Playing on home soil and with course knowledge on her side, India’s most noted women golfer Smriti Mehra is happy that she's not on the limelight as more attention is being given to the younger professionals.
"It's good to be left alone and I enjoy not getting the attention as it takes the pressure off me," she said before teeing off in the Pro-Am this morning at the Delhi Golf Club.
‘Simi’, as she is more affectionately known, is enjoying a good run. Three weekends ago Simi was doing fine at the Thailand Ladies Open at the Plantation Coure of Siam Country Club, until an unfortunate incident at Hole No. 15 in the final round where she lost count of her strokes and had to take a 9 after the referee made the decision after consulting her playing partners and the caddie.
"That incident is at the back of my mind now. My focus now is the Hero Women's India Open that comes with a prize purse of US$300,000. I love this course and I enjoy playing here," said Simi adding that she hopes her form will see her through this week.
"There are great expectations from my friends and fans, especially playing in my own backyard. I love to please them and make them happy and the only way is to do well in this tournament or even win it.
"I know who I am, what I am and what I want to do and how I'm going to do it. It's not the tough field I'm worried about, it's how I'm going to manage my game to produce good results in the three rounds."