Shiv Chowrasia

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Shiv Chowrasia
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia
Nickname SSP, Chipputtsia
Born (1978-05-15) 15 May 1978 (age 36)
Kolkata, India
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Nationality  India
Residence Kolkata, India
Career
Turned professional 1997
Current tour(s) European Tour
Asian Tour
Professional wins 12
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 2
Asian Tour 2
Other 10

Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia (born 15 May 1978), also known as "Chipputtsia",[1] and "Chow" is an Indian professional golfer. After he turned professional in 1997, he went on to win eight titles on the Indian Tour and finished second twice in the Indian Open.[2]

In February 2008, he won the inaugural Indian Masters, which was a part of the 2008 European Tour.[3]

In February 2011, Chowrasia won his second European Tour event winning the 2011 Avantha Masters in New Delhi.

Early life[edit]

Chowrasia's father worked as the greenskeeper at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club in Kolkata, India. It was at this golf course that Chowrasia picked up golf at the age of 10. The self-taught golfer is nicknamed "Chip-putt-sia" because of his short game.[1]

Professional breakthrough[edit]

Before entering professional golf, he was a caddie for a few years.[4] After entering professional golf in 1997, his earnings at the end of 1998 were $1,220.[1] Chowrasia finished second to Arjun Atwal in the 1999 Indian Open held at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club.[5]

He joined the Asian Tour in 2006 after making steady progress in India with cumulative earnings being $36,983 along with eight Indian Tour titles.[1]

His first season in the Asian Tour had a good opening event in the Pakistan Open, top-20 finishes in Philippine Open and in China. This was followed up with a top-10 finish at Bangkok Airways Open. At the Mercuries Masters in Taiwan, he led the field by five shots at the halfway mark, but was disqualified for forgetting to sign his scorecard.[5]

At the 2006 Hero Honda Indian Open, he narrowly missed out on winning the title. The title that won by Jyoti Randhawa, was decided by a play-off.[6] He ended 2006 with a tenth place in Volvo Masters.[5]

After being one stroke behind the leader on the opening day of the 2007 Malaysian Open,[7] he lost ground and ended up finishing tied for 16th at the end of the tournament.[8]

His Asian Tour ranking improved from 38 in 2006 to 32 in 2007.[5]

Indian Masters[edit]

The 2008 Indian Masters had golfers such as Ernie Els, Thomas Bjørn, Maarten Lafeber and Ross McGowan along with Indian golfers Arjun Atwal, Gaurav Ghei and Digvijay Singh vying for the title.[9] The event, which he won with a score of nine under par,[10] fetched him £239,705, which doubled his earnings over the past decade.[11] He was the only player to achieve sub-par rounds on all four days in this biggest golf event in India.[2]

After winning the title, Chowrasia said:

I never thought that I could win this tournament, but I don't know what I'm going to do in the future. I am sure I will play more both in Asia and Europe, but my ultimate target is to get onto the US Tour.[12]

It is the biggest win of my life. I can't describe my emotions. Only when I get back to Kolkata will it sink in.[10]

Chowrasia, ranked 388 in the world before the tournament,[10] obtained a two-year exemption on the European Tour.[12] After Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal, he became the third Indian golfer to win on the European Tour.[12] Shortly after his victory, not only he was ranked 161 in the official world golf rankings, but also he topped the Asian Tour Order of Merit.[13]

Professional wins (12)[edit]

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of
Victory
Runner-up
1 10 Feb 2008 Emaar-MGF Indian Masters -9 (70-71-71-67=279) 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Damien McGrane
2 20 Feb 2011 Avantha Masters -15 (70-69-67-67=273) 1 stroke England Robert Coles

Asian Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of
Victory
Runner-up
1 10 Feb 2008 Emaar-MGF Indian Masters -9 (70-71-71-67=279) 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Damien McGrane
2 20 Feb 2011 Avantha Masters -15 (70-69-67-67=273) 1 stroke England Robert Coles

Indian Golf Tour wins (10)[edit]

  • 2001 Singhania Open[14]
  • 2003 HT Pro Golf, Tata Open, Hero Honda Open, NGC Open
  • 2005 Singhania Open, Tata Open
  • 2006 Singhania Open, Tata Open, Hindu Open

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "S. S. P. Chowrasia". Asian Tour. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Former caddie wins Indian Masters golf title". SABC News. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2008-02-10. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Chowrasia wins inaugural Indian Masters golf title". Indo-Asian News Service. 2008-02-10. Archived from the original on 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Chowrasia does a Houdini". The Telegraph (Kolkata) (Calcutta, India). 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Beyond My Wildest Dreams, Says Victor Chowrasia (Profile Feature)". News Post India. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  6. ^ Rao, Rakesh (2006-10-24). "Short `birdie' gives Randhawa the title". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  7. ^ "Chowrasia one stroke behind leader Rock". Rediff.com. 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2008-02-10. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Maybank Malaysian Open: Results". The Sports. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  9. ^ Mehaffey, John (2008-02-10). "India's Chowrasia pulls off upset Indian Masters win". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  10. ^ a b c "Chowrasia secures maiden tour win". BBC. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  11. ^ "Maiden win for Chowrasia". Sky Sports. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  12. ^ a b c Karim, Fariha (2008-02-10). "S S P Chowrasia claims biggest victory of career". Times Online (London). Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  13. ^ "Chowrasia now world no. 161, tops Asian Tour Order of Merit". The Times of India. 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2008-02-11. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Master’s fact file". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). February 11, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 

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