In his short career on the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), Sunit Chowrasia has had his share of moments on the golf course, proof lies in the sprinkling of top-10s over the past three seasons. The icing though is taming the demanding Chandigarh Golf Club on the final day of the Players Championship in November last.
The 10-under 62 sent ripples across the venue and outside, but the sentiment was of disbelief initially at home in Kolkata. Part of a Whatsapp group for professional golfers in Kolkata, SSP Chawrasia was taken aback when someone broke the news of the nephew creating a course record.
“I thought it was a prank and decided to check the PGTI website,” says SSP since the group is often used to share banter and other light stuff.
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The 10-under 62, which zoomed the 26-year-old Sunit up the charts to sole second that week surprised SSP, but the winner on the Asian Tour and European Tour feels Sunit’s proficiency will not be a one-off incident now that a barrier has been breached.
Growing up learning golf the hard way and with SSP’s spare clubs, Sunit has also imbibed the lessons on mental fortitude. Since turning pro, Sunit has come close on occasions, but as SSP puts it, “backed off in the final round”.
“We are in touch whenever he is playing and most of the talk is about being strong in the mind,” says SSP. “I have faltered many times on the big stage and shared the experience with Sunit. I believe no can beat us; we beat ourselves by not being strong.”
The key to that round in Chandigarh was the “body and mind being in sync” and SSP feels it will be easier for Sunit to replicate the performance after experiencing the high.
Photo credit: Sunit Chowrasia