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Depth of challenge a good sign for Indian golf

india Updated: Dec 01, 2010 22:49 IST
Jeev Milkha Singh

There is nothing more disappointing for a golfer than to sit out and watch a tournament that one has always been very keen to win.

That is my situation right now with the Hero Honda Indian Open. I would have loved to tee up at the Delhi Golf Club, where I have always wanted to win a big event, but somehow never really have.

But then I suppose this is nature's way of telling me to take a break and rest before the 2011 season, which I begin in five weeks time in the Middle East. The injury has been very disappointing. I had to pull out of the Casio World Open in Japan and now the Indian Open.

But I had to take this hard decision, not only because I can barely swing the club but also to ensure that I recover in good time. Coming to this year's edition, it has got great depth and the good thing is the Indian challenge is very strong. Anybody, right from Arjun Atwal, Jyoti Randhawa, who surely loves this tournament and course, Shiv Kapur and C Muniyappa can win. Add to that our domestic players like Ashok Kumar, Mukesh Kumar, Vijay Kumar who are always a handful. The international challenge is as strong with my friend, Paul McGinley, leading the field. I am sure he would love to add the Indian Open to his kitty of medals from the Ryder Cup. Thaworn Wiratchant, who has 12 Asian Tour titles, Rikard Karlberg, who won an Asian Tour event at this course earlier this year, Prayad Marksaeng, Anthony Kang and Peter Karmis among others can pull it off any week.

I believe the course is playing very well and the weather has been very kind. The greens are looking in great shape, though I did not go into the course, but just saw the closing greens. The DGC is always a fine place for golf. It has the right atmosphere and ambience and I expect golf followers to turn up in big numbers over the weekend.