Jeev starts with Choi in Hong Kong Open

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RARING TO GO: Jeev would be hoping to win the UBS Asian Order of Merit with a strong finish at the Hong Kong Open. PHOTO: PTI
RARING TO GO: Jeev would be hoping to win the UBS Asian Order of Merit with a strong finish at the Hong Kong Open. PHOTO: PTI

Hong Kong: Coming off the hottest stretch of his career, Jeev Milkha Singh believes the Hong Kong Golf Club's Composite Course is the secret to his quest for success at this week's UBS Hong Kong Open.

Jeev, who just two weeks ago recorded a superb victory at the Volvo Masters on the European Tour, arrived in Hong Kong on Tuesday after a season that has included two victories, top spot on the Asian Tour's UBS Order of Merit and more than a dozen top-10 finishes across the world.

Jeev, who last week played the first two rounds with Tiger Woods, has been paired with Choi, the Korean superstar who won in the U.S. the same week as Jeev won in Europe last month.

The third player in the group is Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain.

Jyoti Randhawa has been paired with Retief Goosen and Simon Khan, while Prom Meesawat goes out with Colin Montgomerie in other marquee pairings.

Daniel Chopra goes out with Johann Edfors, who has won on European Tour three times this year, and Thaworn Wiratchant, the Asia No.1 in 2005.

Gaurav Ghei has been put with Zhang Lianwei of China, while Rahil Gangjee plays the first two days with Frankie Minoza and James Kingston.

Harmeet Kahlon and S.S.P. Chowrasia are the other Indians in the field.

Johl skips

Amandeep Johl skipped the event as he is playing the European Tour's Qualifying School in Spain.

Coming back to Jeev, the Indian thinks it is his affinity for the Fanling layout on which one of Asia's most prestigious tournaments is played that will guide him to success this week.

``The event has a lot of history and I really like this golf course. It is a traditional-style course and you need to have great course management, so I am looking forwarding to playing this week and on this golf course,'' said Singh.

``I love this golf course and the way it is set up, because you do not need to hit a driver on every hole. You need to pull back sometimes and sometimes be aggressive,'' he added.

Ominously for the rest of the field fighting for a piece of the record $2 million prize fund up for grabs this week, that mirrors a similar inkling he felt about Valderrama before his victory. ``I love that golf course." PTI

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