Chawrasia finally wins outside India

India's SSP Chawrasia lifted his first Asian Tour title outside his homeland after prevailing at the second play-off hole to win the US$1 million ($1.4m) Resorts World Manila Masters yesterday.

Victory at the richest golf tournament in the Philippines was one to remember for the 38-year-old after he birdied the 18th play-off hole twice to clinch victory over Sam Chien of the United States and Malaysia's Nicholas Fung, reported

"I am very happy. This is my first win outside of India. I am very excited. Everyone has been telling me I have won a lot of times in India and it's about time to win outside of India. I am glad I did it this week," said Chawrasia.

He finished regulation play with a flawless six-under 66 to force his way into a three-way play-off after Fung and Chien had earlier set the clubhouse lead at 19-under 269.

When Fung bowed out with a bogey at the first play-off hole, it was down to Chawrasia and rookie Chien to battle for top honours at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.

Chien hit a wayward tee shot that went straight into the hazard leaving Chawrasia in an advantageous position after he had hit a solid drive into the middle of the fairway earlier.

The American then took a relief but hit his shot back into the rough, effectively ruling him out of the equation for the title.

Said Chien "Chawrasia played some great golf in the play-off.

"I was just trying to be aggressive but maybe I was a little bit too aggressive."


269: SSP Chawrasia 68-64-71-66, Nicholas Fung 66-69-71-63, Sam Chien 74-65-65-65

270: Shubhankar Sharma 69-70-69-62, Chiragh Kumar 67-70-69-64, Jyoti Randhawa 64-65-74-67

271: Michael Tran 67-66-71-67, Hung Chien Yao 65-71-68-67, Sutijet Kooratanapisan 65-66-69-71


275: Scott Barr 70-69-68-68

278: Unho Park 72-67-70-69

279: Koh Dengshan 68-71-67-73

283: Mardan Mamat 67-71-74-71.