Remarkable Chawrasia retains Indian Open crown
12 Mar 2017 - 20:39
New Delhi: Local favourite SSP Chawrasia made history after retaining his title at the Hero Indian Open with a remarkable seven-stroke win in New Delhi.
Chawrasia, 38, became the first Indian to successfully defend a European Tour title and the first player to win their first four events in their home country.
The five-time Asian Tour winner started the day with a joint lead at the DLF Golf and Country Club and ended at four-under when the third round of the weather-hit tournament was completed Sunday morning.
He did not look back in round four, carding a one-under 71 to finish with a 10-under 278 for the tournament and push Gavin Green of Malaysia into second place with 285.
Chawrasia had finished runner-up four times at the tournament before finally triumphing last season.
"I'm winning back-to-back so I'm really very happy," said Chawrasia.
"This is a very tough course so I was just trying to play straight and in the right places. I played very consistently this week."
Chawrasia had to return to complete seven holes of his third round on Sunday morning after a storm hit play on the first two days.
Green never truly threatened Chawrasia's dominance, making two birdies and five bogeys to finish the fourth round with 75 and seal his first European Tour top-10 finish.
Scotsman Scott Jamiesonsigned for a 72 to finish eight shots behind the leader alongside Italy's Matteo Manassero (73).
Spaniard Carlos Pigem carded a disappointing 78 to finish alongside countryman Rafa Cabrera Bello and 2015 champion Anirban Lahiri of India.
The event, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour for the third straight year, carries an enhanced prize purse of $1.75m.