Jeev aiming to get back his lost sheen

New Delhi: Star Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, who had a very bad outing last season which saw his ranking drop down to 187, is aiming to get back his lost sheen and improving his ranking would be on top in his priority list.

“This is a brand new year for me. Last year it was a slow year for me and my aim would be to change in my thinking mentally. I would want to repeat my 2008 performance and move back into top 100 and eventually into top 50,” said Jeev Milkha.

Jeev, who used to play around 40-45 weeks a year, is also contemplating to cut down on that and wants to stay fit. “I would like to stay fit and I am really working hard for that. I have hired a personal trainer and taking regular exercises,” said the star golfer.

“Injuries are part and parcel of the game and one has to take care of the injuries properly. Because according to me I feel if one is physically fit only then would he would be physically fit,” added Jeev.

Jeev, who had been playing for more than a decade and a half and has played at the highest level of professional golf the PGA tour, however, wants to focus only on the European tour and co-sanctioned tours in Asia. He would start off this year with the Abu Dhabi Open in January last week followed by Qatar Open, Dubai Open and then come back to India to play the Avantha Masters.

Jeev, who had been India’s best golfer for more than a decade now and was interacting with the media during the announcement of the Gujarat Kensville Challenge, also feels that the current Indian golfers has grown leaps and bounds and thinks that they can compete with any player around the world. “The current field of Indian domestic golf is very good and they look very confident. They can play anywhere and have the capabilities to beat any player,” said Jeev.

Jeev is also optimistic about India’s prospect at the 2016 Olympics where golf would be included for the first time. “We have an excellent chance. First we need to qualify and there are formalities. Even I would like to play, but that depends on whether I qualify or not. Olympics is a very straightforward format and a matter of a week. So if a player clicks that week, then he can surely run away with it,” said the 40-year-old golfer.