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Can Jeev become India’s Major Singh?

November 18, 2008

Last week’s Singapore Open triumph once again revealed Jeev Milkha Singh’s talent, temperament and burning desire to excel.

Singh kept his cool in the final few holes despite major winners Padraig Harrington of Ireland and South African Ernie Els breathing down his neck, both one good putt away from forcing
a playoff.

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?

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The way Jeev has been playing lately, and the confidence that he has in his own ability now, it would not be surprising if he wins a Major in 2009. Once you are at that level, there are only two factors which can deny you a Major title – luck, and Tiger Woods.

Posted by Joy Chakravarty | Report as abusive
 

sing is king

 

He has gained confidence and does not look scared or intimidated when he is teeing off with other champions.
Dont know if he can be a Masters winner but definitely he has the power to get indians to start watching Golf on weekends.

Posted by golf addict | Report as abusive
 

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