Randhawa hopes to cruise to glory at SAIL Open golf 2009March 17th, 2009 - 7:34 pm ICT by IANS
Gurgaon, March 17 (IANS) Buoyed by the title in Thailand earlier this month, Jyoti Randhawa will be hoping to carry on the form which has made him one of the most feared golfers on home turf in India, when he tees off at the second SAIL Open at the Classic Golf Resort Wednesday.
The Asian Tour resumes this week from March 18-21 for SAIL Open after a one-week break.
“I know I have a good record at home, but having said that the field is still strong,” said Randhawa, who added that a relaxed approach has helped his game.
“I was relaxed in Thailand and I won. Next week I am off to San Francisco for sky diving before going to Europe for the European Tour. This week I’ll be riding on my motorbike to the course every day,” said Randhawa of his new approach on the eve of the $30,0000 SAIL Open, the sixth leg of the Asian Tour.
“Basically, we golfers spend so much time on the course, so I feel some activities like these (trap shooting, scuba diving, sky diving, desert safaris etc) help me to relax.”
“The course is very near to my home. That’s where I won my first Indian Open title. I have a lot of good memories of the golf course which is a great track.
“Length of the tees will be beneficial as there are a lot of long par fours and par fives. If you are long enough, you can do some damage. I remember I putted really well in 2000 when I won there. I was hitting the ball long, so it was fun.”
Randhawa has an awesome record at home with five Asian Tour wins in India - three Hero Indian Open crowns and two Hero Honda Masters titles - since his breakthrough win in 1998. Randhawa has also won last four times he has teed off in India on the domestic tour.
Randhawa was second at the inaugural SAIL open last year. A win here could propel him closer to top-50 in the world, as he is currently 96th.
Randhawa was also very appreciative of SAIL, who have come back as sponsors. “Hats off to SAIL. I think we golfers should appreciate the role of sponsors and media, in promoting this sport in India,” he said.
While Randhawa will be one of the strong favourites, he will have to contend with other Indians, all of whom have begun to look strong on the Asian Tour.
S.S.P. Chowrasia also seems to have found his touch with a fourth place in Thailand Open. He will be hoping to make up for the loss of form following his maiden win on Asian and European Tour.
“I have changed my putter and my game is coming together,” said Chowrasia.
Also looking for good results and a possible win will be Gaurav Ghei, Shiv Kapur and Digvijay Singh while young gun, Gaganjeet Bhullar, is also confident after a win on domestic Tour this week. Rahil Gangjee, seeking to find his way back to the Asian Tour, where he lost his card last season, will also be hoping to strike.
Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant will be amongst the Asian Tour’s elite hoping to equal fellow compatriot’s Thongchai Jaidee’s record of a 11th career victory on the Asian Tour.
The 2005 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion’s start to the season has been frustrating so far, having missed the cuts in three of the four events that he has played so far.
The SAIL Open forms the sixth leg of this season’s Asian Tour Schedule and is the first of the two Asian Tour events in India this year.
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