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Playing through pain, Jeev makes a big statement

other Updated: Oct 30, 2009 23:42 IST

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Playing through pain, India’s Jeev Milkha Singh made a sensational debut on Thursday at the Volvo World Match Play Championships by stunning European Money leader Lee Westwood, the world number five, by a whopping six holes at the Finca Cortesin course, west of Málaga.

The Indian star, who is battling an ankle injury and also gave up his defence of the Singapore Open being played halfway across the world, still has two more matches against Camilo Villegaes and Ross Fisher left in his group.

Jeev, who also missed the Frys.com Open in Phoenix last week because of the injured ankle, not just defeated Westwood, but also severely dented his chances of improving on his number five world ranking and advancing to the semi-finals of the competition.

The margin was the biggest of the day and it could lead to an early exit for Westwood. Westwood, however, could still keep his top position on the European Money List as two of his closest rivals, second placed Martin Kaymer and fourth-placed Paul Casey, cannot make the weekend's semi-finals.