Jeev to begin new season with Woods
The winner of the UBS Asian Tour Order of Merit will be accompanied by three other Indians - Jyoti Randhawa, Shiv Kapur and Harmeet Kahlon.Updated: Jan 07, 2007 14:49 IST
Having spent a brilliant last season, India's Jeev Milkha Singh will begin his new year in the company of Tiger Woods at the Dubai Classic tournament at the Emirates Golf Club from February 1 to 4.
Jeev, the winner of the UBS Asian Tour Order of Merit, is currently ranked 37th following his four wins on three Tours and will provide a taste of 'Incredible India' on the tour.
The Chandigarh Pro will be accompanied by three other Indians -- Jyoti Randhawa, Shiv Kapur and Jeev's Chandigarh city-mate Harmeet Kahlon.
Both Randhawa and Kapur have full playing rights in Europe as well as Asia, while Kahlon qualified for the Dubai Classic by winning the EMAAR-PGTI title.
"I am looking forward to playing in the Dubai Desert Classic, a tournament which I believe is one of the best-organised events in the world," Jeev said.
"I know there are a lot of Indians out there in the UAE, who will be keenly watching our progress and all I can say is that we will try and give our best to ensure they are not disappointed," he added.
Jeev, who went through seven years without a title, won the Volvo China Open and then added the Volvo Masters in Spain and back-to-back wins in Japan, on his way to a first UBS Asian Tour order of merit title.
Finishing inside top-50 of the world has also assured Jeev starts in all four Majors as well as the high-profile and lucrative World Golf Championships events.
"It was an uphill battle for me, but I am fortunate enough to be back in the winning circle," Jeev said.
"It's been a dream year for me. I think Asians have a lot of talent and that they can play with the best in the world.
"Playing against some of the top golfers will always be tough, but I have seen Woods playing and have learnt a lot from him," said Jeev, who was conferred the 'Punjab Golf Rattan' award by the Punjab Golf Association.
Mohamed Juma Buamaim, Vice Chairman of 'golf in DUBAI', who promote the event, said the Indian contingent would be the flavour of the event with many fans coming from the subcontinent.
"First, I would like to congratulate Jeev for his stunning success and, I hope, we all will see some flashes of his brilliance at the Majlis course," he said.
"Jeev has been a familiar name on our draw and even when he was struggling to break into the winning circle we had invited him to compete in our event."
"I hope a strong Indian contingent in the field will spice up the flavour of our event and many of their fans will come from India and other places to watch them in action."
"That was one of the main reasons why we have invited Harmeet Kahlon to our tournament after his victory in the Emaar-MGF PGTI Championship which we promoted on behalf of one of partners Emaar in Bangalore in December," Buamaim added.
First Published: Jan 07, 2007 14:45 IST