Jeev starts PGA Tour campaign Thursday

February 18th, 2009 - 6:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Pacific Palisades (Los Angeles), Feb 18 (IANS) Top Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh will begin his US PGA campaign with the $6.3 million Northern Trust Open here Thursday.
The world No.34 will be playing six tournaments, including two World Golf Championship events - the World Matchplay and WGC-CA Championships - and the Augusta Masters, during a period of eight weeks on the US PGA Tour.

The other events will be Northern Trust Open, Arnold Palmer invitational and the Shell Houston Open. In all he is targeting to play 12 events in the US this season.

“I have a start in all the Majors and the WGC events and the Invitationals and I will get some other invites. Hopefully in these I shall be able to have good enough finishes to make my card and playing rights for the full PGA Tour in 2010,” said a relaxed Jeev.

“Playing and doing well on the world’s biggest and toughest Tour and achieving good results at the Majors is the goal of every professional. I am going all out to try and do that this year,” he added.

As per plans, Jeev wants to cut down on the number of events this year and has played just three-tournaments in the Middle East until now.

“Cutting down events and focusing on US for the first few months has been my plan for 2009. I want to play 33 weeks or so and play well to get my ranking further up. I have enjoyed the Majors and I want to do well in them this season,” he said.

“I had another break after Middle East and I worked on my fitness and also focused on yoga,” added Jeev.

He was happy with the performance in the Middle East and said: “I had a mixed start in the Middle East. I had two top-20 finishes in Qatar and Dubai. But the good thing I hit the ball well and got to the greens in regulation often enough to give myself birdie chances. But I did not hole many of those putts. I am not going to get worried as this is just the start.”

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