Digvijay confident of retaining title

Last Updated: Mar 21, 2013, 11:05 AM IST

New Delhi: Defending champion Digvijay Singh believes age is not a barrier as he eyes another magical run at his title defence of the Panasonic Open India from April 4.

The dashing Indian ended a 12-year barren run when he claimed his maiden Asian Tour victory by producing a grandstand finish with a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole to pip Bangladesh`s Siddikur and compatriot, Gaganjeet Bhullar to the title by two shots.

Memories of his career breakthrough are still etched firmly in Singh`s mind and he is hoping he can revive them as he chases his second Asian Tour win at the Delhi Golf Club.

"I`m looking forward to playing the tournament again. Delhi Golf Club is one of my favourite venues and it`s a pleasure to play here. By the looks of it, the course will be in great shape come April," said Singh.

"It`ll be my first time defending a big tournament, so I`m taking positives from last year and we shall see what happens. I just hope to go out there and enjoy myself."

Singh insists age is not a factor when chasing for glory on the golf course.

"In this game, age is not a factor. Peter Senior won (the Australian Open) at 53, Tom Watson almost won (the British Open) at 59. Age is not a barrier, it`s how you conduct yourself over four rounds of golf," said the 41-year-old.

Singh will be among a strong Asian Tour line-up expected to challenge for top honours at the USD 300,000 full field event.