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Smart play pays rich dividends

It feels strange to watch an Asian Tour event from the sidelines. Especially since I would love to win a big event like the Indian Open.

india Updated: Dec 03, 2010 23:18 IST

It feels strange to watch an Asian Tour event from the sidelines. Especially since I would love to win a big event like the Indian Open. Having said that, it also affords me a rare chance to sit back and see what Indian and Asian golf has to offer.

On Friday, the DGC extracted a heavy price from those who strayed at first and then tried to force the pace later. When you make a mistake at DGC, just swallow the bitter pill and move on. Many a time, even experienced players try to make up soon after a bogey and pay an even greater price.

I must say the young Indian pros look good. Manav Jaini is right up there in contention at five-under. Today Jaini, who has learnt most of his game at this course, impressed me most. The general rule at the DGC is to keep the driver in the bag, but Manav was fearless. I saw him use that driver more than a few times and he was always straight. He is not very long off the tee, but it is his accuracy that marks him out. I remember him telling me in Singapore that he has had a good season but without success. My advise to him was to stay in contention each week.