Bangkok:For all his golfing achievements, Jeev Milkha Singh says he still cannot measure up to his father's iconic status but winning a Major would change that as it would earn him a right to "sit at the same table" with the legendary sprinter.
Son of the famous Milkha Singh, a decorated Olympic runner, Jeev said, "Dad is still a bigger name than me in India. A Major under my belt, then I can sit at the same table as him," Jeev, who won the Asian Tour Order of Merit title for the second time in three years said here on Sunday.
With four titles on three different tours, Jeev rated the season gone by as the best of his career so far.
"This has been the best year so far in my career. In 2006, I also had four wins but I rate this season better due to my performances in the Majors. It has given me a lot of confidence and I'm more comfortable and confident when I'm under pressure.
"I know my swing is better and that has taken me further up in my game," he said.
The 37-year-old made history by becoming the first player to win over USD one million in a single season on the Asian Tour, thanks to his stunning triumph over a world-class field at the Barclays Singapore Open last month.
He registered two other runner-up finishes in Indonesia and Korea in a stellar season which also saw him triumph once in Europe and twice in Japan to rise to his current career-high 36th place in the Official World Golf Ranking.
In addition, he finished tied 25th at the US Masters and posted a career-first top-10 in a Major by finishing equal ninth at the US PGA Championship.
"Winning the Order of Merit twice in three years is special. It has given me a lot of confidence as I've proven myself again and you then try to move on to bigger things," he said.
Jeev plans to scale down his playing schedule next year after competing in over 35 events around the globe this season.
"I need to get fit in 2009. I've had a lot of injuries. I have put on weight as I normally run a mile a day but I've been unable to do so with my ankle injury since June. I have people in place starting on December 28 who will train me and help get me fit. My main goal over the next six months is to get fit," he said.