Unlike his father who used to 'fly' on the track, he "walks and chases the ball on the turf". Jeev Milkha Singh – son of legendary sprinter Milkha Singh – has made his own mark in golf.
After struggling with a shoulder injury for last few months, he is back to business at the 3rd Louis Philippe Cup at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club here.
"I believe I still have 10 years left and I wish to win a major before my career ends," says Jeev, who won one of his first titles at the venue 20 years back. "Mumbai is very close to my heart, the first places where you win remains special. The golf course has changed a lot for the better, earlier the greens were like mushrooms. Now, lot of water bodies are added," he says.
Jeev, who has spent a good amount time with World No.1 Tiger Woods, says that, "Tiger tells me to cut down on the number of tours a year. Then we both have a good laugh about it. Basically, he is amazed that I, even at 42, play 35 weeks a year. I think I am going to stick to that till body permits," says Jeev, who believes that it is because of Tiger that more money came into the sport and became more popular.
"He is the World No.1 player and also thinks highly of Indian golfers. He is aware that a lot of young golfers are coming out of India. He has done a lot of good to the sport worldwide. The will to do well and the patience is the best thing about him," he adds.
The Louis Philippe Cup is in the league format and Jeev believes the team effort will only help in the course of the tournament. "If one guy fails, the other players will help the team out," he says.
So what if golf is not perceived as a physically demanding sport, one needs to stay fit. Jeev's mantra to fitness is yoga, weights and sprints.
"I think this sport is very much injury-prone. It is because you start with a pull, giving a big whiplash to your body in about 120 miles speed. All muscles need to co-ordinate and if they don't, you can get injured.
"One needs to exercise because muscle bursting is important when you stand still and start a swing which activates the muscles suddenly," says Jeev, who also has a Padma Shri and an Arjuna award to his credit.
On the present young guns of Indian golf Anirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar, he said that these lads stand out because they are physically fit and have a positive attitude. "They can hit the ball far enough to compete at the world stage too," he says.
Jeev is representing Shubhkamna Delhi in the tournament.