Jeev aims to improve ranking
Jeev Milkha Singh will aim to arrest the recent slump in his rankings when he tees off in the strong field at the inaugural Ballantine's Championship at the Pinx Golf Club here this week.
Jeev, ranked 90th according to the latest world rankings, would look to catch the highest ranked Indian in the charts, Jyoti Randhawa at 75.
The Chandigarh golfer, who finished an agonising second at the recent Indonesian Open, has good memories of the venue where he turned in a good performance at the 2006 SK Telecom before being pipped by Thailand's Prom Meesawat.
This week's USD 2.9 million event co-sanctioned by the Asian, European and Korean PGA Tours, will once again see Jeev rubbing shoulders with Meesawat, Korea's Choi Kyung-yu as well as reigning British Open champion Irishman Padraig Harrington and two-time Major winner Sandy Lyle from Scotland.
Ryder Cup stars Thomas Bjorn of Denmark, Ireland's Paul McGinley and Japanese Shingo Katayama will also be in action.
American Chris DiMarco a three-time runner-up in Majors
And fast-rising star Korean star Anthony Kim, who has six top-10 finishes on the USPGA Tour are also expected to feature strongly among the contenders.
The gusty and chilly conditions at the Pinx Golf Club are likely to be a factor in deciding the winner.