Super Singh Heads to Volvo Masters of Asia

Thu 11 Dec 2008

Super Singh Heads to Volvo Masters of Asia

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Bangkok, December 11: New Asian number one Jeev Milkha Singh will bring down the curtain on his record-breaking year at the Volvo Masters of Asia next week, organisers confirmed today.
Singh wrapped up the Asian Tour?s Order of Merit title for the second time with a dramatic victory over Major winners Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson at the US$5 million Barclays Singapore Open in November and an 11th place finish at the following week?s UBS Hong Kong Open.
The 36-year-old Indian raced past long-time leader Mark Brown of New Zealand with winnings of US$1,447,481 - the first player to break through the million-dollar barrier in a single season.
Singh, who also triumphed in Japan last weekend to move up to 36 in the World Rankings, has been courted by organisers to compete in the South African Open but has chosen to play in the Volvo Masters of Asia at Thai Country Club from December 18-21.
?I am going to be there for the Volvo Masters of Asia,? said Singh. ?I will miss the South African Open, which is my sponsor?s event, but I want to be in Thailand to play the tournament and pick up the Order of Merit award at the gala dinner on the Sunday night.?
Singh was not eligible to play the season finale last year but finished joint sixth in 2006 to confirm his position as Asian number one.
"I have very good memories from 2006 when I was crowned Order of Merit champion after the Volvo Masters of Asia ,? added Singh, who won the Volvo Masters on the European Tour in 2006. ?Thai Country Club is an excellent golf course. I love it the way the golf course sets up and I am keen to play there again.
?It will be fantastic to play the season-ending event on the Asian Tour especially as the new Asian number one. The Tour means so much to me, it was where I started out.?
Singh will be looking to give himself a belated birthday present as he turns 37 on December 15.
The Indian's win on Sunday in the Nippon Series JT Cup was a valiant and emotional one as his wife Kudrat delivered their first child stillborn in Japan. Singh wanted to withdraw from the event but at his wife's insistence, he carried on playing.
"I will dedicate this win to my wife. She is healthy now and better things are on the way," Singh told the media.
It?s been an outstanding season on the golf course for Singh as he also won the Sega Sammy Cup in Japan and the Bank Austria Golf Open.
His performances in the Majors that have also been most eye catching. For the second year in a row he made the cut in the US Masters and finished equal 25th while arguably his finest ever week since turning professional in 1993 came when he placed tied for ninth in the US PGA Championship ? where he was the first round leader
He is guaranteed starts in all four Majors next season.
Thailand?s Prayad Marksaeng, who like Singh has had a wonderful season with three wins on the Japan Golf Tour including the prestigious Dunlop Phoenix last month, will defend his title against the top-65 finishers on the Asian Tour.
Commenting on the news that the Volvo Masters of Asia will proceed as planned following recent political problems, Per Ericsson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Volvo Event Management said: ?Everyone associated with Volvo is delighted that the Volvo Masters of Asia has been given the green light, and will be able to go ahead as scheduled."
He added: ?Now, for the seventh successive season, the Volvo Masters of Asia will be able to draw the Asian Tour season to its characteristically high-class climax and I am especially pleased for the players who have worked so hard to earn their place in the elite field and also those Thai spectators to whom the event has become a firm favourite in the sporting calendar.?
The Volvo Masters of Asia, which is being staged at the Thai Country Club for the fourth straight year, is the Tour Championship and a favourite tournament with the players.
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