Singh seeking more Singapore success

11/1/2012 11:02:59 AM
Jeev Milkha Singh   (Getty Images)
Jeev Milkha Singh (Getty Images)

Indian Jeev Milkha Singh believes he is back to his best form as he aims to emulate his 2008 victory at next week’s Barclays Singapore Open.

Singh enjoyed one of his finest seasons four years ago, winning the Barclays Singapore Open – Asia’s most lucrative national Open – en route to finishing a career-high 12th in The Race to Dubai.

The amiable Indian is enjoying a solid 2012 campaign, winning the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in July, and he will arrive at the Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong course in confident mood ahead of the US$6 million tournament.

“This year it will be played on one course, and when I won it was also played on one course. So I’ll think of some positive vibes from 2008 and carry that with me to the tournament,” said Singh.

The Barclays Singapore Open is sanctioned by The European and Asian Tours, and will draw many of the top golfers in the world, including World Number One Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, three-time champion Adam Scott of Australia, American star Phil Mickelson and 2010 Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa.

“The field is always strong at the Barclays Singapore Open, and I look forward to the challenge. I remember when I won, I had to make a fantastic par on the last hole to defeat Padraig (Harrington) and Ernie (Els) by one shot,” said the 40 year old.

“The Sentosa Golf Club is a fantastic course, and your game has to be sharp. You’ve got to hit some good shots out there because if you don’t, you will shoot a big number. It’s very demanding, and a great test of golf with a lot of driving holes.”

Singh expressed his delight at the success of young Indians Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri, who will also feature in the elite event and have a combined total of six Asian Tour victories.

“The boys are doing well. There are so many good players coming out of India, and it is good for the game. It is a global sport, and these guys are hungry and that’s the beauty about it. I’m happy to see Indian golf going in the right direction,” said Singh.