I don't feel comfortable at DGC: Jeev

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/j/jeevmilkhasingh.jpg' class='caption'> Jeev Milkha Singh has been doing all he can to figure out why his sterling international form deserts him at home during the Indian Open.

Updated: October 08, 2008 14:09 IST
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New Delhi:

Jeev Milkha Singh has been doing all he can to figure out why his sterling international form deserts him at home during the Indian Open but the ace golfer says he has still not been able to comprehend the reasons of his discomfort at the Delhi Golf Club.

"I don't know what the problem is. I still can't figure it out. I don't feel comfortable at the DGC. But it's challenge and I want to win the National Open," Jeev told reporters on the eve of the 45th edition of the USD one million Asian Tour event.

"I think 66 is the best that I have shot here," he added when asked what his best has been at the DGC.

The world number 58 has made giant strides abroad, winning a European Tour title and a Japan Tour tournament this season, besides finishing tied 9th at one of the Majors -- The PGA Championship -- earlier this year.

Last month he finished tied 5th at the prestigious British Masters but for all the international accolades, Jeev's home run has been indifferent at best.

Looking ahead to this edition of the Indian Open, Jeev said although he feels uncomfortable with it but the course is excellent.

"The course is in excellent condition. I am looking forward to playing well this week. The prize money is up so it's going to be a fun week," he said.

Adding to Jeev's fun would be the presence of close friend Daniel Chopra, son of an Indian father and Swedish mother, who is a two time winner on the US PGA Tour.

"I have played a lot with him. I have beaten him on some occassions," Jeev quipped before Chopra interrupted to say that "he has never beaten me" in a press conference here today.

"Let's not get into an argument here," reacted Jeev as the two shared a laugh after a gruelling practice session.

Defending champion Jyoti Randhawa, meanwhile, was oozing confidence and said he knew how to handle the DGC for a third-successive and fourth overall title.

"It's something I have done and once I have been in a situation, I know how to handle it," he asserted.

When asked who would be his most formidable opponents, Randhawa said, "Myself, golf course and the elements. Daniel Chopra is a good player and Jeev Milkha Singh too so these two are my strongest opponents as players."

Like Jeev, Randhawa has also been battling contrasting forms at home and abroad with the difference being that Randhawa's problems start outside the country.

The Delhi-pro attributes the contrast to the tough conditions abroad where even a minor lapse can result in major problem.

"What I feel is that the conditions of the greens and fairways are different. If I land on the wrong side in Europe it can be punishing, but at home, I don't think about certain shots, it comes naturally," he explained.

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