Gurgaon: C Muniyappa`s last visit to the DLF
Golf and Country Club catapulted him from obscurity to
prominence and the reticent caddie-turned-pro returns to the
same course on Thursday, hoping to make his mark in the Avantha
Masters and live upto the expectation of his fans.
The Bangalore pro was just another ambitious golfer who
entered the Indian Open field four months ago, only to pull
off a huge surprise and walk away with the title.
As he gears up to chase another upset win, Muniyappa said
it would all boil down to how he copes with his new-found fame
and the expectations of home fans in the tri-sanctioned event.
"Because of my win here last year, I gained quite a bit
of publicity. I`ve more fans supporting me now and I hope not
to let them down," said Muniyappa.
"Expectations will be higher this time but that`ll only
make me work harder. There`s a lot of pressure playing in
front of your fans and mentally I`ve to be strong. If I can do
that, I should be able to do well this week," said Muniyappa.
Muniyappa, who grew up working as a caddie, earned a
winner`s purse of close to USD 200,000 at the Indian Open and
is waiting for the real estate prices to come down before
purchasing a flat. He is enjoying the limelight but Muniyappa
said he wants to remain a down-to-earth person.
"I get more recognition now but I guess that`s also
because everyone supports me as I come from a humble
background. I don`t want to be treated like a big star. No
matter whether I win or not, I still want to remain humble,"