Shiv Chawrasia excited about playing for Asia at EurAsia Cup

Kolkata, PTI | Updated : 05 January 2016, 07:25 PM

Three-time Asian Tour winner Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia is fully charged and excited about his maiden appearance for Team Asia in the EurAsia Cup.

Kolkata-based Chawrasia, who finished fourth in Asian Tour Order of Merit and earned automatic selection into the 12-man squad has never represented India or Asia in a team event.

“I played very little amateur golf and in the past missed making the team for India to the World Cup or the Asian Team for 2014 EurAsia Cup,” said Chawrasia, who has won twice in co-sanctioned events and his latest win was in late 2014 in the Panasonic Open.

He added, “I have had a good season in 2015 and I was runner-up at the Hero Indian Open behind Anirban Lahiri. It was the second time in succession I was runner-up at the Indian  Open.”

Chawrasia, a fairly aggressive player is suited for match-play.

As for his preparation, Chawrasia, added, “I took time off after Asian Tour engagements and played the last event on Indian Tour. Now I am back to practice and I am looking forward. I also plan to spend some time with coach Vijay Divecha soon and I feel it is going to be an exciting year and

I am also keen on making the Indian team for Olympics.

Jeev, who has great admiration for the plucky Chawrasia, said, “It was fantastic that he earned his spot directly. I kept an eye on him and I know he is a valuable player. His fighting spirit and ever-smiling manner will be an asset to Team Asia.”

On Chawrasia’s game, Jeev added, “SSP is great player around the greens and if his putting gets going he will be hard to catch. I am looking forward to seeing him action in a Team format. I have been fortunate to travel and tour with him in Europe and Asia and I feel he could be one of our trump cards.”

Chawrasia is one of the two Indians, who earned a direct spot to Team Asia, alongwith Anirban Lahiri. The Asian team also includes An Byeong-hun, Thongchai Jaidee, Kiradech Aphibarnrat among others.

The European team will be led by Darren Clarke and it includes the likes of Ian Poulter.

The EurAsia Cup will feature 24 matches, with day one showcasing six Fourball matches, followed by six Foursome matches and 12 Singles matches on the third day.

The winning team will share prize money of USD 3.6 million while the runners-up will share USD 1.2 million.