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The Korean played like a champion

india Updated: Dec 05, 2010 00:34 IST

Fortunes can change in a matter of few holes on a golf course. One or two bad shots can not only set you back by a few strokes, but also spoil the rest of the round. You can either lose your nerve or stay calm and start out afresh.

On the third day of the Indian Open, Baek Seuk-Hyun seemed to simply shrug aside two back-to-back bad holes and then surge away from the field with four birdies over the last five holes.

He experienced a major high with an eagle-2 on the 11th when he holed his shot from the fairway but then he hit a bogey and a double bogey on the 12th and 13th.

I loved the way he handled himself in that adverse situation. A different player may have let things drift. But he quickly collected his thoughts and then displayed amazing confidence over the finish. All of 20, I am sure he would have felt nervous, but he didn't let that show. He was enjoying himself. His short game is so typical of the way Thais score around the greens. Living and playing in Thailand has done wonders for this young Korean lad. And, the mental strength he showed marks him out as a champion in my book.

Equally impressive was the way Manav Jaini handled himself. To be on the leaderboard for the first time in a big event can make your knees shake. He did drop a few shots but also picked more birdies and returned an under par card that keeps him in the hunt.