Fit-again Chowrasia eyes Abu Dhabi championship

Updated: 27 December 2008 14:30 IST

A fit-again SSP Chowrasia hopes to regain lost glory next season starting with the Abu Dhabi golf championship from January 15.

Fit-again Chowrasia eyes Abu Dhabi championship

Greater Noida:

Shrugging off the disappointment of a forgettable season, a fit-again SSP Chowrasia hopes to regain lost glory next season starting with the Abu Dhabi golf championship from January 15.

A nagging wrist injury kept Chowrasia off course for 12 weeks and the comeback was not so smooth either as he failed to make an impact in any of the tournaments he played.

His famed short-game, that has earned him the nickname 'Chip-puttsia', suffered because of the wrist ailment and it ended up being a season of discontent for him. "I played only 12 tournaments in the Asian tour this year and with my injury forcing me to keep out for many weeks, it was a tough year.

"I hope I can do well next season starting with Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, Commercialbank Qatar Masters and Dubai Desert Classic in January," Chowrasia said.

After his injury lay-off, Chowrasia played in Hero Honda Indian Open, Barclays Singapore Open, UBS Hong Kong Open, Hana Bank Vietnam Masters, Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open and Volvo Masters of Asia but could not found his touch as he struggled with his drives.

"My short game was not coming well but I am working on that. My injury has completely healed now and I am not playing bad, it's just a matter of time," said Chowrasia, who was tied seventh in the Bilt open with a total of four-under 140.

The Caddie-turned-pro, son of a greenkeeper in Kolkata, earned a European tour card after bagging the Indian Masters crown in February. But admittedly uncomfortable in the cold environs of Europe, he says he will try his best get acclimatised the coming season.

"The weather conditions are very tough in Europe, it's very chill and it rains quite often, so the ball doesn't roll because of the mud.

"The course is also very tight, there are more roughs on the right and left so the Asian golfers are not very comfortable playing here. The holes are also long, so if one doesn't drive within 30-40 yards, it becomes difficult to par.

"However, it was a good experience. I have learnt about the course and I have the European card till 2010 so I can play without any tension and hope to do well," he said.

Topics : Golf S.S.P. Chowrasia
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