Jeev Milkha Singh
Name:Jeev Milkha Singh
Born:Dec 15, 1971 in Greater Chandigarh, India.
Multiple wins on the Asian, Japan and European Tours. Asian Tour Order of Merit winner (2006, '08).
Singh is the son of a famous Indian Sikh athlete and Olympic runner, Milkha Singh. Jeev attended Abilene Christian University in the United States, winning the NCAA Divison II individual golf championship in 1993. He also won a number of amateur tournaments while in the US and recorded his first professional win in the 1993 Southern Oklahoma State Open.
After an excellent start on the Asian Tour in the late 1990s he was plagued by a wrist injury and relinquished his Tour playing rights in 2002. He bounced back with a solid season in 2005, followed by a spectacular season in 2006, when he won the Asian Tour Order of Merit and notched up his first European Tour win in the Volvo Masters at Valderrama. He won the Asian Tour Order of Merit again in 2008
Singh has said that analyzing his own game through video tapes, and reading books on the mental side of the game, has contributed significantly to his ability to win. He was the first Indian golfer to become a member of the European Tour.
Played as the Aberdeen Asset Mgt Scottish Open (July 12-15). Jeev Milkha Singh (India) beat Francesco Molinari (Italy) at the first playoff hole, to record the last of his four European Tour wins. Molinari was also runner-up a week earlier in the French Open. [Castle Stuart Links, nr Inverness].
Played as the Barclays Singapore Open (Nov 13-16; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Padraig Harrington (Ire) and Ernie Els (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Singh (India). [Serapong course, Sentosa GC, Singapore. Early rounds also played on the Tanjong course].
Played as the Bank Austria Golf Open presented by Telekom Austria (June 5-8; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Simon Wakefield (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Singh (India). Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Fontana GC, Oberwaltersdorf, nr Vienna, Austria].
Played as the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup (Dec 4-7; Japanese major ch'ship and season-ending event). Second-placed Brendan Jones (Aus), David Smail (NZ) and Taichi Teshima (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind Singh (India), who won this event for the second time in three years. [Tokyo Yomiuri CC, Inagi, nr Tokyo, Japan].
Singh (Ind) won the Asian Tour Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of his peers.
Singh (Ind) won his second Asian Tour Order of Merit in three years, with 2008 earnings of US$1,452,701 on the Tour. Lin Wen-tang (Tpe) was second with $844,734; Mark Brown (NZ) was third with $778,037.
Played as the Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup (July 24-27; Japan Tour event). Second-placed Sushi Ishigaki (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind Jeev Milkha Singh (India). [North Country GC, Hokkaido, Jpn].
Singh (Ind) won his second Johnnie Walker Asian Player of the Year Award.
Singh (India) won the Asian Tour Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of his peers.
Played as the Volvo Masters (Oct 26-29; Eurpn Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Luke Donald (Eng), Padraig Harrington (Ire) and Sergio García (Sp) finished 1 shot behind Singh (India), who was playing in this event for the first time. [Valderrama GC, San Roque, Spain].
Played as the Volvo China Open (April 13-16; Asian/European Tours event). Second-placed Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (Esp) finished 1 shot behind 34-year-old Jeev Milkha Singh (India), who recorded his first European Tour win. [Honghua Intl GC, Beijing, China].
Played as the Casio World Open (Nov 23-26; Japan Tr event). Second-placed David Smail (NZ) finished 2 shots behind first-time Japan Tour winner Singh (India). [Kochi Kuroshio CC, Kochi, Jpn].
Played as the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup (Nov 30-Dec 3; Japanese major ch'ship and season-ending event). Second-placed Nobuhiro Masuda (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Singh (India), who recorded back-to-back wins on the Japan Tour. [Tokyo Yomiuri CC, Inagi, nr Tokyo, Japan].
Singh (Ind) won the Johnnie Walker Asian Player of the Year Award.
Singh (India) won the Asian Tour 2006 UBS Order of Merit, with earnings of US$591,884 on the Tour. Thongchai Jaidee (Thai) was second with $444,736; Prom Meesawat (Thai) was third with $392,671.
Played as the Lexus International (Oct 14-17; Asian Tr event; not played in 1998). Singh (India) beat Zaw Moe (Myanmar) with a birdie at the third playoff hole. Taimur Hussain (Pak) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Windmill Park CC, nr Bangkok, Thailand; now called Summit Windmill GC].
Played as the Philip Morris Asia Cup (Asian Tr event). Second-placed Wook-soon Kang (S Kor) finished 6 shots behind Singh (India). Played in Seoul, Korea.
Played as the Asian Match Play Championship (Asian Tr event). Played in the Philippines.
Played as the Philippine Classic (Asian Tr event). Won by Singh (India).
Played as the Shinhan Donghae Open (Sept 8-11; Korean Tr event). Jeev Milkha Singh (India) recorded his first win as a professional. [Hansung CC, Giheung, Yongin, Gyeonggi, S Korea].
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