happy as finally, I was the Indian Open champion and I had the trophy in my hands.
“It’s special because it’s our national event. It’s a very old tournament and every Indian golfer wants to win it at least once in their lifetime. When I arrive for the tournament every year, I’m always feeling very positive about myself. I guess it’s because I’ve finished well on so many occasions. There’s always a lot of positive energy when I’m at the tournament. I always feel good and I’m sure it’ll be the same when I get back there.”
Chawrasia’s joy in winning his home Open was meaningful, more so when he had to comfort his wife, Simantini, who was in tears after he finished second again in 2015.
“My wife was crying when I lost in the previous year to Anirban. She was expecting me to win the tournament and I said we can’t win every tournament. So, she was very happy when I won last year … she was jumping all over the place and it felt as though like she had won the tournament! I enjoyed watching her reaction. We had a great time.”
I’ve finished in second place on four occasions and to finally win it last year, it felt great. I was really happy as finally, I was the Indian Open champion and I had the trophy in my hands. - S.S.P. Chawrasia

Next week’s Hero Indian Open will be headlined by Ryder Cup star Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain, 2015 Asian Tour number one Anirban Lahiri, Australian Brett Rumford and Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
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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), 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.
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The European Tour celebrates men’s professional golf on a global stage. In 2017, the European Tour International Schedule features a minimum of 48 tournaments in 26 countries, all part of the Race to Dubai, the year-long competition which crowns the European Tour Number One at the end of the season, a title claimed in 2016 by Henrik Stenson for the second time.
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