Chowrasia to focus on European Tour, needs sponsors

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Kolkata, Feb 11 (UNI) EMAAR-MGF Indian Masters winner S SP Chowrasia would like to concentrate on the European Tour and needs a minimum of 50,000 dollars for sustaining him on the tour.

Talking to the media at a felicitation programme at the RCGC where he honed his skills, Chowrasia said, '' I need half a million dollars to sustain myself on the European tour. I have got a sanction till 2010 and I am very excited. I want to take on the best in the world. '' A Luthra of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) said, '' We have appealed to the sponsors to come forward and help us. '' Remembering his growing years at the club, Chowrasia said, '' I have learnt everything from here. I took up golf when I was 12-13 years and from then it was only golf for me.My father worked here as a greenkeeper and I lived in the quarters here. My stint as caddie also helped me. '' Asked about his next tournaments, he said, '' I am looking forward to playing the SAIL Open and Jhonny Walker in Malaysia and continue to play in the circuit, '' Chowrasia, who has eight titles on tour, said.

On how life has changed for him, he said, '' Nothing has changed for me. I am the same person and I will like to keep my humble lifestyle. '' Nicknamed as 'Chipputsia', he said, '' I was very good in chip and putt and that got me the name. I would also like to dedicate my trophy to Neel Low who gave me the first golfing set. '' On whether he has any ideal, he said, '' I admire the way Tiger Woods finishes off the game. If I ever meet him I will ask him how he finishes off the game so fast. I inevitably play it poorly in the second half. I need to rectify that. '' Chowrasia also said that the victory in Delhi gave him the confidence to take on the best in the world, while he felt it would be a great impetus for the cadies to take up the game more seriously.

On his unnerving smile that he wears even after his worst shot, Chowrasia said, '' I enjoy my game and take the bad with the good in its stride. I don't let it burden or bog me down. That is the secret. '' UNI BA SJC AB HT1932

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