SSP Chowrasia Bags
Initial 2011 Victory
NEW DELHI, INDIA | Local favorite SSP
Chowrasia went through an agonizing wait
before winning his second European Tour title
Sunday at the Avantha Masters. Victory wasn’t
secure until Englishman Robert Coles’ title
dreams died on the final hole.
SSP stands for Shiv Shankar Prasad. For
now, it also stands for Singular Significant
Performance. Chowrasia fired a pair of 67s on
the weekend at the DLF Golf and Country Club
to finish on 15-under 273 and earn €300,000.
The 32-year-old Chowrasia is the son of a
also answers to the
Chip-putt-sia” because of
his proficiency in the
short game. But it was
a semi-skulled chip by runner-up Coles on the 72nd hole that
allowed Chowrasia to avoid a
playoff he thought was inevitable
after he made a double-bogey on the 16th.
“It was just a really
awkward shot,” said
Coles of the botched
attempt. Coles then compounded
the error by three-putting.
“I was mentally prepared for
the playoff,” said Chowrasia,
who built his final round lead
with seven birdies on the
first 14 holes. His first
Euro Tour victory
came in the 2008 EMAAR-MGF Indian Masters
when he outlasted, among others, Ernie Els.
It was the first Euro Tour win for an Indian
since Jeev Milkha Singh won the Austrian Open
later in 2008.
“I think the main lesson to take from it is
that you have to adapt to those situations under
that pressure with the adrenaline flowing,”
U.S. Open Championship runner-up Gregory
Havret of France finished third on 13 under
after a closing 68.
Robert-Jan Derksen of the Nethlerlands
was one back of Havret alone in fourth on 12
under. Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal and India’s
Sujjan Singh tied for fifth on 11 under.
On Thursday, Derksen’s opening 66
gave him the first-round lead and,
apparently, bragging rights.
After posting his score,
Derksen talked about his post-
tournament plans. “I have a
bet with my caddie that we
will take the trophy to the Taj
Mahal on Monday for a photo
shoot – but I have to win the thing
first, which I suppose is the dif-
It got more difficult when Derk-
sen handed in a second-round 73.
The tournament’s final round
started late Sunday because darkness
halted the scheduled Saturday conclusion of the third round.