x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Singh wise and hungry

Having battled with a lingering rib injury for the past two months, India's Jeev Milkha Singh has regained fitness and set his sights on the final major of the year and a possible Presidents Cup debut.

Singh aggravated an injury for the lure of playing in a major, a mistake that has made him wiser.
Singh aggravated an injury for the lure of playing in a major, a mistake that has made him wiser.

OHIO // Having battled with a lingering rib injury for the past two months, India's Jeev Milkha Singh has regained fitness and set his sights on the final major of the year and a possible Presidents Cup debut. The Asian No 1 accepts he returned to the game too soon to compete at the US Open at Bethpage Black in June and now wants to make the most of the next two weeks.

"I tore my intercostal muscle and it's been really frustrating," Singh, 37, said after carding a one-over-par 71 in Friday's second round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. "In the past eight weeks I have played just three times and that's been tough for me, especially when you're in a major championship. "I didn't want to play the US Open because I wasn't fit but you feel you can't miss out because it's a major. But you do learn from your mistakes."

Singh, a three-times winner on the European Tour, missed the cut at Bethpage after returning scores of 78 and 73. Although he travelled to Turnberry for last month's British Open, he pulled out after experiencing severe pain during the practice rounds. "I've since taken three weeks off and my injury is much better," Singh said after covering his last nine holes at the Firestone Country Club in two-under 33.

Singh has long targeted a maiden victory on the PGA Tour and would dearly love to accomplish the feat in the season's last major, next week's PGA Championship at Hazeltine. "It all depends on the mindset and how you deal with the pressure," he said. "Much of that comes down to the short game. Growing up I always dreamed of winning a major championship." Singh is also poised to become the first Indian to compete in the Presidents Cup played between America and rest of the world. The top 10 players in the Internationals rankings after the PGA Championship qualify for the October 8-11 team event and Singh occupies the 10th spot.

* Reuters