Augusta (Georgia):Irrespective of where he finds himself in Sunday's leaderboard, Jeev Milkha Singh's Masters campaign this week would still remain memorable with the kind words from the legendary Greg Norman ringing in his ear for the rest of his life.
Jeev had his practice round with Norman before the major and he seemed to have made an impression on the Australian legend, who predicted the Indian would force his way into the International Team for the Presidents Cup later this year. "I was impressed," said Norman.
"I was surprised how far he hits the golf ball. He's sneaky long which is a big advantage on this golf course obviously. I asked him point-blank how are you playing and he said 'I'm playing very well.'
"You don't hear too many players come out openly and say I'm playing very well. He's very confident about his game and I'm looking forward for good things from him this week," said the golfer known as 'The Shark'.
Jeev, who is hoping to become the first Indian to play in the Presidents Cup which pits the Norman-led International Team against the United States, is currently lying in 10th place in the Team standings.
The top-10 players after the PGA Championship in August will earn automatic entry into the team with Norman selecting two more captain's picks.
"I've watched Jeev from afar, through TV and reading his scores wherever he plays. He plays a lot of golf, probably more than Vijay Singh, quite honestly, and Vijay plays a lot of golf," Norman said.
"You have to admire Jeev. He wants to get on the Presidents Cup team and he was very open about that with me. If he keeps doing what he's doing, he's going to be on it with respect to whether he's a captain's choice or if he just plays his way onto the team," he added.