Jeev, Jyoti spearhead Asian Challenge in World Cup

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa will spearhead the Asian challenge at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup which begins on Thursday.

Updated: November 25, 2008 11:18 IST
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Shenzen, China:

A formidable Indian team comprising the in-form Jeev Milkha Singh and seasoned pro Jyoti Randhawa will spearhead the Asian challenge at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup which begins on Thursday.

Jeev has been in sparkling form this year, winning titles on three different Tours, and with Randhawa too showing signs of regaining his touch, the Indians represents Asia's best best this week.

Thai pro Thongchai Jaidee said Asian players like Jeev have proved their mettle in the recent past and there simply cannot be any pre-tournament favourites.

"Asians players are getting strong. Anybody can win tournaments these days, said Jaidee, a two-time Asian number one.

For Jeev, ranked 45th in the world, things could not have been better this season.

The Bank of Australia title on the European Tour was followed by the Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup in Japan before the Indian went on to lift the USD five million Singapore Open which also assured him of his second Asian Tour Order of Merit title.

Though Jeev finished just outside the top 10 in the Hong Kong Open last week, the 11th place finish there consolidated his place in the top 50 and the seasoned pro has already announced that he is determined to make a mark in his World Cup debut.

"I've always had to defend a tournament or tried to keep my card somewhere. That's why I've never had the opportunity to represent India but now that we've got a direct entry, I am excited at the prospect at playing in the World Cup," he said.

Randhawa, meanwhile, is banking on Jeev's terrific form and said growing up together, they hope their camaraderie would translate into good scores here.

"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.

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