Watching SSP was an education

Watching SSP was an education

Watching SSP was an education
For someone who is still learning at every step of professional golf, watching SSP Chawrasia is an education. He is always smiling, never mind how much of tension there is on the course; he does not get angry and above all he is a great friend and mentor.

To be there and watch him win the Hero Indian Open for the second time was indeed a privilege. He gave the opposition no chance. At no stage in the fourth round was there any danger. He was always in command. He started the day in shared lead and by the time he ended the tournament he was a runaway winner – by seven shots.

On a course like this he had just a handful of bogeys, while many others’ games went to pieces.

His understanding of conditions was superb and for many young golfers like me, simply watching him manage the course, play around it and finally score there was a joy and of course, an education.

Even when he dropped two bogeys in a row, he did not show signs of losing his calm. He came with two birdies and the others simply melted away.

Hole after hole, shot after shot, he delivered what was required. He never over-tried and he never showed any strain.

If any of the younger lot were watching him today or the last few days, we will all be better equipped to handle tougher golf courses and bigger events.

Anirban Lahiri is someone I have known and have admired so much. He showed how one came  back from behind.

There was a time when he was in a difficult situation in the second round when the cut was looming large and when the event ended he was in Top-5.

I had an up and down round and finished at even par for final round and was in the middle of the field but I will remember this event for the awesome display from SSP. He taught us all so much. Thank you and congratulations SSP.