Chawrasia misses chance to qualify for British Open

SSP Chawrasia today came close to earning a berth at the British Open but a couple of bogeys in the end cost him a place at Major as he finished tied seventh at the Thailand Golf Championship here.

India's S.S.P Chawrasia has three Asian Tour titles to his name.   -  AP

SSP Chawrasia today came close to earning a berth at the British Open but a couple of bogeys in the end cost him a place at Major as he finished tied seventh at the Thailand Golf Championship here.

Chawrasia went on a birdie-spree between the sixth and 15th with seven birdies at a stretch, before he bogeyed the 16th and 17th.

Among the other Indians, Shiv Kapur (72) and Arjun Atwal (72) were tied 24th, while Rashid Khan (72) was tied 41st.

Jyoti Randhawa (78), who was inside top-10 after three rounds, melted in the third round and ended tied 44th alongside Gaganjeet Bhullar (73).

At the top, Jamie Donaldson held on to his nerves and kept calm to claim the USD 1 million Thailand Golf Championship. He shot seven-under par for the final round to claim a three-stroke win at the Asian Tour’s showcase event.

While Donaldson (65) finished at 21-under 267, Lee Westwood (67) and Clement Sordet (70) tied for second at 18-under par.

Chawrasia, who started the day nine shots off the lead, knew he had little, if any, chance of winning the tournament, but he made a bold bid for one of the four British Open spots that were at stake.

At seven-under through 15 holes, his seven birdies having come in the 10-hole stretch from sixth to 15th, and he was very much in line to seal the Open spot, which would have given him his maiden start at a Major.

“The back-to-back bogeys on 16th and 17th really cost me a lot, in fact a spot in The Open next year. If not for the bogeys, I would have made it 100% into The Open,” said a disappointed Chawrasia. “I had a good run from the sixth and I gave myself good opportunities for birdies. But it was not to be,” added the Indian, who has three Asian Tour titles, two of them co-sanctioned with European Tour.