Jeev tired but focussed on Hong Kong Open

Updated: 21 November 2008 18:25 IST

Jeev Milkha Singh would be aiming to carry the winning momentum for a second successive title at the $2.5 million Hong Kong Open starting on Thursday.

Hong Kong:

With the Asian Tour Order of Merit title almost sealed, a tired but focussed Jeev Milkha Singh would be aiming to carry the winning momentum for a second successive title at the $2.5 million Hong Kong Open starting on Thursday.

"I'm tired but I am feeling confident this week. This is an excellent golf course. It is an old traditional course. I need to hit a lot of irons off the tee and manage myself well.

"I have to play smart golf. I love these kinds of courses where I need a lot of imagination," said Jeev, who was the 2006 Asian Tour number one.

"I've played on the Asian Tour for many years and the Asian Tour has given me a lot. A lot of players have done well coming from the Asian Tour. It all comes down to how sharp a player's game is and how he is going to handle himself mentally in the last round," he added.

Jeev's closest rival on the Order of Merit, New Zealand's Brown, will be banking on a new set of irons for a change of fortune in Fanling.

"I haven't played that great recently. I will be using a new set of irons this week which will hopefully turn things around for me.

"I really like the course here and I'm looking at having a go at it. My form is not where it used to be but I'm working hard at it. I have to stay positive and keep working hard," said Brown.

Meanwhile, defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez will be eyeing a third title when he tees off tomorrow.

Jimenez, 44, will be hoping to follow in the footsteps golf legend Peter Thomson of Australia who won the event three times back in 1960, 1965 and 1967. Chinese Taipei's Hsieh Yung-yo is the only player to have won four titles.

Topics : Golf
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