For Jeev Milkha Singh, this year is all about the “road to the major championships” and a race to make it to the top-50 by the end of June.
“I have three tournaments — the Avantha Masters in Noida, the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur and the Tshwane Open in Centurion (South Africa) — over the next two months, where I have to either win or finish very strongly in order to make the field for the Masters at Augusta (USA) in April. That’s my immediate goal,” says Jeev, who is currently ranked No.95 in the world.
In Bangalore on Thursday for the Callaway X Hot Challenge, the 42-year old, who played a major portion of 2012 with an injury to his right index finger, said he expected to be back in full swing by May.
Jeev admitted that the injury did cause him some trouble, preventing him from hitting the kind of punch shots he would have liked in windy conditions during final round at the recent Dubai Desert Classic, where he finished 10th.
Stating that he could make it into the top 50 if he stayed injury-free, Jeev said such a ranking would get him a place in the US Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship.
Jeev expressed hopes of playing around 35 weeks in 2013, focusing primarily on the European (17 weeks), Asian (9 weeks) and Japanese (9 weeks) tours.
Japan, he said, was close to him, and added that he was keen not to lose membership of the tour there.
He also said he was keen to make the Indian team for the Rio Olympics in 2016.