The only thing right about predictions is that they go wrong more often than not and mine was no exception to the rule. At the end of the SAIL Open, there were six Indians in the top-seven except the winner. Richard Karlberg kept the fight for the trophy tilted in his favour right from the start of Round Four and never let up.
He did have his moments of luck like the one on the 12th when the ball hit the trees and dropped into the bunker.
The trophy was once again taken away from the Indian pros but we hope there will be another chance for them next year.
The Delhi Golf Club proved to be a good setting and maybe the event has found a home.
It was encouraging to see a crowd turn up to watch some scintillating golf, especially the record-breaking score by the Swede.
Fans came out in numbers to support their favourites — Gaurav Ghei and Shiv Kapur. They were not disappointed as both Shiv and Gaurav provided them with enough hope and drama — Gaurav on the first two days and Shiv on the final two.
In the end, golf was the winner. India hosted yet another world-class event and it was a creditable performance by its athletes.
I feel that sportsmen in India perform despite the system and not because of it. There is no dearth of talent and if they get support, they can become world-beaters. Golf is one sport that proves my point. The system at the grassroots is strong and support from the corporate world will go a long way in promoting players and helping them succeed.
Being an optimist, I am sure that India is changing and along with becoming an economic superpower, we shall become one in sport too.