Jeev refuses to cut back tournaments despite injury woes

New Delhi: Injuries have wrecked his season but Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, who had to pull out of this week`s Indian Open due to a back problem, today said he would not cut down on the number of tournaments he plays.

Jeev, who had also nursed a shoulder injury earlier this year, had to pull out of an event, which he considers `the fifth major` after picking up the back injury last week during a tournament in Japan.

"I injured myself in May (but) came back early. Then had a shoulder injury, again came back early. I have been on painkillers and I have never felt this kind of pain in life before," Jeev told reporters at the Delhi Golf Club here.

"I am very disappointed to miss the Indian Open. I consider it the fifth Major. I was playing well also," said the golfer who was visibly ill at ease while addressing the media.

But the Chandigarh-pro said refused to shorten his schedule to reduce the load on his body.

"I can`t cut back on tournaments. I think it`s a tough call. The season has ended now and I have got five weeks now. I just have to work on my posture. Every physio in this world has told me that my posture is not good. If I need to last 10 years, I have to get my posture right," he said.

"I am a firm believer in yoga. I do practice it and I am looking at a few more postures to add to it," he added.

Next year, Jeev plans to focus more on the European Tour.

”I have a medical exemption in the PGA Tour. I would focus more on the European Tour and Japan. I will play on the Asian Tour as well, the co-sanctioned ones.

"Looking at the overall picture, I want to get back to the top-50 which would automatically get me starts on the PGA Tour," said the golfer, who is currently out of even top-100.