Jeev Milkha Singh announces return to competitive golf after one year
Jeev Milkha Singh announced on Tuesday that he will compete at this week's Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational in Chandigarh, the legendary Indian golfer’s first competitive event in one year.
The tournament being staged at Jeev’s home course, the Chandigarh Golf Club, for the fourth year in succession and offers a handsome prize purse of 1.5 crore.
The legendary Jeev Milkha Singh is the first Indian professional golfer to have a PGTI event named after him. Jeev conquered uncharted territory over two decades back when he became one of the first Indian golfers to taste success at the international level. Since then he has added many more firsts and Indian records to his name.
Jeev has the rare distinction of being the only Indian to have won the Asian Tour Order of Merit twice (in 2006 & 2008). He has won multiple titles on the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour and Asian Tour and has 14 Major appearances to his name. Jeev has also achieved a career-high world ranking of 28, an Indian record.
Tournament host Jeev Milkha Singh said, “I eagerly look forward to hosting the fourth edition of the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational Presented by TAKE. I'm proud of the fact that the tournament has emerged as one of the biggest attractions on the Indian golf calendar in recent years in terms of the depth of the field, the handsome prize purse on offer, the high level of competition and the excellent playing conditions provided by the host venue Chandigarh Golf Club.
“All the previous three editions of the event have lived up to the expectations of golf fans with the winner being decided in a playoff each time. I expect another closely-contested affair this year."
Jeev, who is making his first appearance after a gap of one year also said, “I'm looking forward to play at the senior tours, but first I would like to play in a few tournaments before I take off for the senior tour. I will be playing two tournaments on the Asian Tour in the coming weeks and hopefully some events in the Middle East and Monaco next year.”
The event will include notable international players such as Shiv Kapur, SSP Chawrasia, Jyoti Randhawa, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Udayan Mane and Rashid Khan. The presence of defending champion and PGTI Order of Merit leader Karandeep Kochhar and former champions Ajeetesh Sandhu (2019) and Chikkarangappa (2018), also adds to the strength of the field.
The main event will be preceded by the Pro-Am event on November 10.
This year’s Pro-Am event has been dedicated to Indian sports legend Milkha Singh, Jeev Milkha Singh’s father, who passed away earlier this year. The Pro-Am event has been named as – Milkha Singh Pro-Am Day, a tribute to the Legend.