New Delhi: He announced his arrival as the next big thing in Indian golf at the Indian Masters on this very course three years back and no wonder SSP Chowrasia wants a repeat of that performance at the Indian Open starting from Thursday.

"It's always a great feeling to come back at this course where I won the Masters in 2008. Right now, my rank in Asia is No. 2 and I would like to do well here in order to get back to the top," SSP said during after he and Shiv Kapur defeated Rest of World duo of Edoardo Molinari and Rikard Karlberg to win $6000 'Skills Challenge' event.

On his own admission, he had a tough five weeks on tour before he took a small break to recharge his batteries and also work a bit on technical aspects.

"I was continuously playing for five weeks. I needed a break and that did a world of good for me. I was back at my mother club Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) and worked on my game. I worked on perfecting my swing as well as putting," he said.

Apart from getting back the Asian No. 1 rank, Chowrasia is aiming to get into the top-60 in the European PGA list.

"Right now, I am ranked 63rd in European PGA circuit. I want to get into the top-60 which will provide me with a chance of playing in the yearend European tour event in Dubai," he informed.

Chowrasia termed playing at the Delhi Golf Club course more challenging than other course in the city.

"Playing at the Delhi Golf Club course as more challenging than any other in the city. The fairways are narrow therefore the margin of error is negligible. More than hitting long, you need to hit straight," Chowrasia said.

"Short drivers like Shiv Kapur, Manav Jaini are really formidable in these kind of courses. Also Rikard Karlberg who has won this championship has a fair idea of this course," he analysed.

On personal front, the 33-year-old feels that marriage has helped him mellow down a lot.

"I married Simantini a year back and that has helped me evolve as a person. When she is on tour, I feel much more relaxed. She keeps a tab on my itineraries, schedules and it helps me concentrate on my game," the diminutive golfer said with a huge grin.

After the Indian Open, Chowrasia will not play in the Korean Open as he would be back home in Kolkata before setting off for Malaysia.

"I would next play in the PGA tour event in Selangor (Malaysia) followed by HSBC Open in Shanghai. Then I will be back in Malaysia to play at the Johor Bahru."

Among the next crop of amateur golfers who are coming up, SSP named Chikkarangappa and Ashbeer Saini as most talented among the lot.

"They already have it in them to challenge the pros. They will certainly do well," he concluded.

(Agencies)