Ace Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh was on Monday advised three weeks rest to recover from his back injury, forced him out of this week's Hero Honda Indian Open.
Jeev has been advised three weeks of complete rest following a series of tests and MRI scans on his problematic lower back on Monday.
The Chandigarh golfer, who had to withdraw halfway through the Casio World Open on the Japan Golf Tour last week, said he was lucky the injury did not turn out to be as serious as he initially thought it would be.
"I was actually feared the worst. There is a muscle tear around the L4 and L5, and there is a slight bulge in one of the discs which was pinching against a nerve and causing the intense pain," said Jeev.
"The doctor has asked me to take complete rest for three weeks with intensive physiotherapy sessions. Hopefully, the disc will move back in place soon and there should not be any long-term damages. If all goes well over the next few days, I will be able to resume practicing in the New Year," he said.
Jeev said he was disappointed at missing the Indian Open as he was looking to playing in India after a long time.
"Unfortunately, the injury means I will have to pull out of the Hero Honda Indian Open. It's a huge disappointment for me because I was looking forward to playing in India after a long gap, and also because I greatly admire what Hero Honda has done for Indian golf, as well as for me personally," said Jeev who has dropped to world number 157 in the injury-plagued season.
"I wish the tournament all the best, and hope that the best man will win on Sunday."