Nicollet aiming for an Indian Open comeback

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Sharmila Nicollet.— PHOTO: G.R.N. SOMASHEKAR
Sharmila Nicollet.— PHOTO: G.R.N. SOMASHEKAR

Golfer Sharmila Nicollet stated that the upcoming Indian Open will provide the perfect opportunity to get her career back on track after being sidelined with an ankle injury. The Hero women’s Indian Open, a Ladies European Tour (LET) event, will begin at the DLF Golf and Country Club in New Delhi next month.

“I am focussed on the Indian Open now. I have to finish in the top-five to help secure my LET card,” Nicollet said here on Friday.

The 22-year-old missed the majority of the domestic Hero women’s pro-golf tour this year, and has competed in one LET event (Sweden) and one domestic event so far on her return to professional golf.

Speaking about her injury-layoff, she said, “It was tough. I’ve played golf all my life; I’m not used to sitting in bed for more than two days.” A rigorous fitness routine — missing thus far — has helped her emerge stronger, she added.

Nicollet, along with professional male golfer Shiv Kapur, spoke to the media on the eve of the Marriott International President’s Trophy, which will be held at the KGA course here.

Up and down season

Kapur, who has had an “up and down” season, said, “I would like to play a bit more in Asia, rather than the European Tour. I have done better here.

“I want to play on the PGA Tour in a couple of years, and playing on the Asian Tour is the best way (to help me make it into the PGA Tour).”

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