Going with his belief of “not playing for the sake of it”, defending champion Jeev Milkha Singh will be giving the Japan Tour's lucrative Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup a miss due to his current inability “to compete and be in contention”.
Instead, Jeev, who is yet to recover from the inter-costal muscle injury that made him miss the 138th Open Championship at Turnberry last week, will continue with his rehabilitation. The objective is to be in line for an August 6 return when the PGA Tour's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Country Club, Akron, Ohio. The PGA Championship, the year's last Major, will immediately follow the $8,500,000 event.
“One always feels bad about not being able to defend a title. The Japan Tour has always welcomed me, so it is indeed a pity. But then it is also important to recover fully from the rib-cage muscle injury,” said Jeev on Tuesday from Chandigarh.
“I missed the British Open and it was as painful to do that. But I have learnt that it is better to take the strong and harsh decision now than aggravate the problem and regret event more,” he said.
To be staged at Hokkaido's North Country Golf Club, Jeev had won the 130,000,000-yen tournament last year by two shots with a six-under 66.