My short game not so good now, says `Chip-putt-sia` Chowrasia

Last Updated: Sep 03, 2010, 13:50 PM IST

Singapore: Nicknamed `Chip-putt-sia` for his
fine short game, Indian golfer SSP Chowrasia says he is
struggling with what was once his strong point but remains
confident of rediscovering the lost touch for a title assault
at next week`s Handa Singapore Classic here.

Chowrasia, the son of a greenkeeper, produced a career
breakthrough two years ago when he won the Indian Masters.

The 32-year-old said his famous short game, which led him
to the surprise title triumph two years ago, is not working
for him at least for the time being.

"I`ve put in a lot of work in the last few years and
changed my swing a bit. I`ve improved on my ball striking but
my putting is not so good now. I`ve been missing a few short
putts. My strong point is gone. I hope it`ll come back soon,"
said Chowrasia.

Similar is the story of C Muniyappa, who rose stunningly
by claiming a popular victory at the Hero Honda Indian Open
last year.

It marked a turning point in his career where he won USD
223,269 on the Asian Tour last season but struggling ever
since, he too is hoping make a mark at next week`s event.

As a seven-year-old he earned one rupee working as a
caddie at the Karnataka Golf Association golf course and
learned his golf swing by observing club members.

Muniyappa revealed that the pressure has been piling
since his surprise victory in Delhi lats year.

"After winning the Indian Open, I planned on buying a
house but until now, I haven`t managed to buy it yet. That has
distracted me from golf but I hope a few good finishes or a
victory will change that," said last season`s Rookie of the
Year.

Other top Asian Tour stars competing at the Orchid
Country Club include Marcus Fraser of Australia, currently
ranked second on the Order of Merit, and local star Lam Chih
Bing.

Bangladesh`s Siddikur Rehman will also headline the Asian
Tour`s newest USD 400,000 tournament alongside Asian Tour
number one Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand at the Orchid Country
Club from September 9-12.

PTI