Monday, 13 March 2017
S.S.P Chawrasia  (Getty Images)
S.S.P Chawrasia (Getty Images)

Local favourite SSP Chawrasia won the Hero Indian Open for the second successive year with a sensational seven-shot victory over Malaysia’s Gavin Green to claim his fourth European Tour title. The 38-year-old gained 275,828 points and made a massive jump in the European Tour's Race to Dubai, moving from 194th to 18th position, as he targets a debut appearance in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, hosted by Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 16-19, which is open only to the top 60 ranked players.

Chawrasia, who became the first Indian to defend a European Tour title, entered the final round of the rain affected tournament two strokes clear of Spain’s Carlos Pigem.  While the Spaniard had a day to forget, carding four bogeys and a double bogey for a six over par 78, the man from Calcutta produced a steady one under par 71 to sign for a 10 under par total of 278, taking his season total to 289,309 points.

Green, meanwhile, hit five bogeys and two birdies for a round of three over par 75 which proved good enough to secure second place at three under par 285 for the tournament.

Pigem’s one under par total of 287 saw him drop into a share of fifth place with compatriot and Dubai favourite Rafa Cabrera Bello as well as last year’s runner up Anirban Lahiri.

Each gained 59,249 points, with Pigem moving from 73rd to 49th, while Cabrera Bello broke back into the Race to Dubai's top five and Lahiri moved from 58th to 43rd.

Italy’s Matteo Manassero and Scotland’s Scott Jamieson were tied in third on two under par 286.

Manassero and Jamieson claimed 93,177 points each, with the Italian moving from 98th to 47th while the Scotsman jumped from 77th to 39th.

South Africa's George Coetzee, England's David Horsey and Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey finished in a share of eighth to gain 37,182 points each. Coetzee moved from 53rd to 46th, Horsey progressed from 157th to 98th and Hoey advanced from 216th to 111th.

England’s Tommy Fleetwood remains at the head of the Race to Dubai rankings with 1,550,987 points with Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti in second place with 585,311 points and Spain’s Sergio Garcia in third place with 533,846 points.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1CHAWRASIA, S.S.PIND18-10
2GREEN, GavinMAS18-3
T3JAMIESON, ScottSCO18-2
T3MANASSERO, MatteoITA18-2
T5LAHIRI, AnirbanIND18-1
T5CABRERA BELLO, RafaESP18-1

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