I want to finish inside top-10 on Order of Merit, says Viraj Madappa
He recalls playing in his first ever professional tournament in Japan where he was star-struck when playing a practice round with Arjun Atwal, Rahil Gangjee, Daniel Chopra and SSP Chawrasia.
Fast forward to 2018 and the super-fit Madappa is now a winner on the Asian Tour and will be one of the top contenders when he features at the Musashi Country Club, Sasai Course from September 20 to 23.
"My first goal at the start of the year was to try and win a tournament and I've done that. I also wanted to finish inside the top-10 on the Order of Merit and I'm closer to that goal now," he said.
He has also set his eyes on representing India at the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
"I've won but I really want to achieve more, improve on my world ranking because I'm aiming to play in 2020 Olympics," said Madappa.
The 20-year-old Indian will challenge for the prestigious trophy against an impressive line-up which includes 2016 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Scott Hend of Australia, Gaganjeet Bhullar of India, Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand and KT Kim of Korea.
"It was a great experience and funnily enough I'm going back to Japan. Back then, it was my first professional tournament and I was in awe of the players. I learned a lot that week but it was also very intimidating for me playing in front of big crowds," Madappa recalled.
"You can't perform your best unless you tick off all the boxes. Working at the gym or improving mental state will help you become a better player. I put in a lot of work in the gym and do my meditation often and I'm strict with my nutrition.
"Outside of my usual golf practice, I work out six times a week which consists of different exercises. I also eat healthily and at the moment I'm not taking any sugar. I have more hunger now because I've tasted success and I want to put in more hard work," he explained.
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