SSP Chawrasia said that he is thinking about the Order of Merit ahead of teeing off for the USD 500,000 Asian Tour Queen’s Cup at the Santiburi Samui Country Club, also called the ‘Beast of Samui’. “Obviously I’m thinking about the Order of Merit. I’m about USD 30,000 behind David Lipsky and I’m here to try and catch him,” he is quoted as saying by PTI.
Chawrasia had successfully defended his Hero Indian Open title by seven shots in March. It was his sixth Asian Tour victory. He is thus second on the Merit List and with USD 304,500 and could overtake top ranked American David Lipsky if he finishes no lower than tied second at the Queen’s Cup. That’s the main reason why I’m here. I’ve planned my schedule to play a few more Asian Tour events in the second half of the season,” said Chawrasia.
He said that after Switzerland he will “play in Korea, Japan and Malaysia.” “It’s very important for me,” he said, “If I can win the Order of Merit, like some other top Indians in the past. I want to give myself a chance as well to win it.”
Chawrasia said that he always enjoyed the Santiburi Samui Country Club. “I’ve played here the past few years and it’s a great place to be, with the beach and nice hotels,” he said, “I like the golf course, so mentally I’m always refreshed. This course fits my style of play. However, it’s very tricky and tough. The tee shot is going to be very important. It’s very tight on every single hole.”