Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:32:34 GMT | By PTI

Team tournaments tougher than singles: Jeev

Jeev will be hosting a 30-men invitational tournament for the Indian golfers from December 21-23

Team tournaments tougher than singles: Jeev (© PTI)

Noida: Jeev Milkha Singh, who played a crucial role in Asia's Royal Trophy win over Europe, believes that team tournaments are more difficult to play as compared to singles because one has to meet the expectations of other team members as well.

"I just feel there is more pressure in team tournament as compared to singles. You feel that you can't let anybody else down. Whereas in a singles tournament if you get a bad short, thats about it. But in this (team) format you feel guilty for your mistake and feel you have let your team down," Jeev, who was recently honoured with the Asia Pacific Lifetime Achievement Award at Brunei, said.

Jeev will be hosting a 30-men invitational tournament -- Shubkamna Champions -- for the Indian golfers from December 21-23 at the Noida golf course where the likes of Arjun Atwal, Ganganjeet Bhullar, Anirban Lahiri, Shiv Kapur, Shamin Khan, Rashid Khan and Indian-origin Swede golfer Daniel Chopra.

"We are hoping to make this into an Asian Tour event in the future. This is a trial run this year. Hopefully things are going to go well. Till now response has been fantastic," Jeev said.

"We have seen Jack Nichlaus and Tiger Woods hosting such events ....on that concept I thought let's get started something in India and it's time to give back. The country needs it. Hopefully in future other people would come and host their events," he added.

Jeev feels India has a bright future in this sport as youngsters are learning fast and are fully committed to their game.

"Indian guys are doing an excellent job. The likes of Ganganjeet and Anirban are learning quickly and moving in the right direction. I'm happy with the way they are conducting themselves and their work ethics are fantastic," he said.

Arjun Atwal feels the fearless attitude of the youngsters would help Indian golf go a long distance.

"Nowadays, it is unbelievable to see how professional everybody is. We already have seen Gaganjeet and Anirban, they are not scared to win anywhere. That says a lot about the future," Atwal said.

Chopra, meanwhile, had some advice for the country's golfers. He believes Indians can learn a lot from the Koreans about the mental strength required to excel in the game.

"We have to look at Korea, which is producing a battery of golfers. These kids come up with literally flawless and perfect technique. The mental discipline they practice in their golf is exactly what you need. They hit every shot without fear regardless of the situation they are in.

"The Indian golfers need to learn about the mental strength from the Koreans," said Chopra.

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