Saturday March 23, 2013
It’s tiring but Jeev aims to keep Asian flag flying
AFTER a long and tiring day, India’s Jeev Milkha Singh and Thailand’s Prom Meesawat have promised to bounce back with a fresh assault to keep the Asian flag flying high in the Maybank Malaysian Open today.
Jeev had to play 27 holes yesterday to finish his first two rounds with a creditable three-under 141 (71-70). He is tied with Malaysian amateur Gavin Kyle Green, Spain’s Ignacio Garrido and Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand.
“I am really happy I finished the day. It has been a long day. I do not remember the last time I played 27 holes,” said Jeev.
The 42-year-old Jeev, who turned pro in 1993, was one of the many, who had to play long hours following the decision to suspend the first round on Thursday because of heavy downpour. An afternoon shower yesterday, also saw the proceedings being stopped for almost three hours.
“I was tired out there and would have loved to finish better but bogeyed the last. I was trying to hurry up and finish the hole before the siren went off,” said the 2008 China Open winner.
“I made nine birdies in two days but I need to tidy up a bit. I’m three-under par for the tournament so I need to cut down on the bogeys. I just chilled out and had some lunch (during the rain suspensions) just to keep my focus on, then go out and try again.”
The 26-year-old chubby Prom, nicknamed the “big dolphin” was also physically tested but he still wore a smile after the long gruelling day.
He was the top performer from Thailand when he finished the two rounds with an impressive five-under 139 (68-71).
“I am the happiest person because I managed to finish the second round after the rain suspension. It has been a tough day. I finished 26 holes. I dropped three shots after six holes but it was a good fight back from me,” said Prom.
“I told myself that it will be a long and tired day. I stayed calm and try to give myself birdie chances.
“I had a good birdie putt on the 18th hole from about four feet and that made my back nine a bit easier. That was the turning point for me because then I birdied second and third.
“I finished 26 holes. If I needed to come back tomorrow to finish one hole then it would be boring. At least now I can rest and relax for a stronger challenge tomorrow,” he added.
The other Asians, who managed to complete their two rounds and are as good as assured for the third round action are China’s Wu Ashun (135), Liang Wen Chong (138); Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng (141); Malaysia’s Gavin Kyle Green (141). Several others have not completed their second round but they have to double up today to make the cutoff at 144.