Golfer Chikka aims to retain Asian Tour card next season

Ho Tram (Vietnam), Dec 1 (IANS) Young Indian golfer S. Chikka said on Tuesday he is confident of retaining his Asian Tour card next season despite his continuing struggle with form.

Chikka is currently 66th in the Order of Merit and needs to finish inside 60 at the end of the season to keep his card. He has played 10 tournaments and earned $48,220 in his debut season on the region’s premier golf tour. The 21-year has only one top-10 finish, a 10th spot in the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taipei, Taiwan.

However, the Karnataka golfer feels he will look to make the most of the opportunities in the final three tournaments this months.

“I’m not going to think about my Order of Merit position. I know I’m at my peak now. If I can go out and play like how I’ve been playing then I think saving my card is not a problem. I talked to my coach and to Anirban Lahiri and they’ve told me not to worry about it,” Chikka said in a release.

He is here to compete in the $1,500,000 Ho Tram Open. Two tournaments left on the calendar are $1,000,000 Thailand Golf Championship (December 10-13) and $300,000 Philippine Open (December 17-20).

“This is my first year on the Asian Tour and I faced the same problem when I played in my first year on the PGTI (Professional Golf Tour of India),” he admitted.

“When I was young, I saw these guys on television and I really wanted to play with them. Obviously my focus was on these players rather than focussing on my game but that’s changed.”

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here