After ending the year on a high I am looking forward to 2008: Jeev

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New Delhi, Dec 16 (UNI) It's been a long and tough year for India's ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh and the World No. 79 hopes that he will improve upon his standing with more title wins next year.

Jeev who celebrated his 36th birthday on Saturday was candid enough to admit that 2007 has been a very average year for him.

''Since I had raised the bar for myself after my dream run in 2006, I think I was trying too hard as there were more expectations and pressure compared to the previous year. Once you have achieved something great, there is a human tendency to believe that you can do it again. But it does not work that way, especially in golf,'' he said.

''I am playing well once again and am looking forward to 2008,'' Jeev said, adding ''I ended the year on a high with two top-10 finishes (tied 3rd at the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup and tied 7th at Dunlop Phoenix) on the Japan Golf Tour.

''I'm feeling comfortable after coming back on the leaderboard in Japan and am hitting the ball well. My performance at the US Masters was also highly satisfying.

Even though I was nervous going into the tournament, I think I managed myself very well that week.'' He agreed that he had a gruelling schedule of more than 40 weeks of competitive golf this year.

''It's very tough to constantly shuttle from one part of the world to the other. It takes a toll on your body.

You are also vulnerable to injuries. But it's part of my job and playing golf around the world is something I love doing.'' Jeev said he adheres to a fitness regimen in order to be in shape and avoid injuries.

''I do yoga six days a week and weight training three days a week. I also do specific exercises for golf muscles and run about a mile everyday. To add to this, I also dedicate some time for my mental training on a daily basis.'' He said a short break from competitive golf at the moment is just fantastic and ''it is important to have this break since a human being is not a machine and has to unwind at some point''.

''I'm utilizing this time to unwind and get away from what I do all the time. After all, you have to cleanse your mind in order to come back fresh,'' Jeev reasoned.

About his next big event, Jeev said, ''The Royal Trophy is the next big thing for me. It's a matchplay event with a format very similar to the Ryder Cup.

This event will see the top eight Asian professionals being pitted against top eight European professionals.

It's a good warm-up for the 2008 season as most professionals will be competing after a five week break.'' UNI

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