India’s veteran golf player, Mukesh Kumar just recently blew away his chance to tee up alongside Danny Willett, U.S Masters Champion, Patrick Reed, US Ryder Cup Star and Justin Rose, Olympic Gold medalist.
This was due to the expiration of his passport.
At the weekend’s US$400,000 Panasonic India Open, Mukesh, 51 year old had secured his maiden Asian Tour Victory by one stroke, thus in the process, became the oldest winner in the circuit.
For Mukesh, it has been the biggest win since he began his professional career 32 years ago. It also gave him entry to compete in the US$2mil Hong Kong Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour.
While it will begin on Thursday, Mukesh will be unable to participate in it because he cannot travel.
“I am not able to go because my passport has expired and it will not be renewed in time to get things in order for the Hong Kong event,” said Mukesh.
Top players in the competition at the Hong Kong Golf Club this week includes Willett, Rose, Ian Poulter, alongside Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain and Australia’s Scott Hend.
However, Mukesh insists that he won’t mind spending some quality time with his family as he has been away for quite a while.
“I have been away from home for over a month, continuously playing golf. So I want to rest for sometime and eventually I will hit the course come next year,” he added.
Mukesh, throughout his professional career of 32 years, has come off with 123 domestic wins but has never won an international event until his recent triumph at the India Open in New Delhi which due to the fog, had been reduced to 54 holes.
He admitted that he was excited with his win and for having obtained his Asian Tour card as he looks forward to playing with top golfers.