For all of us, SSP Chawrasia is like a Christmas flick. In an inherently unique office such as golf, it is enigmatic to see so many opposite people from opposite backgrounds partaking in a jubilee of one man’s success. Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia, a self-effacing golfer from Kolkata, wins a Hero Indian Open by 7 strokes, and there isn’t one essence during a DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon on Sunday dusk that has remained unblushing when he rises a trophy. In annoy of a believe that this isn’t a initial time that SSP has won a big-ticket eventuality during home. In fact, he is a fortifying champion during a Indian Open, to go with dual other European Tour wins on home soil.
But here’s a thing: An SSP feat is like that favourite feel-good film of yours that we have seen hundreds of times, yet it will still make we put a TV remote aside and gaunt behind one some-more time if we possibility on it. You know a flashback: Son of a greenkeeper during a Royal Calcutta Golf Course; sneaking behind a underbrush and trees to see a golfers play; chased divided by a despotic staff. You are good wakeful of what comes in a center part: steady heartbreaks during a Indian Open and uncanny disqualifications from winning positions on a Asian Tour (for forgetful to pointer a card). You know a fortifying consummate like a behind of your hand: The underdog’s breakthrough delight in a midst of golfing superstars during a 2008 Indian Masters, a biggest contest that India has ever hosted. Unlike a movie, however, where a executive imposes his prophesy on you, your takeaways from ‘the SSP movie’ are wholly personal. They change depending on who we are — a fan, journalist, associate golfer or a caddie/greenkeeper.
For a infrequent fan, he is a blockbuster.
SSP’s diversion has an apparent weakness. He is rather regressive off a tee. Maybe it has something to do with his physiognomy. He’s five-foot-six and modestly built. His pitch is a duty during best, yet effective. If it’s a par-four, he would cite to make a immature in dual even if a associate golfers are reaching there in one. But this debility turns a immature into a constrained theater. SSP, in sequence to survive, possibly has to furnish a overwhelming proceed — as he did on a ninth — or furnish a marvellous putt — that he conjured adult on a eighth. In a initial case, he strike his second shot from 130 yards to hardly 5 feet off a hole on a unsafe green. An in. here or there, and a turn would’ve rolled off down a slope. On a prior hole, his proceed had left him with a 15 feet up-and-down putt. He emptied it as quietly as if it were a tap-in. The twin birdies put him behind during 10-under. He would finish on this measure on a march that was a calamity for most. And he did it by not assertive off a tee, yet being assertive with a putter. The latter being a user partial in golf, a vast galleries that followed him over 4 days entirely desired him.
For a journalist, he is an underachiever.
You wouldn’t contend that about someone who has won 4 events on a European Tour. No Indian has won as many, solely Jeev Milkha Singh. But “when will we start doing good abroad” is a doubt that frequently crops adult during his press conference. It did on Sunday. The thing is that for such a gifted golfer, to have won usually one pretension abroad — a Asian Tour Manila World Masters final year — is a bit underwhelming. There were lots of expectations from SSP after he got a three-year European Tour label following his Indian Masters win. He was hardly a same actor in Europe. His second European win came during a Avantha Masters 3 years later, in India. The third, a serve 5 years on during a Indian Open final year.
Unwittingly, during a march of a Sunday presser, though, SSP tricked a probable reason for his bad opening in Europe. It was a cold Mar dusk and SSP was vibrating as a few spectators, celebrating his win and Holi, poured H2O on him after a final putt. As he was carrying no change of clothes, he wrapped himself in towels for comfort and regard as he answered a press’s query. Years ago, when he mislaid his European Tour card, in a infrequent review he had told a publisher that cold climes of Europe didn’t fit him. “Kambal odh ke to expostulate nahi maar sakte na (you can’t strike drives wrapped in a blanket),” he put it simply.
But he is dismissed adult now to do good abroad. “I schooled many things this week and hopefully we can play improved in Europe. That’s my aim next, we have to win in Europe,” SSP said.
For associate golfers, he is a bulldog.
Anirban Lahiri has had many a noted duels with SSP Chawrasia in a new past during a Indian Open. They both finished tied second in 2013, and while Lahiri pipped Chawrasia to a post in 2015, a latter returned a foster a following year. “He is unequivocally gritty, he’s like a bulldog. He gets in there and he doesn’t let go. And that’s a unequivocally good peculiarity to have generally on this golf course,” Lahiri pronounced of him before a tournament. He couldn’t have called it some-more accurately. SSP was a usually actor in a margin who didn’t play an over-par round. He began with an even-par initial round, before solemnly operative his proceed adult a ladder. He had a share of a lead on Saturday when a third turn was suspended. He combined 3 some-more birdies to his measure to open adult a two-shot lead going into a final round. There was no proceed now he was going to give anyone a whiff. At a 18th, when SSP arrived he saw Anirban was there in a grandstand.
“Before a putt, Anirban was signalling to me, display thumbs adult and observant good yet we won’t win again final year.” SSP and laughed. “It was good fun.”
For caddies/greenkeepers, he is hope.
The caddies and a greenkeepers, a scorecard carriers and a confidence staff, a janitors and even a labourers — they all had a grin on their face and a open in their stairs on Sunday. “Hamara favourite actor to ye hi hai,” pronounced Ram Dev, who stood in a organisation of DLF Golf and Country Club caddies, watchful alongside abundant congregation for their male as he walked down a 18th fairway. “Bhagaane-wali mari hai,” Ram Dev clapped extravagantly describing in caddie-talk a proceed that had no back-spin and therefore rolled on. It stopped 6 feet off a hole. “Baki sab to players hain, ye apne jaisa hai. Caddie hai,” pronounced a greenkeeper Rahul, fasten in a conversation. By “players”, Rahul meant gentlemen pros. SSP “caddie hai” meant SSP came from opposite a divide. “Jeeta to wo apne liye hai, standard isse ham jaise logon ko bhi ummeed milti hai,” Ram Dev resolved as SSP holed in a putt and took off his top in acknowledgement.