Jeev Milkha Singh on Tuesday pulled out of the British Open golf tournament because of a lingering rib injury, leaving Gaganjeet Bhullar as the lone Indian in the fray.
"When I went out yesterday to play 18 holes, it was hurting. When I was taking deep breaths, it was also hurting
and when that happens, you know it's back," said a dejected Jeev.
"I'm only 60 per cent fit and I don't want to play a major championship in that condition. My game is good but I
just don't want to take any chances this week," said the Asia number one in 2006 and 2008.
"I don't want to play in a tournament for the sake of playing in it but I want to be competing and be in contention.
I want to be fit and I've always believed in that," he added.
In his absence, Bhullar will represent the country in the major which starts on Thursday, having qualified by virtue of his triumph in the Asian leg of the International Qualifying held in Sentosa in April.
Meanwhile, Jeev has been replaced by Australian John Senden in the tournament.
Jeev's pull out was more or less certain as the Indian had earlier vowed not to compete in a major tournament if he
is not fully fit.