first_imgA six-time winner at the Asian Tour, Jeev had to battle A six-time winner at the Asian Tour, Jeev had to battle through a series of injuries in the last few years. “When you hit rock bottom, the only way is up. Last three years have not been good for me. But I never stop believing myself. Last week most things fell into place and I got a lot of confidence. I hope more often things fall into place this week,” he said. “I think the main thing is the trust. I have been hitting the ball well in driving range for the last five weeks but results were not coming because I was not trusting myself under pressure during match situation. “Last week I hit the ball well and the last three days, my putting has also improved. So my short game was sharp and I felt really good,” he added. Talking about the course at DGC, Jeev said: “I have played Indiam Open at least 20 times but every time I play at DGC, it is different. It is a course where you need a lot of mental strength and distance control. It requires patience, you cant get angry.” Asked about his schedule, Jeev said: “After this week, I am taking four weeks off and then I will be in Japan for a week and then there is Volvo China Open. I will also play Mauritius and then May onwards I will be based in Europe. I have 33 events this year, including Europe and Asia. I hope to finish the year on a good note.” Jeev also recently changed his caddie Janet Squire, who has been associated with the Indian for eight years. “I changed my caddie because I didnt know my schedule, which tournaments I will play. We had a eight year relation and I thought it would be fair for her to move on.” Talking about his series of injuries which affected his game in the last few years, he said: “Injury is the toughest thing that can happen to any sports person. Physically it bothers you but mentally it sets you back because there are shots which you suddenly cant play now. “What kept me going is that I believed I can win and play at the top level and so I kept working harder. I always believed age is a number and you get a lot of experience and learn to be patient with age.” PTI ATK SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img

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