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Happy with course, Jeev hopes for another tryst in China

Written by: Staff
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Shanghai, Apr 19 (UNI) Fresh from his last week's triumph in Beijing and buoyed by the top 10 finishes in his last two appearances here, seasoned pro Jeev Milkha Singh hopes for a fruitful week when he tees off at the 1.8 million dollar BMW Asian Open here tomorrow.

Elated to snap his seven-year title drought in the Volvo China Open, Jeev was happy after having a look at the course.

''The course is in fantastic condition. The greens are in great shape and the fairways are good. I love this course because for the last two years I've played here, I finished in the top 10 so I'm definitely looking forward to a great week,'' said the Indian, who leads the Asian Tour's UBS Order of Merit.

Scotsman Colin Montgomerie, on the other hand, is praying for a change in fortune and the eight-time European Order of Merit champion, hopes to overcome his poor putting at the Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club this week.

''I've just had a bad run with the putter. Augusta was very disappointing with the putter again for the 14th year in a row but never mind, we'll get going here and see what's what, providing it is not as windy as this,'' he said.

Thai ace Thongchai Jaidee, fresh from his US Masters debut two weeks ago, is well rested for his charge for the BMW Asian Open title.

''The conditions here look good. The par four holes are long and par three holes are very challenging. Last year I missed the cut by a single stroke but this year a lot has changed. The fairways are narrower and longer and the wind is much stronger than last year,'' he said.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson, Englishman Paul Casey -- a two-time winner in China -- compatriot Nick Faldo and Chinese stalwarts Zhang Lian-wei and Liang Wen-chong are also among the title contenders, eyeing the 300,000 dollar top prize.

On the eve of the tournament, 156 guests, including movie star Sammo Hung and acclaimed pianist Zhao Yinyin, took part in the BMW Asian Open Pro-am.

UNI XC AY PA HT1620

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