Chowrasia edges Coles in Avantha Masters for second European Tour win

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SSP Chowrasia has earned two European Tour victories in the last four seasons, both coming in his native India.
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Published: Sunday, February 20, 2011 | 10:25 a.m.

Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia of India got his second professional win Sunday at the Avantha Masters, shooting a 5-under 67 for a one stroke victory over Robert Coles of England. The event was co-sanctioned by the European Tour, the Asian Tour and the Professional Golf Tour of India.

Chowrasia set the clubhouse target of 15-under 273 and then had to wait an hour while Coles finished his final round at the DLF Golf and Country Club.


The second edition of the Avantha Masters is co-sanctioned by the European Tour, Asian Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India.

The Englishman had several chances to win over the closing holes, but couldn’t sink the putts to pull it off. U.S. Open runner-up Gregory Havret of France claimed third another shot back after a 68.

First-round leader Robert-Jan Derksen of the Netherlands was fourth after shooting a 69 to finish at 12 under. Overnight leader Pablo Larrazabal of Spain shot 72 and ended in a tie for fifth with India’s Sujjan Singh at 11 under.

Seven birdies in his first 14 holes had put Chowrasia in charge against third-round leader Coles.

Chowrasia started the round well and sank a 15-foot birdie putt at the fourth before turning in 32. A 10-foot birdie putt at the 10th kept Chowrasia's good run going as he held most of the field at bay.

Coles was the only one who could live with his pace as his approach shot to the seventh spun back into the hole for an eagle.

A winner in New Delhi in 2008 when he earned his breakthrough European Tour victory in the Indian Masters, Chowrasia had his first blip on the 16th. He rushed his tee shot and pulled it left, which eventually led to a double bogey. Pars on the final two holes saw Chowrasia set he clubhouse target at 15 under.

With four holes to go, Coles was on the same mark and his approach to eight feet at the 15th looked to set him on course for his first European Tour win. But he failed to take that chance and an even easier one on the 17th, and was made to pay the price on the last.

A perfect tee shot and a second into greenside rough put him in a good position, but his chip from a downhill lie went 20 feet past the hole. He over-hit the putt, which could have landed him the tournament win, and an eight-foot return was also missed, so the chance to force a playoff was gone, too.

Coles admitted to his disappointment after failing to break through.

"It is obviously disappointing, but I don't feel too bad right now," he said. "I will probably feel a lot worse tomorrow when it sinks in. I did have a great chance to win.

"The ball was really far below my feet and there was a bit of grass in between it and the club -- it was just a really awkward shot,” he explained of his situation on the final hole. "I really needed to get underneath to get it up in the air as soon as I could, but the ground was rock hard and it just kind of flew on me a bit.

"Then I got over the putt and I was still thinking I could make it and win the tournament, but I just hit it so hard and it flew out of the middle of the putter and then I obviously missed the one coming back."




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