Daniel Graduates Top Of Class

January 24th, 2015 by Samantha Chopra

January 24: Daniel Chopra of Sweden, a client of World Sport Group, recorded a four-stroke victory in the Asian Tour’s Qualifying School Final Stage presented by Sports Authority of Thailand on Saturday.

Chopra, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour and a winner on the Asian Tour, shot a three-under-par 68 to win by four shots on 15-under-par 270 total at the Springfield Royal Golf Club.

Finland’s Kalle Samooja returned with the day’s lowest round of 65 to take second place while Thailand’s Phiphatphong Naewsuk settled one shot back in third on 275.

Chopra, who fired six birdies and three bogeys, shrugged off the final round pressure and credited his experience for a remarkable performance.

“It feels really wonderful to be back on Tour. The course was really demanding off the tee. I was reminded of how focused I was when I tried to get my PGA Tour card a few years ago. That experience helped. I kept my rhythm nice and smooth and that gave me good confidence,” said the 41-year-old.

“I am feeling more relieved now. It has been tough for me for the past few years. It’s good that I belong somewhere again. I’ve learnt and crafted my game in Asia and it’s a place I would always call home. I can’t wait to start playing out here. Winning the Qualifying School makes me feel that I can win on Tour again,” added Chopra.

Chopra has won on nearly every Tour in the game of golf and has claimed 13 professional tournaments around the world. The list also includes three Nationwide Tour events, three events in Europe, and six tournaments in Asia (two each in India, Malaysia, and Chinese Taipei).The talented golfer had played on 10 different golf tours on four continents before joining the US PGA Tour in 2004.

Half Indian and half Swedish, he moved to India when he was seven and was raised by his grandparents in New Delhi. He won the All-India Junior Championship at age 14 as well as the Doug Sanders World Junior title.