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Injury-struck Jeev to compete less for better results

other Updated: Sep 10, 2011 12:57 IST

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It's quality over quantity for Jeev Milkha Singh and the injury-hit Indian golfer, who recently surrendered his playing rights on the PGA Tour, will compete in fewer tournaments to ensure that he comes up with his best to end a title drought stretching over two years now.

Jeev, who has won six times on the Asian Tour and has seven other international victories in Europe and Japan, struggled with injuries last year but has battled back to form in recent months.

He was tied sixth in the Nordea Masters in July and finished tied 35th at the Omega European Masters last week.

"I'm pretty happy with my game. I've worked hard on it and I don't have any more injuries. I'm working on the right stuff and that's the main goal for me – to stay fit," said Jeev.

"I can't hold on to so many cards. That's too much travelling and with the injuries I've had, I need to take care of my fitness. It will be less tournaments but more hard work and quality golf," he added.

Jeev is set to light up the Macau Open presented by Cityneon next week in his first appearance at the event since 1999.

The Indian star will be part of an elite cast of players to assemble at the $750,000 showpiece which includes five of the top-10 players on the Asian Tour Order of Merit at the stunning Macau Golf and Country Club.

Current Order of Merit leader SSP Chowrasia, an in-form Siddikur of Bangladesh, South Africa's Jbe Kruger and Rikard Karlberg of Sweden, who won two titles last season, are among those expect to contend in the Macau Open which returns onto the Asian Tour Schedule after a one-year lapse.

Jeev, Asia's number one in 2006 and 2008, last played in the Macau Open some 12 years ago where he finished in tied 15th place and he is hoping to cap a successful outing in his return to Asia.

"I have not played in Macau in years. I can't even remember the last time I played there. But I love playing on the Asian Tour. That's where I started from and I don't want to forget where I got my career started," said Jeev, who is currently 14th on the Asian Tour's Order of Merit.

After competing in four consecutive weeks in Europe, Jeev is looking forward to catching up with his fellow competitors on the Asian Tour and also reuniting with his family, who will travel to Macau as part of his fan club.

"I always like to keep my membership on the Asian Tour and I look forward to playing in as many events as I can. My family is coming to Macau with me. I'll be looking forward to that as it will be about four weeks since I last saw them," he said.