Shiv justifies Masters invitation to Jeev

April 9th, 2008 - 8:46 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) Top Indian golfer Shiv Kapur Wednesday lambasted Colin Montgomerie for questioning the invitation to Jeev Milkha Singh to play in the Augusta Masters in the US, starting Thursday. “It is case of sour grapes for Monty (Montgomeris). Jeev has been playing well and he deserves the invitation. Jeev has done a lot for Asian and Indian golf. Monty should shut his mouth and concentrate on his own game,” Shiv told reporters here.

Montgomerie last week lashed out at the organisers of the Masters for ignoring him and inviting Jeev, ranked below him.

The Asian trio of Jeev (world number 80), Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand (93) and Liang Wen-hong of China (111) have been invited for this year’s Masters.

Shiv hoped that Jeev would put up a good show at the Augusta. “Jeev is confident and I am sure that he will put up a good show. It is a good sign that the world is taking note of Indian golfers.”

On his own golf this season, Shiv said: “It has been a bit up and down till now. I am planning to play 21 events this year.”

He was not sure if 21 events are too much. He said he was yet to sort out how many events he should ideally play. “This is just my third year on the European Tour and I am yet to find a workable itinerary. My primary target this year would be to qualify for PGA Championships and the Volvo Masters.”

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