I'll make pars, leave the rest on Jeev at World Cup: Randhawa

Struggling to find form ahead of Golf World Cup, Jyoti Randhawa says he would just focus on making pars and leave the rest on Jeev Milkha Singh.

updated: November 21, 2008 12:49 IST
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Struggling to find form ahead of next week's Omega Mission Hills Golf World Cup, Jyoti Randhawa says he would just focus on making pars and leave the rest on team-mate Jeev Milkha Singh's winning touch when the duo take the course for India at the mega-event here.

"I just need to keep making pars and he'll do the rest," Randhawa said of his first-time partner in the event starting November 27.

"It's a good team and we hope to do well. It is different playing in the World Cup as there is more pressure as you're playing for the country and there is a lot riding on it. It's a great event and I'm looking forward to it," he added.

The Delhi-pro, who has struggled this season with poor form and fitness, is good friends with Jeev as they grew up playing professional golf during the 1990s, which Randhawa believes will carry the team to a good showing in Mission Hills.

"We're comfortable being around each other, we are regularly having meals together on Tour. He's a funny guy as well and I hope we don't take it onto the golf course! We will certainly focus on our game and I'm looking forward to partnering him," he said.

While Randhawa featured in the team that ended ninth in 2005 for India's best ever finish, Jeev will be making his long-awaited debut and is excited at the opportunity to fly his country's flag in China.

"We are very excited, we are very strong as a team," said Jeev, the Asian Tour's number one in 2006 and virtually assured of this season's Order of Merit title after securing victory at last week's Barclays Singapore Open.

"It's great to have a chance to represent India. Golf in India is growing. If we can make things happen there, it'll be good. We want to try and have a good finish. We have a good chance of doing well," Jeev said.

The Chnadigarh-pro has enjoyed a stellar season with victories in Europe, Japan and Asia which has lifted him back into the world's top-50 and he wants to cap it off with a successful campaign in the 28-nation World Cup.

"Although Jyoti and I haven't played together as a team, I believe we'll get on well together. The only thing that we are shy on is the alternate shot format. We're not used to it but I've spoken to Jyoti that we shouldn't say sorry to each other.

"If he hits a bad shot or I hit a bad shot, we're not going to say sorry. We are certainly going to put pressure on each other by leaving five or 10 footers for pars but this happens even when we play for ourselves. We should always take a stride forward and move on," he said.

Jeev has often been forced to skip the World Cup due to his hectic playing schedule.

"I've always had to defend a tournament or tried to keep my card somewhere," said Jeev, who usually clocks around 40 tournaments per season.

"That's why I've never had the opportunity to represent India but now that we've got a direct entry (through the World Rankings), I am excited at the prospect at playing in the World Cup."