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A great show by SSP Chawrasia on a tough course at Indian Open: Anirban Lahiri

The way SSP Chawrasia played at the Indian Open this year, no one had a chance. We were just privileged to stand by and watch as he simply ran away from the third round and was then in his own zone, writes Anirban Lahiri

other sports Updated: Mar 12, 2017 20:39 IST
Anirban Lahiri
SSP Chawrasia

Anirban Lahiri (with 287 points) finished tied fifth at the Indian Open at DLF Golf Course in Gurgaon, alongside Spanish duo of Rafa Cabrera Bello and Carlos finished 287. SSP Chawrasia won the European Tour event, scoring 278.(Getty Images)

Congratulations SSP Chawrasia. It was a sensational performance on what was such a tough golf course and you thoroughly deserved a second Indian Open Trophy. I wish I could have given you a tougher fight, but believe me I will be back next year and we will renew our battle.

I came back this morning to finish my final two holes and birdied them both to get to even par. I thought an early charge could give me an outside chance. But the way SSP played, no one had a chance. We were just privileged to stand by and watch as he simply ran away from the third round and was then in his own zone.

He kept hitting straight, finding fairways and holing some awesome putts.

SSP Chawrasia with the Indian Open trophy on Sunday. (HT Photo)

A lot of good putts just went by and I ended fifth. After where I was at the end of the second round, I am happy I fought back, but frankly, it was disappointing that I leaked so many shots.

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I had something like 23 birdies and I ended the week just one-under. That should give you an idea. It has been something that I am aware of but I need to stop it. I finished Top-5, but I think I missed a chance to get into the Matchplay later this month. I had my chances, but it did not happen.

The final day was all about SSP. He kept his head. He did drop shots on sixth and seventh and then 18th, but by then it was all a mere formality.

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The crowd stood as one as he approached the 18th fairway and Indian golf is proud to have such a humble champion.

He is truly a gem and now joins Kenji Hosoishi of Japan and our own Jyoti Randhawa as the only ones to win it back to back.

Let us all rejoice in his great win, which augurs well for India and it also means a three-in-a-row for India at the Indian Open.

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