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Porsche European Open: Anirban and SSP begin the quest with three-under 68 each in Germany

Anirban Lahiri returning to action after a gap of more than a month, and SSP Chawrasia looking for his first career win outside India, despite three European Tour wins at home, carded identical three-under 68 each to be placed Tied-16th.

With play having been delayed by three hours and 25 minutes, only a few had finished their opening round as play continued and the first round is likely to finish on Friday.

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Chawrasia was cruising at five-under through 15 holes and was Tied-second at that time. Starting on the tenth, he was five-under and then came the stutter at the finish, when he bogeyed the seventh and ninth and ended at 68.

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Lahiri, whose last competitive round was at the Rio Olympic Games, also started from the tenth, After a par start on 10th, he had a hat-trick of birdies from 11th to 13th. Then he suffered a mid-round lapse, as he bogeyed 15th and 18th to turn in one-under.

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A birdie on second was followed by a bogey on fourth. Birdies on sixth and eighth saw him finish at 68, making it a satisfying round for someone coming after a long layoff.

The 2016 World Cup of Golf: SSP Chawrasia and Senappa Chikka to represent India

The Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia will host the 58th version of the World cup of golf. The event is scheduled from November 24 to November 27.

SSP, who left his mark at the Rio Olympics with his decent game, got a late spot in the World cup event after the withdrawal of Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti. Following his selection, SSP picked the 22-year old Senappa Chikka as his partner.

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Both world No.234 Chawrasia and world No.439 Chikkarangappa will be making their debut at the World Cup

I’m extremely excited about making my debut at the World Cup of Golf. It’s always an honour to represent the country. I expect our team, comprising Chikka and I,┬áto make a major impact at the event,” Chawrasia said. “I picked Chikka as my partner as he is one of the most promising young talents in India and is in good form and high on confidence at the moment.”

“I am honoured that SSP has picked me as a partner for the World Cup. When Anirban (Lahiri) played at the World Cup last time, I saw it on TV and started dreaming about representing my country in such a prestigious tournament. Now the time has come for me to represent India and I would do my best to make my country proud,” Chikka said.

Twenty-eight countries will compete as two-player teams. The format is 72-hole stroke play; the first and third days are four-ball play, and the second and fourth days are alternate shot.

India’s best performance at the world cup was back in 2005 when the duo of Arjun Atwal and Jyoti Randhawa made a 9th place finish.

Rio 2016: Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia fall further as India’s medal tally stays dry as dust

Anirban Lahiri scored a two over 73 and SSP an even par 71 to finish day 2 in Rio at tied 51 and tied 30 respectively.

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Lahiri struggled throughout the day as he scored consecutive bogeys on the 4th and 5th hole before scoring a birdie at 6th. The Asian tour no. 1 again scored bogeys at the 7th and the 8th hole to get to three under, his poor form continued as he finished the day at tied 51.

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SSP too didn’t start his day on a good note as he bogeyed the 2nd hole and double bogeyed on the par-four third hole. However, he fought his way back after birding the next two holes. Chawrasia finished the day at tied 30.

Indian podium finish in the golf’s men event seems a rare possibility now but the duo still has a day left and we hope that day 3 will bring some glory for the Indian golfers.

 

SSP Chawrasia: Time to do something for the country

In a recent interview given to the PTI, SSP Chawrasia or popularly known as “Chipputtsia” expressed his wish to win a medal at the upcoming summer Olympics in Rio.
“I feel it’s an opportunity for me to give something back to the country. Not everyone gets a chance, I feel very lucky”, said Chawrasia in a recent interview given to PTI.
Having clinched the Indian Open in March, his third European Tour Title, Chawrasia was sure of an Olympic berth. His assumption turned a reality on July 11 when his name was put on the top 60 list by the International Golf Federation.
Focussed on his Olympics preparation, Chawrasia will head to Pattaya in Thailand to compete in the King’s Cup from July 28-31. “I want to be in the mix and don’t want to relax. The Asian Tour event will give me some good practice before I head to Rio on August 4”, said Chawrasia.
Chawrasia scored a five-over 149 in the European Tour event in Inverness, UK to finish 101, something he would like to forget fast. “The wind was gushing at 50km per hour. I really struggled. I want to get it over fast.”, said SSP.

The Golf tournament in Rio will compete over 72 holes of stroke play. The men’s event will run from August 11-14 and we hope that SSP achieves his dream of giving something back to the country.