The Royal Trophy will be the start of yet another adventure for Asian golf’s most accomplished globe-trotter – Jeev Milkha Singh. After enjoying tremendous success on his home Continent, and on the European and Japan Tours, the Indian superstar has decided to base himself in America in 2010.

Singh has taken up membership of the US Tour, taking advantage of the opportunity afforded to him by his climb into the top fifty of the world rankings. It is a challenge that clearly excites Singh, who has never been afraid to test his game in every corner of the golfing globe.

He said: “I have played golf all over the world, and I have loved the variety and the chance to play in different conditions, and on widely contrasting courses.

“But I have never played much professional golf in America, even though I went to college there. So the fact that my top fifty status meant I could join the PGA Tour without having to go through Qualifying School was too good to miss.

“Everyone accepts that the events in America have the strongest fields and carry more world ranking points than anywhere else. If you want to test yourself against the best and try to take your game to a new level, it is the place to be. And at 38, I feel this is the right time for me to do this.

“I need to play at least 15 PGA Tour events to meet my obligations, but I will still play quite a few tournaments abroad. I have always been a golfer who likes to play a full schedule, rather than take long breaks.”

Probably the finest example of Singh’s ability to perform superbly in any environment came when he enjoyed a glorious climax to the 2008 season. He started the ball rolling with victory in one of Europe’s biggest tournaments, the Volvo Masters in Spain, adding to his victory earlier in the year at the Austrian Open.

He then won the prestigious Barclays Singapore Open to wrap up his second Asian Tour Order of Merit title, having also achieved that feat in 2006. Singh then extended the unstoppable run when he transferred his attentions to the Japan Tour, where he won back-to-back events, the Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup and the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup.

It was a sensational run, and Singh began to formulate his plan to take on America next after securing his best finish in a World Golf Championship event – a fourth place finish at the 2009 CA Championship in Florida.

Singh added: “That really gave me a taste for the American style of golf, and as I had also finished in the top ten at the last of the 2008 Majors, the PGA Championship, I felt I had the game to do well in the USA.

“Now I will find out. I have won 19 titles in my professional career, and it would be nice if I could win number twenty in America.

“But first there is the Royal Trophy in Thailand, and I am very excited about representing Asia against Europe in this next edition of the Championship. This is a tremendously important Match and it will be fantastic if Asia can prevail at the Royal Trophy for a second consecutive time.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience of playing in the Royal Trophy in 2007, even though we were unable to hold back the Europeans on that occasion. Although I was not part of the Team that won for the first time in 2009, I was delighted by news of that result. I am very much looking forward to being part of an Asian Team bidding to stage a successful defense.

“I will give it my utmost effort to represent the people of Asia well and do justice to our great Continent.”

“Jeev has had a fantastic year and he is coming into the Royal Trophy with a lot of confidence. He could add great strength and bring a lot of experience to the Asian Team;” said the Royal Trophy Managing Director, Lincoln Venancio.

“The Fourth Edition of the Royal Trophy certainly promises to a magnificent series of matches;” added Lincoln Venancio.

The fourth edition of the Royal Trophy will take place on 8-10 January 2010 at the exclusive Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, Thailand. The Championship will feature a series of sixteen matches including the foursomes, four-ball and singles formats. The Principal Award for the winning Continent is stewardship of the perpetual solid-silver sixteen-kilogram Trophy, graciously donated by the world’s longest reigning Monarch – His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. The Royal Trophy is co-organized in Thailand by the Sports Authority of Thailand and Entertainment and Sports Co., Ltd., and is promoted internationally by Entertainment Group Limited.

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