Golfer Jeev looks forward to playing in Delhi


New Delhi : Golfer Jeev Milkha Singh is looking forward to playing in India again and maybe win the Hero Honda Indian Open, which he came close to winning in 1998.

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“Frankly, I have always wanted to do well at the Delhi Golf Club, but have never really managed to win,” he said ahead of the event that begins here next week.

“I came pretty close in 1998, when I was second at the Hero Honda Masters, so maybe with the same sponsor for Indian Open, I can do better,” he said in a statement here.

Jeev is looking forward to playing in India.

“Who does not love playing at home? It has just been that my schedules have been such that I have been playing other events when Asian Tour events happened in India,” he said.

“I am hoping to play more events in India in the future. The Hero Honda Indian Open works out perfectly for my schedule.”

This year Jeev has not played in Asia since the Clariden Leu Singapore Masters in February.

“I have been concentrating on Europe and US Tours. But when I got a chance to figure on Asian Tour and play in India, I jumped at the chance,” he said.

At present, Jeev is playing the star-studded event at Dunhill Links, where it is not just the golfers, but also Hollywood celebrities like Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta, both keen golfers, who turn up at the first tee.

“It is a great tournament and I love playing at the Old Course at St. Andrews,” he said.

Jeev, who won four times in 2006 and finished on top of the UBS Asian Tour Order of Merit last year while rising to No. 37 in the world, has this season been playing mostly on the European and US Tours Tour besides making an appearance in all four Majors.

“The Majors were a great experience and in particular I was proud of the way I played at the Masters and the US Open,” he said.