SSP Chawrasia (Ind)
Born: May 5, 1978 | Residence: Kolkata, India | Turned Pro: 1997
Titles: Asian: 5; Euro: 3
Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia, popularly called ‘SSP’and ‘Chow’ is the defending champion of Hero Indian Open, having finally clinched the coveted crown in 2016 after having four runner-up finishes in the same tournament. He was the first Indian to win a co-sanctioned event in India and he did it twice, in 2008 and 2011. SSP claimed his first victory outside of India when he clinched the Resorts World Manila Masters in 2016. He also created European Tour history in 2008 by becoming the first player to win on his maiden appearance as an Affiliate Member when he triumphed on home soil at the inaugural EMAAR-MGF Indian Masters at Delhi Golf Club. SSP added a second European Tour victory in the 2011 Avantha Masters, where he capitalised on Robert Coles’ poor finish to win by one. His father’s worked as a greenkeeper at Calcutta Golf Club. Aged ten, he used to practise by sneaking onto the historic course – believed to be the oldest outside Britain. He subsequently became a caddie, before embarking on a career which now sees him divide his time between Europe and Asia.