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At top level,it’s mental battle,says Jeev

Fresh from a win at the Scottish Open,India's top golfer Jeev Milkha Singh said competing with some of the best golfers in the world is more of a mental battle.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Chandigarh | Published: July 31, 2012 2:43:02 am

Fresh from a win at the Scottish Open,India’s top golfer Jeev Milkha Singh said competing with some of the best golfers in the world is more of a mental battle.

“At this level,it is all mental,it’s very important to put up a good score and just hang around. You put up a good score on the last day,you are in with a good chance,” 40-year-old Jeev,son of legendary athlete Milkha Singh,said here.

Talking about his Scottish Open win two weeks back,he said,”you got top players of the world,you wouldn’t expect them to come and give you a chance for the playoff. Conditions were tough,really tough,cold and windy. I knew it was a tough day. But then you got to keep your nerves and be mentally tough”.

Jeev had sparked a double celebration after beating Italian Francesco Molinari in a play-off to win the Scottish Open and earned a spot at the British Open at the Royal Lytham and St Annes.

The win was Jeev’s fourth in an European Tour event. His earlier wins were Volvo China in 2006,Volvo Masters of Europe in 2006 and the Austrian Open in 2008. Recalling his win,Jeev said the conditions were cold,almost freezing.

“I finished my round,had some chocolate tea. We were packing up,but waiting in the players’ lounge. I was watching on the TV. “He (rival) is 20-under,I am 17-under,but golfing gods were on my side. I suddenly realised that I needed to warm up,got into my golfing shoes,warmed up,played few shots and off for the playoff,” he said. At the British Open,Jeev said he felt he was tired and did not play his usual aggressive game.

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