Atwal Blog: No limit for young Indians

Tue 18 Nov 2014

Atwal Blog: No limit for young Indians

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Manila, November 18: Former Asian Tour number one Arjun Atwal is back in the Philippines for the first time in over a decade as he prepares to tee up in the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters on Thursday. This is his blog from Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.
By Arjun Atwal
I’ve got no goals this week, just coming in to see where the game is at. I was deeply disappointed in Macau recently ... in the second round I had one bad hole and kind of threw myself out of the tournament. I’ll just take it as it comes. I’m also playing next week at the King’s Cup in Thailand. So we’ll build upon these two weeks and see where it goes.
I’m not thinking about it but it’ll be a nice thing to do (to break back into top-20 of Career Money list) instead of asking for invites which is taking a spot away from the field. I’m so close to the top-20 so I might as well get in there and not take up invitations.
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I’m hitting the ball okay. Last week I went to the US Qschool second stage and missed it there. But the game is feeling okay.
The Asian Tour has been really good to me. Every time I’ve asked for an invite, I’ve got them on most occasions. But it’s up to me, I’ve got to play better and get my card from here or get back into the top-20 on the Career Money list.
I was in the Philippines last in the 1990s I think. I played Manila Southwoods and was leading after the third round and I remember it well because I almost missed my tee time on that Sunday due to traffic.  We got here five minutes to spare! None of us in the last group won the tournament then.
It’s a fantastic time for Indian golf. I saw Anirban (Lahiri) winning in Macau and then Chow (S.S.P. Chowrasia) won at home and then Rashid (Khan) in Chiangmai last week. These guys are not afraid, they come out and are ready to win. It’s great for Indian golf.
I think they have enough respect for us (senior players) but they are not afraid to win which I think is the difference. It’s not being cocky but they are fearless and I love that about them. I don’t know, we were doing it and we were spurring each other on when we first came out.  Jyoti (Randhawa) would win and then I would win and Jeev (Milkha Singh) would win. We were inspiring each other at that time and hopefully the young guys are inspiring each other now.
For a country that’s mainly crazy about cricket and golf is not really popular, I think we are doing okay. I think these guys can go as far as they want. They can play on the PGA Tour, win on the PGA Tour and why not the Majors.
There’s no limits for them. Anirban is only 27 and he’s already won five times on the Asian Tour, which is ridiculous. I had a talk with him and told him that he’s better that what we were at his age. It’s called evolution and they have to be better. They can’t be just as good and I think it’s limitless for these guys.
Their generation has just got to be better. From being such a young sport in India, we were the first generation to come out and win. People have to take it forward from there. It can’t stay at that level as it’s a young sport in India.
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