After a nightmarish 2008,Jyoti Randhawa has been off to a good start this season,and despite missing out on the title by a whisker at the Maybank Malaysian Open on Sunday,the 36-year-old is happy to take the positives out of it.
It was a very close finish. Somewhere I knew it was my chance to begin the new season on high,but full marks to Anthony Kang,who won a title after eight years, says Randhawa for whom it was second near-miss at the same event,having lost out again by a stroke to Thailands Thongchai Jaidee in 2005.
I had to shoot around eight-under to win but I came close. I needed to make birdies coming in but I am happy with the performance, adds Randhawa,whose Sundays performance saw him leapfrogging 32 places to 121 in the latest world rankings. Its still long way off from March 2008 when he was perched at 72,before the slide began. The Gurgaon golfer,however,is hoping break back into the top 100 soon.
I hope this is a positive sign. I am taking everything step by step and I hope to make the top 100 again and then the top 50. But for that,I have to play well on the European,Asian and Japan Tour. The last time I won in Japan was in 2003,and it has been a long time. The Indian Open titles have been coming my way but I need to start winning abroad too, says the pro who hasnt won an event overseas since his 2004 Volvo Masters of Asia win in Malaysia.
Last year slump also coincided with a change of swing,something Randhawa he believes is beginning to pay off. The change in swing has done me a world of good and Im seeing the results this season. Ill be playing in the Indonesian Open next week before the Thailand Open and I hope to continue the good form on the Asian Tour this year, says Randhawa.
Jeev eyes 2010 PGA Tour card
New Delhi: Jeev Milkha Singh is preparing for next weeks Northern Trust Open and plans to seal his full PGA Tour card for 2010. I will be playing six weeks in an eight-week period and be back after the Augusta Masters, he said. I have a start in all the Majors, the WGC events and the Invitationals. I hope to make a card and playing rights for the full PGA Tour in 2010, he said.