After playing six back-to-back tournaments, 41-year-old Jeev Milkha Singh is on a two-week long break from the sport in his hometown Chandigarh. The golfer will be seen in action next during the Macau Open starting from October 17. Owing to an index finger injury, the last one year has seen Jeev Milkha Singhís world ranking drop from 84 to 212. With only one top-10 finish this year, Jeev is hopeful of regaining momentum in the later part of the season. While speaking with Sportline, Jeev talks about his plans to play on the Japan PGA Tour, chances of playing in the Indian Open and his struggle with the injuries.
You are back in India after playing for consecutive six weeks abroad. You had only one top-10 finish this year and how do you look at things for the remaining season?
It was a hectic six-week plan for me but then I had planned to play in Europe. Even though I missed making the cut in some tournaments, I think the time spent in Europe helped me a lot. The injury to my index finger has not healed fully but I chose to play with the injury. I also played with a minor cyst in my shoulder. I know I have not played well and it has been tough. My game is good but my results are not good. I need to have good results to get my confidence back.
You will be playing in the Macau Open starting from October 17. What are your plans for the rest of the season?
I am a firm believer that if one is not playing well, one should take a break and concentrate on the mental aspect of the sport. Thatís why I took this two-week break. Or I would have been playing in Portugal and Australia. I plan to play in Macau Open before I play in the Bridgestone Open and ABC Championship on the Japan tour. If I get top-5 finishes in these tournaments on the Japan tour, I will be playing in the Indian Open or I will be playing four more tournaments in Japan. I need to be in top 70 golfers to maintain my card for Japan Tour next year.
You will be 42 this December. How has your game changed over the years and what are the things that you need to do to win tournaments at