Jyoti hopes DGC will prove lucky for him again

New Delhi, Feb 6 (UNI) Ace Indian pro Jyoti Randhawa today hoped that Delhi Golf Club will once again prove lucky for him during the Emaar-MGF Indian Masters starting from tomorrow.

''This is a good golf course. It's been lucky for me on the last few years. So coming back here, it does bring back a little high and you know when you play on a golf course and you know you can perform, it's good to be back and get your confidence up.

He was of the view that Indian challange will be very strong in the Masters ''I think if somebody goes out and wins this tournament, it would be the greatest achievement for Indian golf having won a European Tour event in India.'' So this tournament, coming into Delhi Golf Club (DGC), and beating the best field, it's going to be great for Indian golf, sure.

''I think the Indian field is very strong. This golf course, it's one golf course that requires local knowledge, especially on the greens. That's a very good chance of an Indian doing well and probably winning the tournament. But this is a European Tour event and the world-class players are here.'' How has his preparation has been for this event, he was asked ''Well, I had a good two months' break in he winter and then I went to the Far East and played three tournaments there. So coming into the week, you feel good about playing in India.'' About his own chances, he said ''Well, I think my chances are pretty fair. Golf is nobody's game; it's sometimes here, sometimes there. If I can just go back and play my game and bring the best that I can, so I'm quite sure I'll be right up there.'' He, however, was frank enough to say that he was not happy with the course right now ''Frankly I'm not very impressed with the way the course is right now. I guess the severe winter has hit most of the grass in the greens and the rough. I have never seen DGC look this yellow. It's always green; it's always lush; it's always very picturesque. But unfortunately we've been very unlucky with the weather, and the thing that's most damaging are the greens. I wish this tournament was a month later.

He, however, admitted that he was excited to be back playing in front of the home crowd. ''Yeah, any time you play at DGC, and any time you play in Delhi, it's very special. People come out and cheer you, and you know, it's good that people follow you and it's great for Indian golf and it's great for me.'' He was happy that Ernie is playing here ''Ernie Els winning majors, it's great to have him here. You know he's a great ambassador of golf. Ernie and Tiger have really lifted this game up in the world.

''So any one of those guys coming here and playing golf in the country, it says so much more what golf is doing in this country and how golf is developing in the country,'' he added.


Story first published: Wednesday, February 6, 2008, 20:35 [IST]
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