I would like to begin by congratulating Ashok Kumar on a fantastic win at the DLF Masters. It is great to see youngsters like Ashok, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri performing consistently, week in week out. The DLF Masters, a Rs 1-crore event, is ten fold more than what we played for when in our twenties. The younger brigade today is really fortunate as golf is indeed a lucrative career option and one has to commend the PGTI for this.
Things took off well for me at the DLF Masters, with a five-under 67 handing me the opening round lead. On Day Two, after a 71 saw me slip to fourth place, I still felt there was a strong chance as I have made a charge from situations such as this and gone on to win numerous times before. However the 73 on Day Three was a downer.
Meanwhile, full credit to Ashok and Bhullar. Both of them play an attacking brand of golf, which does two things; one, it keeps the competition on their toes. The other, it keeps the excitement level going in every tournament, which is fantastic for the sport. I believe, though Ashok had an eight-stroke lead, the final round would have been an exciting affair had the rain not played spoilsport.
From a personal point of view, my game is very much in place. A little bit of patience and the wins will come. Life at the top level of every sport is all about change and adaptation. There are so many variables, external and internal. I discovered somewhere in the middle of the 2009 season that my career was in a transitional phase where certain aspects were screaming for attention. To begin with I was playing way too many tournaments, thereby giving my mind and body very little rest.
The 2009 season itself was not too bad. I finished fifth, with a win at the Singha Thailand Open thrown in for good measure on the Asian Tour and tied-second at the prestigious Maybank Malaysian Open on the European Tour.
However, at the start of year 2010, I took a conscious decision to play fewer events and work on my game instead. Also, at the end of 2008, I was introduced to skydiving by my brother-in-law Digvijay. The sport has since become as much of a passion as golf.
The things we hold on to in life and the things that latch on to us, all fall apart that very instant and there is nothing but pure solitude. What skydiving taught me was to let go of my fears. This has undoubtedly made me an even more positive golfer. I have now nearly 50 jumps under my belt with plenty more to come. On the golfing front, Arjun Atwal’s win on the PGA Tour has motivated the rest of us. With this win an Indian has won on every mega Tour in the world. One feat remains to be achieved. I hope I can be the first Indian to win a Major. Nimbus Sports