Randhawa aims for British Open ticket in Sentosa

March 24th, 2008 - 10:07 pm ICT by admin  

Sentosa, March 24 (IANS) Top Indian golfer Jyoti Randhawa launches a bid for a fourth British Open appearance this week with a firm belief that he can stamp his mark in the Majors. The Indian is amongst 63 players who will tee up Tuesday for the two-day International Final Qualifying - Asia at Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong course. Four tickets are available to The Open at Royal Birkdale, England in July.

Other Indian golfers, who will join the chase include Shiv Kapur, Digvijay Singh, Rahil Gangjee, Gurbaaz Mann and Amandeep Johl.

Randhawa, Asia’s No.1 in 2002, has put up some excellent performances over the past two months where he has accumulated four top-10s and one tied 11th finish. Such is his form that he has risen to a career-high 70th in the world and he feels the time has come for him to feature regularly in the four Majors.

“Obviously I would like to qualify for The Open. I’ve played at Sentosa before and hopefully it all comes together again so that I can qualify,” said the 35-year-old Indian, a seven-time winner on the Asian Tour.

He has played in The Open on three previous occasions, with a tied 27th at Royal Troon in 2004 being his best finish. Last season, Randhawa was first alternate at Carnoustie, but he did not see any action while hopes of a good run at the US PGA Championship, the year’s final Major, fell flat as he withdrew from the first round due to illness.

“I think as you get better as a player, you need to play more in the Majors,” said Randhawa.

“I think it’s about time I played in the Majors and performed well. It’s not just about going there to make up the numbers, it’s about making your mark there. I think my game is ready for that and if I can play well, it’ll be great,” he added.

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