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First days set things up for me: Jeev

Jeev Milkha Singh has always liked playing on the European Tour,where he has three career wins.

Written by Nitin Sharma | Chandigarh | Published: November 19, 2009 1:02:18 am

Jeev Milkha Singh has always liked playing on the European Tour,where he has three career wins. In the inaugural Dubai World Championship,which marks the end of European season and sees the participation of the top 60 golfers on the tour starting on Thursday,Jeev will hope to repeat his WGC fourth-place performance.

Jeev had finished fourth at the WGC event in Doral,Florida earlier this year,a tournament which saw him grabbing the lead on the opening day among the world’s elite.

“It is always great to start with taking the lead. The WGC gave me enough confidence to perform well among the world’s top-ranked golfers and I am hoping to do well on the first day of the Dubai World Championship too. Opening days often set things up for me,” said Jeev,speaking to The Indian Express over the phone from Dubai.

The 38-year-old finished in tied 36th place in last week’s Hong Kong Open and has not won a title this year. Jeev missed the British Open due to a rib injury and with the season almost over,the golfer believes that having played fewer tournaments will help his game in the long run.

“The break that I was forced to take has meant that I am feeling absolutely fit now. It’s a bit disappointing that it comes when the season is almost over but I am happy that there are no niggles. Having qualified for the US PGA tour,I will be able to pre-plan my schedule for 2010,” said Jeev.

Jeev changed mind: McIlroy

Dubai: Rory McIlroy has said a conversation with Jeev Milkha Singh swayed his decision to join the US PGA Tour next season,despite advice from Ernie Els,Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke to stay in Europe for another year. “Before I made up my mind over America,I went around looking for different opinions and a little bit of advice. I went to Clarkey (Darren Clarke) Westy (Lee Westwood),Chubby (his manager Andrew Chandler),Ernie (Els) and said: ‘Look,I’m thinking about it (joining the PGA Tour),what do you think?’

“They said: ‘There’s no rush. Why don’t you try and win a bit more over here (on the European Tour) before going over there?’”

However,a conversation with Jeev,who competes on both sides of the Atlantic,tipped the balance. “I had lunch with Jeev during the World Matchplay Championship. He said: ‘If you want to why not? You’re young. It’s great.’” (With agency inputs)

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