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Digvijay & Ghei have task cut out

For one whose professional career spans over a decade, Digvijay Singh is well equipped to respond when the chips are down, reports Robin Bose.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2009 22:52 IST
Robin Bose

For one whose professional career spans over a decade, Digvijay Singh is well equipped to respond when the chips are down. Armed with Jack Nicklaus's words: 'Focus on remedies, not faults', the 37-year-old landed at the DLF Golf & Country Club on Monday and made his way to the practice putting greens, making light of the gasps that his heavily protected right wrist evoked.

Taking off the plastic cast, Digvijay gingerly checked out the affected area before proceeding to knock balls. “I picked it (the injury) up in Japan (during the Asia Pacific Panasonic Open) and the MRI has revealed a ligament tear,” said Digvijay.

Taking it one day at a time, he has asked the organisers for an afternoon slot in the pro-am of the Hero Honda Indian Open on Wednesday. “It'll give me that much time to recover. I finished the dose of painkillers today and the level of pain day after will determine my participation. The other option is to skip the pro-am and play the tournament,” he said.

Digvijay isn't the only one involved in a race against time. The form not up there, Gaurav Ghei does not fancy his chances, but the pro is firm on enjoying himself during the October 8-11 event. “It's okay to be not in contention but the joy of playing should be there,” he said.

Towards this, Ghei has been working on his putting and the outcome has been promising. “Who knows, things could change in a heartbeat,” he smiled.

The year's been a difficult one for the 41-year-old. Ghei was coping with his father's demise when he suffered tendonitis in his right wrist and later on injured a knee while working out on the treadmill.

If a joint fifth finish at the Asian Tour's Selangor Masters in Malaysia (early August) held out hope, change of clubs negated the advantage. “As per the new rules, pros will be expected to play with clubs that have V-grooves instead of the square ones. That's kind of set me back,” he said.

Irrespective of the outcome here, Ghei will be flying to Dubai next week for several sittings with coach Claude Harmon. “Normally, I see him two-three times in a year, but its been just once this year, so a visit is due.”

Ghei, who finished T46 in the DLF Masters here two weeks ago, felt the course hadn't changed much. “I played nine holes with Arjun (Singh) and the only change I noticed was the greens are much firmer and we are back to playing the original tees,” he said.

Having said that, Ghei returned to his sagging form and chose to look at the “brighter side”. “I've played the game long enough to know that going in with no expectations can be a good thing at times. It allows you to enjoy yourself.”