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Jeev paired with Tiger Woods

The ace Indian golfer tees up against Tiger Woods and defending champion David Howell at the star-studded HSBC Champions.

india Updated: Nov 07, 2006 17:52 IST

Jeev Milkha Singh carries his brilliant form into what will be his biggest event in Asia this year as he tees up against the world's best bets like Tiger Woods and defending champion David Howell at the star-studded HSBC Champions starting on Thursday.

Jeev will play first two rounds with Tiger Woods, as the World No. 1 and Asia No. 1 go out together in the featured group.

The Indian ace, who leads the UBS Asian Tour Order of Merit, won the Volvo Masters of Europe and came within a whisker of notching back-to-back wins with as finished second in Japan Tour event last week.

"Playing with Tiger is always an honour and I will enjoy it," said Jeev.

"I know I am in good form and am striking the ball well. The Japan finish was a disappointment after having been so close. I missed a short three-foot putt on 17th and then a four-footer on 18th for a three-put and lost by one."

Twice winner this season, Jeev, who began the year at 376 in world rankings has climbed more than 300 spots and is now 73rd in the world.

"My goal is to get into the top-50 which will get me into the Majors. I have had a long season, but will now take rest towards the end as I have some big events coming up including UBS Hong Kong and Volvo Masters of Asia. But first the aim is HSBC Champions this week," he said.

First Published: Nov 07, 2006 17:52 IST