Amardeep has a fresh outlook towards golf, and its working

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The time away from competitions during Lockdown 2 has impacted Amardeep Malik in many ways.
The time away from competitions during Lockdown 2 has impacted Amardeep Malik in many ways.

Certain things in life are best left unsaid. Grief is one of them. Words can’t capture the intensity or the impact of pain. It’s to be experienced to get an insight.

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Amardeep Malik is in the know. He has been through a lot in recent times, and the scars of watching his dear ones suffer won’t go away in a hurry. But what these extraordinary times have done is make him realise that other priorities can co-exist with golf.

Taking a step back and telling himself, “There is a lot more to life,” seems to have helped let off steam.  For the second week running, Amardeep registered a top-4 on the Professional Golf Tour of India. First, it was the Golconda Masters last week, and now the Players Championship in Panchkula.

 

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Not in the recent past has this happened.

Years of setting targets at practice and tournaments perhaps took a lot out of Amardeep, after all golf’s all about momentum. But as he says one bad round, week or year does not define a player. Not someone like Amardeep, a two-time winner on Tour.

Amardeep Malik will be teeing off in Srinagar next week with all departments of his game in fine nick.
Amardeep Malik will be teeing off in Srinagar next week with all departments of his game in fine nick.

But the search for excellence and the next win since 2017 preoccupied him. When the family got embroiled in a series of medical emergencies, it hit Amardeep, that reflects in the results in the first quarter, but armed him with fresh insight into life and golf. After some time off, he got back to practice. The approach was the same — no shortcuts, just that the perception has changed.

What transpired off the golf course and its impact will take time to heal, but on it Amardeep is pleased to report, “It’s been a while since I’ve felt this, my game is complete with all aspects up to the mark.” If there is heartburn, it is on the inability to finish off an event the way it should be, with a win, after finishing five shots off the winner S Chikkarangappa.

 

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That time will come too, now that Amardeep has got richer in patience after the recent travails.

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