New Delhi, India: Relying upon the New Pro V1x golf ball, Shiv Shankar Prasad (SSP) Chawrasia made European Tour history with a convincing seven-shot victory over his nearest competitor, successfully defending his title at the Hero Indian Open.
The victory continued Chawrasia’s remarkable record at his national Open where he was runner-up four times before finally triumphing last season.
This second win in New Delhi made him the first Indian to successfully defend a European Tour title. He also becomes the first player to win his first four European Tour victories in his home country. In addition to his two Indian Open victories, Chawrasia captured the 2008 Emaar-MGF Indian Masters and the 2011 Avantha Masters.
He also became the first player to successfully defend a European Tour title since Branden Grace won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in 2016.
Chawrasia had to return to complete seven holes of his third round on the Sunday morning after lightning delays on days one and two at DLF Golf & Country Club, but he showed no adverse effects as he birdied the 13th, 14th (where he chipped in) and 15th holes to get to nine-under-par.
He finished with a 10-under-par 278 victory total in a week where only seven players finished under par.
“This is probably my best win of my career as it was a really tough course,” Chawrasia said. “I’m just very, very happy. I learned many things this week and hopefully I can play better in Europe. That’s my target next, I have to win in Europe.”
Titleist was the overwhelming field favourite in golf balls at the Hero Indian Open with 115 players trusting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x, nearly nine times the nearest competitor with 13.
In addition to golf balls, Titleist was also the field favourite in the irons (36) category and Vokey Design Wedges topped the approach, sand and lob wedge (155) category.
Titleist is part of the Acushnet company, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.