Chawrasia carries India’s hopes at WGC-HSBC Champions

SSP CHOWRASIA 26Shanghai: India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia is confident of staging a weekend charge despite posting a second round even-par 72 at the WGC-HSBC Champions on Friday.

The three-time Asian Tour winner struggled under windy conditions at the Sheshan International Golf Club but believes there is still everything to play for when the weekend round commences.

“No problem. I can catch up with the leaders very easily if I continue to putt well. The scores were not as low as yesterday and that’s largely because of the wind,” said Chawrasia.

Chawrasia, who teed off in the back-nine 10, stumbled early with a bogey on 12. He birdied 14 but immediately gave that shot back with another bogey on 15.

After turning in 37, Chawrasia mixed two birdies and another bogey to sign for a two-day total of three-under-par 141.

“No doubt the winds created lots of problems for us out there today. I’ve not been hitting the ball well today but that’s because the winds had some part to play,” said the 37-year-old.

Anirban Lahiri had a round to forget after he returned with a 75 that left him in tied-61st place.