27 August, 2017: As David Horsey and Julian Suri engaged in an intense battle for the Made in Denmark title, SSP Chawrasia signed off with a two under 69 in the final round. The golfer, recently decorated with the Arjuna Award, capped a solid week of golf with another steady effort that took him to a nine under total of 275. At the time of this report, SSP Chawrasia seemed set to finish just inside the top twenty.
Chawrasia made a rousing start this week, producing error free golf for a brilliant stretch lasting 36 holes. The 222nd ranked golfer was lying in T2 at the halfway stage of the tournament.
Unfortunately though Chawrasia suffered a dip in form in the third round. Despite making four birdies, the affable Indian had to stay content with an even par 71. The field at the top drew away on Friday, compromising Chawrasia’s chances on Sunday.
Even then, Chawrasia played with resolve on Sunday. He made four straight birdies from the second hole to break into double figures and force his way inside the top ten.
SSP consolidated his gains with a fifth birdie at the eleventh hole. As he seemed set for a spot in the top ten, bogeys at the 12th, 16th and 18th holes compromised the opportunity for the Indian.
Scores of 67-68-71-69 helped SSP cap off a memorable week in Denmark, but he will leave with a tinge of disappointment knowing that he was not too far away from realizing his dream for a victory in Europe.
The title race is a two horse race – Julian made back to back birdies at the 14th and 15th to gain a one stroke advantage over Horsey.
The American has already made seven birdies in a stellar final round effort, at -19 with just three holes left to play. Horsey was 18-under with the aid of six birdies and a lone bogey.