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Saturday , January 12 , 2013
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SSP banks on new swing

Calcutta: SSP Chowrasia is looking forward to the 2013 season with hope and optimism.

“The new season should go well for me. I am preparing well,” the 2012 PGTI year-ending championship winner at the RCGC, told The Telegraph on Friday.

SSP’s first tournament in the new year will be the European Tour’s January 17-20 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship where $2.7 million is up for grabs.

“Jeev (Mikha Singh) and I will be there. It’s a big tournament so I want to do well. My target will be to have a top-20 finish.”

The Dubai field will see the who’s who of golf.

Four of the world’s top 10 players, including No. 1 and No. 3, Rory McIlory and Tiger Woods, as well as Justin Rose, the world No. 4 and Jason Dufner of the US will be seen in action.

“It will be quite an experience. Playing in a field where Rory and Tiger are also there,” he said.

Known for his brilliant putting — he is called Chip-putt-sia by his peers — Chowrasia is now working on his swing.

“I am working on my swing. I am not going for some drastic changes. Some minor tweaks. I am feeling comfortable now. I am confident that my new swing will yield the desirable result.”

Chowrasia said his wrist is doing fine. The 2008 Indian Masters winner met with an accident a couple of years back which sidelined him for months.

“During the last one month I worked on my wrist. The physiotherapy, the work-outs have ensured that the injury does not flare up.

“Overall everything is fine. I just hope things stay like it is at present throughout 2013,” he said.