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Jeev Milkha Singh
Jeev is the son of an Olympic runner, Milkha Singh. Struggled with injury in the early 2000s but recovered sufficiently to taste victory in China, which also made him the 10th player to surpass the US$1 million mark in career earnings. He was a captain?s pick for Asia in the inaugural Phoenix Dynasty Cup Presented by Visa against Japan in 2003. Comes from Chandigarh which has produced top golfers such as Amritinder Singh and Amandeep Johl. Previously trained under Sam Frost but decided to do it alone in 2004, relying on Amrintinder's help and analyzing his own game through video tapes. Says reading mental books has helped his game. Jeev enjoyed an outstanding year in 2006, winning four times across the world, lifting his maiden Asian Tour's UBS Order of Merit crown and leaping to 37th place on the Official World Golf Ranking. He ended a frustrating seven-year winless drought with a one-stroke victory at the Volvo China Open in April which was an emotional triumph as a wrist injury had curtailed his progress after winning four titles in the late 1990s, the last success being the 1999 Lexus International in Thailand. The Volvo victory sparked a rich vein of form as he went on to win the Volvo Masters, the European Tour's season-ending event, in Spain in October and then back-to-back titles in Japan at the Casio World Open, his first triumph in Japan, and the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup. He became the third Indian to win the UBS Order of Merit title with record earnings of US$591,884. Such was his great form that the Indian also notched no fewer than 15 other Top-10 s on the Asian, Japan and European Tours. He also qualified and played in all four rounds at the US Open in Winged Foot. Was also named the Players' Player of the Year and also won the UBS Special Achievement Award for his magical season. Prior to 2006, Jeev had come close to winning at the start of the 2005 season in the Okinawa Open. He led the third round by four shots but was overtaken by a fast-charging Kiyoshi Miyazato in the final round and settled for tied second place. Posted two other Top-10 s. In 2002, Jeev became the first player from his country to qualify for the US Open. He carded four straight 75s to settle for joint 62nd position in what was his first appearance in a Major. His American adventure continued at the US PGA Tour Qualifying School finals where he was on the verge of securing his card for 2003 before a disappointing final round 77 when a level-par round would have seen him through. Jeev was also the first Indian golfer to qualify for the European Tour. Having won his card at the end of 1997, he contended for numerous titles, but relinquished his playing rights in 2002 and focused primarily in Asia and Japan. In 1996, he was part of the Indian team that stunned Scotland in the Dunhill Cup in St Andrews where Jeev beat Andrew Coltart. Jeev wrote his name into the European Tour record books at the 2001 Dubai Desert Classic. On his way to a sixth place finish, he needed just 94 putts in four rounds for an average of 23.5 putts per round. That bettered the old mark set by England?s Russell Claydon who took 96 putts at the 2000 Italian Open. Has finished second in the following events - 1995 Passport Open, Korea, lost in a play-off in the 1997 Asia Pacific Ericsson Masters in Indonesia, 1998 Hero Honda Masters, 1998 Thailand Open, tied second in the 1999 South African Open and 2001 Iiyama Cup, 2006 Pakistan Open, 2006 SK Telecom Open in Korea and 2006 Yomiuri Memorial Open in Japan. Joined the European Tour in 1998 becoming the first Indian golfer to qualify for that tour.
5 - 1995 Asian Match play Championship, Philippine Classic, 1996 Philip Morris Asia Cup, 1999 Lexus International, 2006 Volvo China Open.
1 - 2006 Volvo China Open
Japan PGA Tour
2 - Casio World Open and Golf Nippon Series JT Cup
1997 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.26; money - (euro)83,824 and GBP 59,874 (ranked 104th); best finish -T8th, Compass Group English Open.
1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.36; money - (euro)222,783 and GBP 159,131 (ranked 50th); best finish -T2nd, Mercedes-Benz Vodacom South African Open.
2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 13; in money - 5; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 72.63 (ranked 56th); money - (euro)68,199 or GBP 40,560 (ranked 145th); best finish -T5th, Benson & Hedges Malaysian Open.
2001 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.16 (ranked 26th); money - ?30,314,325 (ranked 34th); best finish, T2nd Japan Golf Tour Championship IIyama Cup.
2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 10; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.13 (ranked T55th); money - (euro)174,011 or GBP 108,193 (ranked 108th); best finish, T6th, Dubai Desert Classic and Telefonica Open de Madrid.
2002 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 71.58 (ranked 54th); money - ?11,106,0665 (ranked 75th); best finish, T18th Sun Chlorella Classic.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 8; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.65 (ranked 142nd); money - (euro)83,347 or GBP 53,143 (ranked 152nd); best finish, T10th, Omega European Masters.
2003 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average - 71.84 (ranked 58th); money - ?11,325,254 (ranked 74th); best finish, T13th, Georgia Tokai Classic.
2004 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 70.90 (ranked 15th); money - ?24,789,788 (ranked 45th); best finish, T2nd, Munsingwear Open KSB
2005 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.23 (ranked T35th); money - ?23,615,666 (ranked 51st); best finish, T2nd, Asia Japan Okinawa Open.
2006 Japan PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 12; scoring average - 69.72 (ranked 2nd); money - ?111,579,411 or $952,042 (ranked 2nd); Winner, Casio World Open and Golf Nippon Series JT Cup.
2006 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.09 (ranked 36th); money - (euro)1,173,1771 or GBP 785,917 (ranked 16th); Winner, Volvo China Open and Volvo Masters.