SSP banks on Euro gain for Asian benefit
By Krishnendu Banerjee | Express News Service | Published: 04th August 2017 01:54 AM |
BENGALURU: After two wins and three top-10 finishes on the Asian Tour in 2016, SSP Chawrasia was upbeat about 2017. He started well, winning the Indian Open. Since then, he hasn’t seen the best of days. Before the TAKE Solutions Masters, he missed three cuts in Europe last week and two before that. But he believes even though he hasn’t fared well on the European circuit, the exposure is helping him perform better in Asia.
“My performances in Europe have never been fantastic. I struggle there. But then, I’m learning. And whatever I learn, I’m implying it here (Asia) and I’m able to win tournaments. So eventually I’ll start winning there as well.”
However, to succeed in Europe he needs to work more on his game. “The Tours are very different. Grass, course and weather are big factors. European courses are long and I’m one of the shortest hitters. I don’t have that distance. So reaching the green with the second shot becomes a problem. You have to use bigger clubs and I’m working on it.”
While he is yet to shine in Europe, the 39-year-old has set a two-year target for the US PGA Tour. “The experience I’m gaining in Europe will help. In two years, I should be on the PGA Tour. That’s my target.” With two-under 69, he was tied-12th after the first round of the TAKE Solutions Masters
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