May 15 2017: Happy birthday SSP Chawrasia. The 39th birthday of the congenial Indian legend is cause for celebration. The master of the short game, fondly called as “Chip-putt-sia” or Chow has enthralled us with his game over the years. Chawrasia learnt his golf at the iconic Royal Calcutta Golf Club in Kolkata, where his father was a greenskeeper.
On occasion, Chawrasia carried the bag for a few years, before turning professional in 1997. His first-year earnings were only $1220. He has won a total of sixteen titles of which four have come on the European Tour. The last of those victories came at home in the Indian Open when he successfully defended his title by a seven stroke margin over Gavin Green.
Chawrasia joined the Asian Tour in 2006, riding a wave of domestic success, with eight Indian Tour titles under his belt.
The spotlight turned on the golfer after he won the 2008 Indian Masters. Chawrasia trumped a field that contained Ernie Els, Thomas Bjorn, Maarten Lafeber, Arjun Atwal and Digvijay Singh. The man from Kolkata was the only golfer where he was the only player to have sub-par rounds on all four days and winning it with a score of 9 under par.
Chawrasia has represented Asia in EurAsia Cup in 2016 under the captaincy of Jeev Milkha Singh, playing alongside Anirban Lahiri, Danny Chia, Jenghun Wang and K.T. Kim. The Asians were runners-up to the European team consisting of Ian Poulter, Danny Willett, Andy Sullivan and Matthew Fitzpatrick.
Chawrasia represented India in 58th Golf World Cup held at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia from 24-27th November. Denmark won the tournament by four shots and India stood at T-22th position with Malaysia, South Korea and South Wales.
We here at Golfing Indian wish all the very best to SSP Chawrasia for his future and a very happy 39th birthday.
Inputs from Amit Pandey