Shiv Chawrasia

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Shiv Chawrasia
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Personal information
Full nameShiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia
NicknameSSP, Chipputtsia
Born (1978-05-15) 15 May 1978 (age 40)
Kolkata, India
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Nationality India
ResidenceKolkata, India
SpouseSimantini Prasad Chawrasia
Career
Turned professional1997
Current tour(s)European Tour
Asian Tour
Professional wins17
Number of wins by tour
European Tour4
Asian Tour6
Other11

Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia (born 15 May 1978), commonly known as S.S.P. Chawrasia, is an Indian professional golfer. Since 2008 he has won six Asian Tour events, four of which were co-sanctioned by the European Tour. He has had particular success in the Hero Indian Open where he was runner-up in 1999, 2006, 2013 and 2015 and winner in 2016 and 2017. Nearly all his success has been in India; his only win outside India being the 2016 Resorts World Manila Masters. At the end of the 2014 season he asked the Asian Tour to change the spelling of his last name, previously Chowrasia, to Chawrasia, the spelling that is on his passport.

Early life[edit]

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

Professional career[edit]

Before entering professional golf, he was a caddie for a few years.[2] After entering professional golf in 1997, his earnings at the end of 1998 were $1,220.[1] Chawrasia finished second to Arjun Atwal in the 1999 Indian Open held at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club.[3]

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.[3] 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.[4] He ended 2006 with a tenth place in Volvo Masters.[3]

After being one stroke behind the leader on the opening day of the 2007 Malaysian Open,[5] he lost ground and ended up finishing tied for 16th at the end of the tournament.[6] His Asian Tour ranking improved from 38 in 2006 to 32 in 2007.[3]

In February 2008, he won the inaugural Indian Masters, which was a part of the 2008 European Tour.[7] The event, which he won with a score of nine under par,[8] earned him £239,705, which doubled his earnings over the past decade.[9] He was the only player to achieve sub-par rounds on all four days in this, the biggest golf event in India.[10] Chawrasia, ranked 388 in the world before the tournament,[8] obtained a two-year exemption on the European Tour.[11] After Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal, he became the third Indian golfer to win on the European Tour.[11] Shortly after his victory, not only was he ranked 161 in the official world golf rankings, but also he topped the Asian Tour Order of Merit.[12]

In February 2011, Chawrasia won his second Asian Tour event, the Avantha Masters in New Delhi. Since then he has won the Panasonic Open India in 2014, the Hero Indian Open and the Resorts World Manila Masters in 2016 and the Hero Indian Open for the second time in 2017.

Chawrasia qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics as the second highest ranked Indian player, representing India along with Anirban Lahiri.

Awards[edit]

In August 2017, he was awarded the Arjuna Award by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.

Professional wins (17)[edit]

European Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 10 Feb 2008 Emaar-MGF Indian Masters1 −9 (70-71-71-67=279) 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Damien McGrane
2 20 Feb 2011 Avantha Masters1 −15 (70-69-67-67=273) 1 stroke England Robert Coles
3 20 Mar 2016 Hero Indian Open1 −15 (67-67-68-71=273) 2 strokes India Anirban Lahiri, South Korea Wang Jeung-hun
4 12 Mar 2017 Hero Indian Open1 (2) −10 (72-67-68-71=278) 7 strokes Malaysia Gavin Green

1 Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour.

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2015 Hero Indian Open India Anirban Lahiri Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Asian Tour wins (6)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 10 Feb 2008 Emaar-MGF Indian Masters1 −9 (70-71-71-67=279) 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Damien McGrane
2 20 Feb 2011 Avantha Masters1 −15 (70-69-67-67=273) 1 stroke England Robert Coles
3 9 Nov 2014 Panasonic Open India −12 (70-71-69-66=276) Playoff India Rahil Gangjee, Sri Lanka Mithun Perera
4 20 Mar 2016 Hero Indian Open1 −15 (67-67-68-71=273) 2 strokes India Anirban Lahiri, South Korea Jeunghun Wang
5 20 Nov 2016 Resorts World Manila Masters −19 (68-64-71-66=269) Playoff United States Sam Chien, Malaysia Nicholas Fung
6 12 Mar 2017 Hero Indian Open1 (2) −10 (72-67-68-71=278) 7 strokes Malaysia Gavin Green

1 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour.

Indian Golf Tour wins (11)[edit]

  • 2001 Singhania Open[13]
  • 2003 HT Pro Golf, Tata Open, Hero Honda Open, NGC Open
  • 2005 Singhania Open, Tata Open
  • 2006 Singhania Open, Tata Open, Hindu Open
  • 2012 McLeod Russel Tour Championship

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "S. S. P. Chawrasia". Asian Tour. Archived from the original on 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  2. ^ "Chawrasia does a Houdini". The Telegraph (Kolkata). Calcutta, India. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
  3. ^ a b c d "Beyond My Wildest Dreams, Says Victor Chowrasia (Profile Feature)". News Post Indiaftimes o. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
  4. ^ Rao, Rakesh (2006-10-24). "Short `birdie' gives Randhawa the title". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
  5. ^ "Chowrasia one stroke behind leader Rock". Rediff.com. 2007-02-08. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
  6. ^ "Maybank Malaysian Open: Results". The Sports. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ a b "Chowrasia secures maiden tour win". BBC. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
  9. ^ "Maiden win for Chowrasia". Sky Sports. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
  10. ^ "Former caddie wins Indian Masters golf title". SABC News. 2008-02-10. Archived from the original on 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
  11. ^ a b Karim, Fariha (2008-02-10). "S S P Chowrasia claims biggest victory of career". Times Online. London. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
  12. ^ "Chowrasia now world no. 161, tops Asian Tour Order of Merit". The Times of India. 2008-02-11. Archived from the original on February 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-11.
  13. ^ "Master's fact file". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. February 11, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-01.

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