Chawrasia bags his first Asian Tour title abroad

S.S.P. Chawrasia.— File photo

S.S.P. Chawrasia.— File photo  

S.S.P. Chawrasia won his first Asian Tour title outside of India on Sunday in a thrilling finale to the Manila Masters golf tournament, hitting a birdie to win a three-way playoff.

The 38-year-old hit a six-under in the final round to finish at 19- under alongside Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung and Sam Chien of the United States.

But it was Chawrasia, who had won four titles on the Asian Tour in his home country but none abroad, who managed his nerves the best in the extra holes.

Fung went out in the first extra hole with a bogey.

Then Chien hit his drive into the rough on the second playoff, while Chawrasia played flawless golf with his birdie.

“I am very happy. This is my first win outside of India. I am very excited,” said Chawrasia, one of Asia’s great golfing tales after learning his craft as the son of greenskeeper at Royal Calcutta Golf Club.

“Everyone has been telling me I have won a lot of times in India and it’s about time to win outside of India. I am glad I did it this week.”

Chawrasia won $180,000 to lift himself to seventh on the Asian Tour standings.

Leading scores: 269: S.S.P Chawrasia, Nicholas Fung (Mas), Sam Chien; 270: Shubhankar Sharma, Chiragh Kumar, Jyoti Randhawa; 271: Michael Tran (Vie), Hung Chien-yao (Tpe), Sutijet Kooratanapisan; 272: Danthai Boonma (Tha), Jbe Kruger, Terry Pilkadaris. — AFP

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