Chawrasia rises to fourth in Asian Tour Order of Merit

Chawrasia’s victory at the Delhi Golf Club put him behind merit leader Marcus Fraser of Australia by slightly over USD 200,000 with seven events played on the Asian Tour so far.

S. S. P. Chawrasia won the Indian Open for the first time after four runner-up finishes.   -  Getty Images

Riding on his title triumph at the Hero Indian Open golf tournament, SSP Chawrasia has surged to fourth spot in the latest Asian Tour Order of Merit list released today.

Chawrasia’s victory at the Delhi Golf Club put him behind merit leader Marcus Fraser of Australia by slightly over USD 200,000 with seven events played on the Asian Tour so far. The Indian, who has earnings of USD 310,551 credited his never-say-die attitude which played a pivotal role in sealing his return to the champions club after two years.

“My hunger to win kept increasing after every loss. That’s what kept me going whenever I went through a low phase. Looking back, I feel that missing the cuts in the last three weeks made me hungrier for the Hero Indian Open,” said Chawrasia.

If the early performances on the Asian Tour is any indication of the exciting season ahead, fans can expect a keenly-fought battle for the prestigious merit title which will go down to the wire come December.

Fraser may have taken the early pole position when he ended his six-year title drought by winning the Maybank Championship Malaysia.

However, Philippines’ Miguel Tabuena, who is in second place on the Order of Merit, has also issued his own statement of intent with several worthy performances including tied-fourth and second finishes at the SMBC Singapore Open and the Maybank Championship Malaysia respectively.

Korea’s Soomin Lee has also made a blistering start to the season with three top-10s in his first four starts which played a huge role in taking him up to third place on the money list.

Golf rankings

S.S.P. Chawrasia made a jump of 92 places to be 151st in the latest global golf rankings released on Monday.

Among other Indians, Anirban Lahiri moved up two places to be 50th after finishing joint runner—up at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC). Lahiri remains India’s top-ranked golfer. Rashid Khan, tied sixth in Delhi, vaulted 44 places to be 299th, while S. Chikka gained a place to be 365th.

However, Jyoti Randhawa and Shubhankar Sharma moved down the rankings. Veteran Randhawa dropped nine places to be 451st, while Shubhankar moved down five places to be 453rd.Shiv Kapur’s tied 10th finish here helped him jump 29 places to be 470th, while Himmat Rai dropped 11 places to be 486th.

Another veteran, Arjun Atwal moved up 27 places to be 497th after his tied 20th finish in the Indian Open.