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Chowrasia surges up the rankings as Indian golf goes on a roll

S.S.P Chowrasia from India shot a 5-under-par 67 in the final round to clinch the Emaar-MGF Indian Masters title at the Delhi Golf Club. He had a bogey-free final round to win his maiden European Tour title with a four-round aggregate of nine-under par 279, two strokes ahead of Ireland's Damien McGrane. Chowrasia jumps 227 positions in the Official World Golf Ranking to 161st.

Chowrasia's home victory in the European and Asian Tour co-sanctioned event, the first of four big tournaments on Indian soil in 2008, demonstrates the rise of India as a new force in world golf, with the sport growing rapidly and now second only to cricket in the country.

India now has three players in the world top 200, (Jyoti Randhawa - 85th, Jeev Milkha Singh - 93rd and Chowrasia) and a total of five in the top 300 (Gaurav Ghei - 212th and Shiv Kapur - 263rd).

On the PGA Tour, veteran Steve Lowery shot a final round of 68 for a 10-under-par total of 278, a figure matched by overnight leader Vijay Singh who pitched to two feet for a birdie on the 72nd hole. It was Lowery who went on to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am title at the first extra hole with a birdie of his own at Pebble Beach's famous 18th hole. Lowery climbs 189 places to World Number 116 while Singh moves up a place to World Number 10, displacing Padraig Harrington who falls to 11th after his tied 14th place finish.

Shaun Norris secured his debut win on the Sunshine Tour at the inaugural Africa Open Golf Challenge at the Fish River Sun Country Club and moves to World Number 448 as he picks up his first World Ranking Points.

February 11 , 2008


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