Jeev will cut down on tournaments next year

Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010, 18:22 PM IST

New Delhi: Tired of injury breakdowns, ace
Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh today said he would cut down a
month from his usually busy calendar and play around 30 events
next season.

Laid low by a shoulder injury in the first half of the
year, Jeev had to withdraw halfway through the Casio World
Open on the Japan Golf Tour in November after sustaining a
back injury.

Hampered by pain which he said was the worst he had ever
experienced in his career, Jeev missed the Indian Open in the
first week of this month after being advised three weeks of
complete bed rest by the doctors.

Jeev, who will turn 39 on Wednesday, said he has learnt
his lesson, albeit the hard way, and has to play less
tournaments next year.

"I know at this age I can`t take the same risk I used to
take five years back. I have learnt it the hard way. I would
be cutting down on my tournaments next year. The priority
would be to stay fit and get a personal trainer who can tour
with me," Jeev said.

"I generally play 36 tournaments but next year I would
play around 30. So I will cut down around a month from my
usual schedule," he added.

Out of action from the golf course, Jeev, who was in the
capital to launch the 200,000 euro Gujarat Kensville Challenge
2011 in Ahmedabad, said he is hopeful of turning up for Asia
in next month`s Royal Trophy against Europe at the Black
Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin, Thailand.

"I am better now. At least I can sit for 20-30 minutes
comfortably. This morning I had an acupuncture session, I am
also showing a doctor, a physio and also doing yoga. In short,
I am doing everything to get ready by January 4. So there is a
good chance that I will play in the Royal Trophy," Jeev said.

"On December 24, I will swing my club for the first time
after November 26 and depending on what happens and how I feel
and the doctor`s advise I will take a call. I have to see if
my back can take the pressure of the whiplash that would be
generated. So I will let everyone know on December 26 if I am
ready to play or not.”

"My doctor is not happy with me because I am travelling.
They want me to take complete bed rest. Right now I am based
in Chandigarh. On December 17 I will shift base to Gurgaon and
stay there for next 10-15 days with my family," he added.

Asked about the challenges next year, Jeev said he would
be eyeing the European Tour.

"I would be targetting the European tour and also play a
few in the Japan tour. I have a medical exemption in the PGA
Tour. I will play on the Asian Tour as well, the co-sanctioned
ones," he said.

PTI