Golf bug yet to bite Rahul Dravid

Published: Thursday, June 17, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid on Sunday completed nine out of the scheduled 18 holes in the celebrity golf tournament held at the United Services Club in Mumbai and then declared that the golf bug is yet to bite him unlike quite a few retired cricketers.

"I have played golf only on a handful of occasions. It has been just for fun and as a means of diversion. I am, however, not yet bitten by the golf bug. Maybe at some stage in the future I might take it up (in a big way)," the Indian middle-order mainstay said in Mumbai after his stint.

"It seems to be a nice game. Lot of other cricketers have also told me so. Venky (former India paceman Venkatesh Prasad) has become a big fan in just a year," Dravid said after taking part in the McDowell's signature tournament that was held as a fund-raiser for former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar's Champs Foundation.

Talking about the foundation, which has been formed to financially help needy sportspersons of yesteryears who have fallen on bad days, Dravid said that it was a laudable mission.

"It's for a very good cause. The event also gave me a chance to meet people and take my mind away from the game of cricket. But I don't think I am as good at golf as I am at even hockey which I have played at the school level," Dravid said.

The event was won by 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh with Venkatesh Prasad and Digvijay Singh finishing two and three. Among other sports celebrities who took part was former All England Badminton champion Prakash Padukone.

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