S.S.P. Chawrasia posts 7-shot win to successfully defend Hero Indian Open

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S.S.P. Chawrasia posts 7-shot win to successfully defend Hero Indian Open

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S.S.P. Chawrasia posts 7-shot win to successfully defend Hero Indian Open

S.S.P. Chawrasia’s march to a second consecutive victory in the $1.75 million Hero Indian Open in New Delhi turned out to be a stroll rather than a sprint. His seven-shot victory proved he’s always the man to beat whenever a European Tour event is held in the Indian capital.

Chawrasia took the $294,000 first-place check thanks to a 10-under 278 total after scores of 72, 67, 68 and 71. It is the 38-year-old’s fourth European Tour win. All four have come in the Indian capital, making him the first European Tour player to win his first four titles on home soil.

The Calcutta native entered the final round with a two-shot lead over Spain’s Carlos Pigem, and by three over former University of New Mexico player Gavin Green. Pigem blew up over the tricky DLF Golf & Country Club with a 78 to finish joint fifth. Green posted a closing 75 and finished alone in second place to earn $196,000. Italy’s Matteo Manassero and Augusta University alum Scott Jamieson shared third place at 2 under. They earned just under $100,000 apiece.

The diminutive Chawrasia was never troubled in the final round. He had the luxury of back-to-back bogeys at the sixth and seventh holes without suffering any stress. He hit 3-wood off the tee at the par-5 18th to make sure he found the fairway, and then laid up twice on the par 5 en route to a bogey because he had eight strokes to play with.

“I’m winning back-to-back so I’m really very happy,” Chawrasia said.

“I was very happy to have everyone supporting me and having my wife here too to see me winning the Indian Open two times back-to-back. I’m just very, very happy.

“This is a very tough course, so I’m just trying to play straight and to the right place. I played very consistently this week.

“After driving (on the 18th) I was thinking, ‘Now I’ve won the tournament.’ I know on the 18th hole, driving is very, very tough.”

Chawrasia moves to 18th on the European Tour money list, and earns an exemption until the end of the 2019 season.

The tricky Gary Player-designed DLF course yielded a lot of big numbers. There were six sevens on the par-5 18th along with three eights and a nine. Former Oregon State player Paul Peterson racked up the biggest number on the final day. The left-hander started the final 36 holes in a tie for sixth place. He compounded a third-round 81 with a closing 78 that included a 10 at the par-4 14th.

The only big number Chawrasia encountered all week came on the winner’s check.

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