Jeev Milkha Singh will have a prayer on his lips when he tees at the Finca Cortesin Golf Club in Casares, Spain, on Thursday.
The world No 54 has decided to go against medical advice and compete in the elite Volvo World Match Play Championship.
Wearing footwear of incorrect specifications led to ligament inflammation in the right ankle and Jeev battled intense pain to complete proceedings in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open earlier this month.
As a result, he had to give the Frys.com Open, the ensuing event on the PGA Tour, a miss.
"I've been asked to abstain for at least three weeks, but given the events lined up, there's no way I can sit out," Jeev told HT.
Regular icing of the ankle has helped and ultrasound tests have monitored the progress. "Pain killers are a strict no-no as we wouldn't have known the extent of damage," he said.
Jeev has skipped the Barclays Singapore Open, where he is the defending champion, as the dates clash with the euro 3,250,000 tournament. "The Volvo Match Play involves a field of top-16 and it's probably the first time that an Indian will feature here," Jeev said about the European Tour event.
After Spain, Jeev will return to Asia for the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and the UBS Hong Kong Open next month. Both events are co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours and boast of lucrative prize purses.