Jeev aiming for his maiden Indian Open title

New Delhi, Oct 8 (UNI) Golfing heavyweight Jeev Milkha Singh, who is yet to win a major dollar event in India, is all geared up to take the challenge this time and said he was keen to set the record straight when he tees off in the 1,000,000 dollar Indian Open which gets underway here tomorrow.

With his current form this season, the highest ranked Indian, Jeev would surely start as favourite ahead of Jyoti Randhawa who is at the 115th spot in the world.

Jeev, who had finished 13th here last time, today said even though he does not feel comfortable at the Delhi Golf Course, still he will take up the challenge to add another title in his kitty this season.

''I don't feel very comfortable here and I haven't won any major title here. Yes, it would be very challenging to play and I am ready for it,'' Jeev told mediapersons here today.

''Every time I come here, I try my best. Hopefully, I can end that wait here this time,'' he added.

The ace pro acknowledged the fact that he has been in great form this season but asserted that he still needs to do some work.

Ranked second in the Asian Tour Order of Merit, Jeev has won the Bank Austria Open and the Sega Sammy Cup in Japan this year and is placed 10th on the European Tour Order of Merit.

In a strong field, Jeev will fight it out with some excellent overseas challengers like Asian Tour leader New Zealand's Mark Brown and Swede Daniel Chopra who will make a return to the Open after 2001 on a course he is very familiar with.

''It's good to be back here on a course where I used to play from morning till sunset,'' Chopra said after the day's practice round today.

Jeev said the Indian Golfers are doing good and hopefully players like Tiger Woods would soon be seen in a tournament like Indian Open.

''I hope players like Tiger Woods would soon be seen here and Indian golfers have been doing quite well. Arjun (Atwal) and Jyoti have great potential to prove their worth at the top level,'' Jeev added.

But the golfer from Chandigarh has a tough task at hands as previous winners like Randhawa, Thaworn Wiratchant (Thailand), Mardan Mamat (Singapore), Mike Cunning (USA), Vijay Kumar, Feroze Ali and Ali Sher will be here again to stop Jeev from claiming his maiden title.

Meanwhile, Chopra was pleased with the course and said even though he was not in top form, he would still put in his best efforts.

''This is one the most intimidating Golf course and I haven't played a lot before I came here which generally doesn't happen.

''I am trying to get more consistent for which I'll have to make some changes in my technique but that is not possible in the middle of the season. Any how, I am learning with the experience,'' Chopra added.


Story first published: Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 17:36 [IST]
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