Jeev Milkha Singh is backing India's next crop of emerging stars to take on the world
Jeev Milkha Singh is enthused by the up and coming talent from India and is backing them to take on the world.
Last Updated: 07/11/12 12:24pm
Singh, who was Asia's number one in 2006 and 2008, is confident that golf in the nation is on the up following the success of compatriots like Gaganjeet Bhullar, Anirban Lahiri, Himmat Rai and S.S.P. Chowrasia on the Asian Tour.
The 41-year-old is preparing to compete in the Barclays Singapore Open - an event he won in 2008 - which tees off on Thursday and wants India's next generation of players to better his accomplishments.
"Whenever I'm talking to these guys, I tell them that if I can turn the clock back and put myself in their shoes and if I were to look at Jeev Milkha Singh, I would say "hey man, if Jeev won 21 out of X number of tournaments all over the world and he's been in the top-50 in the world, I will do better than him," he said.
"There is a lot of talent in the country. The boys are playing really well. Gaganjeet has proven himself by winning twice this year. Himmat Rai, Anirban Lahiri, S.S.P. all these guys are playing so well and it's just fantastic to see and push me too."
The Sentosa Golf Club holds fond memories for the six-time Asian Tour winner, who will be playing his opening two rounds with Japan's Tetsuji Hiratsuka and Scotland's Richie Ramsay.
"I'm very happy that I'm back at the golf course where I won," he continued.
"It's a very challenging golf course and requires lot of patience and I think scoring is not going to be that low. I feel that the winning score will be between six to 10 under."
Singh has no regrets over his professional career to date, although he would dearly like to win a major prior hanging up his clubs in nine years' time when he turns 50.
"My goal obviously is that before my golfing career is over, I would like to win a major championship," he concluded. "I feel like I've got another nine years in me. I'm 41 and hopefully I'll do that."