Date: February 11, 2008
Author: Sportal

Chowrasia the Indian Master

Brendan Jones finished as the best-placed Australian at the Indian Masters as S.S.P Chowrasia stormed home to become only the third Indian golfer to win a European Tour event. Jones carded an impressive three-under par final round 69 to finish in a tie for twelfth position at one-under the card. But the story of the day was Chowrasia who remained bogey-free during his round and racked up five birdies to shoot a five-under par 67 and claim a two stroke victory over Irishman Damien McGrane. The 29-year-old, who began the day in a tie for fifth position, finished at nine-under par for the tournament and joined compatriots Arjun Atwal and Jeev Milkha Singh as the only Indians to have won a European title. Chowrasia said the nerves began to kick in during the final stages of the round as he closed in on his maiden Tour victory. “On the back nine, I tried to make my pars and I am glad I was able to do that. Over the last five holes, I did think about winning and I just wanted to stay calm and focus on my target,” he said. “This course suits my game and I always wanted to win a tournament here but I never imagined I could win a tournament of this size.” Spain&aposs Jose Manuel Lara finished in outright third position at five-under par while South African Ernie Els secured a top-10 finish with a one-under par final round 71. Australian Scott Hend was the second best Australian in the field at one-over par while Adam Groom and Unho Park were a further two shots behind at three-over the card.