Chowrasia hopes to build on growing confidence at Dubai event
Dubai: A resurgent SSP Chowrasia is keen to do well outside India as he prepares for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic beginning Thursday.
Chowrasia, who won the Avantha Masters last year and then made only one more cut in a full field event on European Tour, was 24th in the limited field Volvo Champions in South Africa.
He then made the cut at both Abu Dhabi and Doha with late surges as he recovered some of his lost confidence.
Also in the field is Jeev Milkha Singh, who was 24th in Abu Dhabi but missed the cut in windy Doha.
"I am feeling better and playing better. It will be nice to begin my defense with a good showing in Dubai. Chowrasia has made the cut on both occasions he has played at Dubai, which he skipped last year," said Chowrasia, who also defends his Avantha Masters title next week in India.
Meanwhile, Lee Westwood is hoping to end a month-long stint in the Middle East on a high at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic this week. The Englishman has twice been a runner-up at Emirates Golf Club - the most recent in 2010 when he lost a play-off to Miguel Angel Jimnez.
Last week he was tied 12th at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy, and the previous week he finished tied 17th in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, his first event of the season.
Westwood will have to contend with a strong field over the Majilis Course, with World Number Two Rory McIlroy, World Number Four Martin Kaymer and defending champion Alvaro Quiros all in attendance.
Martin Kaymer is looking for a turnaround as he struggles on the greens. Kaymer missed the cut at Abu Dhabi, where had finished first-second-first-first in his last four attempts, as Robert Rock won in a field that included Tiger Woods.
Kaymer finished in top-5 at Dubai three times in a row from 2008 to 2010.