Jeev Milkha Singh has vowed to bounce back from his opening day disappointment at the Royal Trophy, and help to inspire an Asian victory.

Singh declared himself fit for duty less than 24 hours before the Competition teed off after a five-week lay-off due to a back injury.

Some people questioned the wisdom of that move as Singh was well below his best as he and Thongchai Jaidee were crushed 7&5 in the Foursomes by Peter Hanson and Fredrik Andersson Hed. But the vastly-experienced Indian ace, one of Asia’s most successful players on the international stage in the past decade, insisted he is not downhearted.

He said: “Physically, I felt fine before and after the round. It was more of an issue with rustiness, and you kind of expect that after not hitting a ball for five weeks, especially in a format like Foursomes when you are only hitting every other shot.

“We were also maybe trying too hard to force things because we were behind pretty quick – those guys sank some good putts, holed a bunker shot, and really played well.

“But we never gave in, we kept trying, and you just have to accept some days it goes for you, other days it goes against you.

“You know, I’ve never won a Foursomes match in the Royal Trophy. My record is much better in Four-balls and Singles, and I’ll take encouragement from that.

“Of course I’m disappointed, but I’ve been in golf too long to let it get my confidence down. The Team is all square, so there is everything to play for. And from now on, I’ll be playing a more familiar style of golf, hitting my own ball every time. So I’m sure I can bounce back.”

“We witnessed an extremely tight series of matches today at the Royal Trophy at Black Mountain Golf Club with both Asia and Europe securing two points;” stated Lincoln Venancio, the Royal Trophy Managing Director.

“We are all looking forward to a great day tomorrow. The weather is beautiful and the Black Mountain golf course is in tremendous conditions. It should be a magnificent day for golf;” concluded Lincoln Venancio.

Tickets for the Royal Trophy are available at Thai Baht 1,000 per day and can be purchased at the entrance of the magnificent Black Mountain Golf Club. Various hotels and resorts in the Hua Hin area are offering special packages which include accommodation and admission to the Tournament.

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