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British Open will be a great test of golf: Jeev

Preparing for his fifth Major appearance, the Asian Tour No 1 says he is looking forward to the challenge of the tough links layout at Carnoustie.
PTI | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2007 03:06 PM IST

Preparing for his debut at the British Open next week, ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh says he was looking forward to the challenge of the tough links layout at Carnoustie.

Jeev said he tried to motivate himself to make fewer mistakes in adverse situations.

"I love playing tough courses, it's a challenge for me. I have more patience when I am playing a tough course. I will tell myself I will make mistakes just like everybody else, so it's just a matter of making fewer," he said.

The Asian Tour No 1, who finished 37th on his US Masters debut in April and improved by a notch at the US Open last month, will make his fifth Major appearance at Carnoustie in Scotland.

"The US Open was some experience. It was the toughest Major I have ever played in my life. It was a true test of patience. I just hung in there and the greens were so tough, even tougher than Augusta National," he said.

After a relatively quiet start to the year, Jeev, who bagged four titles last year and topped the Asian Tour Order of Merit, feels he is finally hitting his stride, with three top-20s recently boosting his confidence ahead of the year's third Major.

He said those performances were just the tonic needed ahead of Carnoustie, which last hosted the British Open in 1999 and saw Paul Lawrie of Scotland winning in a play-off after finishing 72 holes in six-over-par 290.

"I am feeling good. I have just had to deal with a few minor injuries. I am looking forward to the Open, I have never played in that before so I am excited. I have played at Carnoustie at the Dunhill Links previously and I enjoyed the course.

"The rough was not up then but for the Open, it will certainly be up. It will be a great test of golf," he said.

The 35-year-old is not too worried about the side effects of playing 40 weeks a year.

"I have a busy run until the USPGA Championship next month which means nine weeks in a row for me.

"You do get injured but these are all big tournaments now ... I haven't thought about taking a rest!

"The good thing is that I feel I am playing well again. The injuries have kept me from practising harder and while expectations have been higher after last year's success, I am going out there with the intention to just play golf," he said.

Jeev said he did not put himself under any unwanted pressure on the golf course.

"I have got the experience and it will be just a matter of going out there and enjoying every moment and see what comes my way," said Singh.

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