Johl returns to Asian Tour after four months


New Delhi : Amandeep Johl, who injured his right wrist in a freak fall at home, hopes to be fit in time for the Hero Honda Indian Open next week, but before that he will first test himself out at the Kolon Hana Korea Open on the Asian Tour this week.

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Johl last played in the Bangkok Airways Open in the first week of June and has since missed the first four events in the second half of the season.

“I was helping out at home putting some things when I fell down and broke my thumb and hurt the wrist,” said the Chandigarh pro who has not had a good season in 2007. “It’s been a tough year even otherwise.”

Johl has missed the cut in 10 of 14 starts this year. His best finish was tied 11th at the Maybank Malaysian Open in February.

“But since then my form and rhythm had been missing and then came this injury,” said Johl, who has just started playing after the injury.

“I have played a couple of rounds at the Delhi Golf Club and hope to be fit by the time Hero Honda Indian Open comes around,” he added.

“The DGC is looking terrific and some of the tees have been pushed back to make the course longer,” he said. “Playing here is always a pleasure and challenging.”

“It is the dream of any Indian golfer to win the Indian Open and I hope I will be in contention,” said Johl, who is currently ranked 80th on the UBS Asian Tour Order of Merit.

“I am hoping I can get back into the top-60 with some good finishes in the second half. Otherwise I will need a medical exemption to keep my card for next season,” explained Johl, who finished last year ranked 30th on the Merit list.