Lankan giantkiller snaps Arjun’s run
Anura Rohana’s craft may not have taken him places as yet but when it comes to taking on players ranked higher than him, the Sri Lankan cocks a snook at reputations, reports Robin Bose.other Updated: Apr 02, 2009 01:09 IST
Along with the build, the finely trimmed beard adds to the intimidating looks, and with the tough exterior comes an equally sound temperament. Anura Rohana’s craft may not have taken him places as yet but when it comes to taking on players ranked higher than him, the Sri Lankan cocks a snook at reputations.
If Tuesday’s victory over Sujjan Singh, seeded 17 spots above him, had evoked smirks, the 41st ranked Royal Colombo Golf Club member made players, particularly Gaurav Ghei (his next opponent), and spectators alike at the Delhi Golf Club take note by ending defending champion Arjun Singh’s run in the SRF Matchplay Championship.
The margin too was more convincing — 3&2 as compared to yesterday’s 2&1. It was a grudge match as Rohana had lost to the ninth seed in a matchplay earlier, and the 35-year-old ensured a perfect start with a birdie.
Excellent putting (21 putts in 16 holes) may have been a vital cog in the verdict but the mind was shrouded in doubt when Rohana descended at the course earlier than scheduled. “I practiced quite a bit as my putting during SAIL Open was bad. The effort paid off,” he said.
A blank look greeted those within earshot when asked if taking on the defending champion had meant extra pressure. “Is that so? I wasn’t aware of Arjun’s standing. It was just another match.”