Can Jeev become India’s Major Singh?
Title number three for the year came despite requiring the physio’s attention for a stiff neck and back. The pain did not stop him from becoming the first million-dollar man in a single season in the fast-growing Asian Tour. This has virtually made sure he will top the money list for a second time, after claiming the 2006 Order of Merit.
Singh, regarded as the pioneer among India’s professional golfers, finished tied ninth in this year’s U.S. PGA Championship on an Oakland Hills Country Club, Michigan course dubbed “The Monster” by Ben Hogan.
A huge achievement for Indian golf, it was drowned in the celebrations that followed the success of another Chandigarh sportsman. Shooter Abhinav Bindra it was, who won India’s
first individual Olympic gold medal within hours of Singh’s excellent finish.
Into the top 50 in the world ranking, Singh is expected to figure in all four majors next year.
Will 2009 be the year when India’s own Singh emulates his Fijian namesake Vijay Singh by bagging a Major?