sports-india-news

Jeev set for Panasonic Open India debut

New Delhi, March 28 : India's most successful golfer, Jeev Milkha Singh has signed up for his maiden appearance at the Panasonic Open India next week with the aim of finally winning his first Asian Tour title on home soil.


Singh, a two-time Asian Tour number one, confirmed his participation in the third edition of the USD 300,000 tournament at the Delhi Golf Club, a course where he has never won previously.

Long regarded as the flag bearer for the Indian golf, Singh has won six times on the Asian Tour and multiple times on the Japan and European Tours, including last year's Scottish Open. His two Order of Merit triumphs came in 2006 and 2008 on the Asian Tour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season in 2013.

"I've played in the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open in Japan previously and I've done well there, so I'm looking forward to my first time in India," said Singh.

"I'm going to play at the Delhi Golf Club after such a long time. I think I last played there some five years ago (at the Hero Indian Open where he finished fourth in 2008). I'm looking forward to that. In April, the course will be firm and hard and I'm looking forward to the challenge."

"It's very different golf course. I don't carry my driver on this course...just a three wood and three iron. It's an amazing course, a demanding course. You have to hit it well and mentally you have to be strong to win on that course."

Singh included the Panasonic Open India onto his early 2013 schedule to ensure he achieves the minimum number of tournaments required to keep his Asian Tour card for 2014.

"I've got to get my numbers up on the Asian Tour this year. I couldn't do it last year due to injuries. This is my last year of exemption on the Asian Tour (through his Order of Merit triumph). Although I have my career earnings ranking to count on, I want to get my numbers up and keep my full exemption going," said Singh, who was conferred an Asian Tour Honorary Membership in 2009.

Singh believes the staging of world-class tournaments such as the Panasonic Open India, which is one of four to be played on the Asian Tour annually, is the perfect platform for India's emerging talent to enhance their burgeoning reputations.

"Indian golf is the fastest growing sport in our country. A lot of new guys are taking up the game, big corporate wigs play the game and they love it. And they put in the money to help the game grow in this country," said Singh.

"There is a lot of talent coming out from the country. Anirban Lahiri, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Himmat Rai... they are world class. They can play anywhere in the world and they can do really well," said Singh.

The top-three players in the tournament will be extended invitations to the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation, which will be held in Osaka, Japan, in September.

The event will be beamed live throughout four days on the Asian Tour Media's global television platform which reaches over 200 countries and 650 million homes.

--IANS (Posted on 28-03-2013)

sports-india-news headlines

Golf: Bibek Sardar captures Golmuri Juniors Title

Pune FC go down 1-2 to East Bengal

India lose to Netherlands 1-2

Indian driver Chandhok and team qualify third

Armaan Ebrahim set for GT World Series

India draw with Ireland, win series 2-0

U-12 tennis: Double for Boopathy, Richa

TTFI hires North Korean coaches to train youngsters

Lahiri picks up valuable lessons at Malaysian Open

Arvind Bhat out of New Zealand Open

Holders Churchill Brothers looking to survive relegation

I-L: Pune FC looking for payback; host East Bengal

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014

Comments

Your e-mail:


Your Full Name:


Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box

Message:

Back to Top