By: Daniel Chopra
These guys, SSP (Chawrasia) and Siddikur are just unbelievable. Look at them on the leaderboard of the Hero Indian Open — these guys, who have always been doing well at the Delhi Golf Club, they are all back and continuing with their great run. Every time I see or read or play an event at the DGC, these guys are always in the running.
Both of them have won here and have been consistent Top-5 or Top-10 finishers. There is no need for them to play the early rounds — they should be simply put in the final round. They are so good at this course. It is a pretty crowded leaderboard with five players up there with six-under 65 each and another two got 67s and eight others had a 68 each. SSP and Siddikur have Canadian Richard Lee, Thai Chapchai Nirat and Swede Joakim Lagergren for company at 65.
I had a one-under 70. That is not really bad but then it is not good either when others have gone quite deep and low like 65 and there were so many of them. One will need to come up with solid scores to keep them in sight over the next three days and not let anyone run away with the tournament. I had a fairly decent day. I did not hit a single green in the first four holes and then did not miss a single one over the next 14.
That’s the kind of a day it was. I created a lot of birdie opportunities for myself but I couldn’t drop those putts. The greens were tough and not rolling and I was finding them tough. The birdies I had were inside five feet.
It was also windy out there, but then I have played a lot here so I suppose I should know how to go about it. The wind was there but I would not call it swirling. But then it is the same for all. I must also say that the standard of Asian golf is really going higher and higher. Four of the five guys in lead play most of their golf in Asia – of course Chawrasia has played a lot of years in Europe, too.
And one more thing, there were seven different nationalities in the Top-7 and that is truly international leaderboard and that also shows how global the Hero Indian Open has become.