Amateur golfer Aadil Bedi upbeat about gold-winning chances

first_imgDespite being the youngest member of the four-man golf team, 17-year-old Aadil Bedi is oozing with confidence when it comes to winning gold at the upcoming Asian Games in Jakarta.The amateur golfer will feature along with World No 25 Rayhan Thomas, Kshitij Navid Kaul and Hari Mohan Singh for India in Jakarta in men’s individual and team event.Bedi feels the squad has the perfect blend of players which is needed to go all the way in the events to take place at the Pondok Indah golf course in the capital city from August 23 to 26.”I think this year we have a very complete team, so our chances are pretty high in both the individual and team events. I mean one of us can certainly win gold and the individual,” said the second-ranked golfer of the Indian Golf Union merit list.However, Bedi said he can’t make the same claim when it comes to team event as the result will depend on the individual performance of each player.”In the team event, nothing is for sure as golf is an individual sport and you can’t really help your teammates improve their game. So you got to focus on your performance and hope your teammates will do their job too,” Bedi told Mail Today from Bengaluru, where he is currently participating in the Louis Phillipe Cup.His teammate, Rayhan Thomas, was included late in the squad without any trial because of his high ranking and Bedi feels the Dubai-based golfer will only make them stronger.advertisement”He (Thomas) is a quality player and brings a lot to the team with his experience. I have personally known him for a while now as we have been travelling together a lot. He gives that edge to us with all the success he has acquired all over the world,” he said.India’s last medal in the discipline came in 2010 when Abhijit Chadha won a silver in Guangzhou. The young Indian side will look to exceed that result but will have to deal with the humid condition of Indonesia.Exuberating confidence, Bedi who played in amateur Opens in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Britain recently said he is not worried about the climate in the South-east Asian nation as he believes they will quickly acclimatise to the conditions given their prior experiences and preparatory routine.”We have been to Indonesia a couple of times. Above all that, we take account of geographical factors such as humidity, altitude, how far we are from the sea and other factors before heading for a tournament. So we have done all those calculations already.”We know how the ball reacts under humidity. It’s not that big of a challenge as we play a lot on international courses, so I think we can adjust pretty quickly to these changes,” he explained.Representing Indian since a tender age of 12, Bedi is not worried about carrying youngest-player tag in Jakarta as he is used to being the youngest member of the team.”I try not to put that pressure on myself because I have been playing golf long enough as a youngster for India. I try not to think about any expectation of others or pressure to perform. I just try to match the standard I have set for myself and follow the routine I planned,” he concluded.last_img