INDIA’S TOP GOLFER JEEV MILKHA SINGH SET FOR ROYAL TROPHY MATCHES IN BRUNEI


Jeev Milkha Singh, India’s most prominent golfer in history, has been appointed by Asian Team Captain Naomichi ‘Joe’ Ozaki for the Royal Trophy Matches to be played between the continents of Asia and Europe on 14-16 December at The Empire Hotel & Country Club in the Sultanate of Brunei.

“I am really looking forward to playing for the Asian Team at the Royal Trophy for the fourth time,” said the winner of twenty professional career tournament titles.

“The Europeans are consistently very strong and have a great tradition of team match play. But our Asian Team is very solid for this next edition of the Royal Trophy and I am confident that we will perform very well,” added the top Indian golfer who is a multiple time tournament title winner in the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour and Asian Tour.

“As I have said before, for the Asian players the Royal Trophy has quickly become our Ryder Cup and it is a huge sporting event on the calendar now. For our Asian Team to win the Royal Trophy against the Europeans, after that dramatic victory they enjoyed in the US at the Ryder Cup, would be tremendous. I will do all possible to make it happen for the people of Asia and for the people of India,” further commented the winner of the 2012 Scottish Open.

“I am thankful to Captain Ozaki for nominating me for this great Asian Team. I will play my heart out for him and for my teammates,” concluded the former winner of the Volvo Masters, Singapore Open, China Open, Casio World Open and the Japan Golf Tour season-ending Golf Nippon Series.

A two-time Asian Order of Merit winner, Singh has placed as high as fourth place at a World Golf Championships – the 2009 WGC-CA Championship played in Florida, finished tied ninth at the 2008 PGA Championship, has represented India in numerous national team championships including at the traditional World Cup of Golf and will bring into the Royal Trophy the confidence of having defeated European Team Member Francesco Molinari earlier this year in a head-to-head play off to secure the Scottish Open title.

A recipient of the ‘Padma Shri’ – the highest civil award from the Government of India and broadly perceived by his peers as a true golf statesman, Singh will bring a wealth of experience to the Asian Team.

“This will be the fourth time that I will count with Jeev Milkha Singh’s deep experience and excellent strategic capability at the Asian Team. Jeev is a player that I would be glad to count on in any continent, under any format of competition and against any player in the world,” said the two-time Japan Open champion Ozaki.

“Jeev is clearly one of the truly hard working players on the Tour, and the work has paid off. He has prevailed in play-off encounters against great players such as Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington, previously finished in the top ten at the PGA Championship, formerly won one of the most important tournaments in the European Tour – the Volvo Masters at Valderrama, has the experience of playing at all four Majors and brings with him the experience of competing full-time on all of the Major Tours – the US PGA Tour, the European Tour, the Asian Tour and our own Japan Golf Tour,” added the two-time Japanese Order of Merit champion Ozaki.

“I will bring to Brunei a solid combination of experience and youth; powerful driving and finesse around the greens – all enveloped in determination to win for the Asian Continent,” concluded the Asian golfing giant.

“Jeev is a player that requires no introduction. I am certain that he will add tremendous equity to the Asian Team and excitement to the Event,” stated Lincoln Venancio, Managing Director of the Royal Trophy.

“He knows the structure and format of the Royal Trophy very well and is a highly accomplished match play player – having previously won the Asian Match Play Championship, having achieved a top-ten finish at the World Match Play Championship in 2011 and having played for Asia in the Royal Trophy three times previously. He is undoubtedly a very powerful addition to Captain Naomichi ‘Joe’ Ozaki’s formidable Team,” added Lincoln Venancio.

Jeev Milkha Singh joins six previously nominated players for the Naomichi ‘Joe’ Ozaki Asian battalion – namely Japanese superstar Ryo Ishikawa, Asia’s first Major winner Y.E. Yang, Asian Games double gold medalist K.T. Kim, 2011 Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit winner Bae Sang-moon, 2012 Japan Golf Tour Championship winner Yoshinori Fujimoto and Chinese golfing star Wu Ashun.

European Team Captain José Maria Olazábal, who led the Europeans to a most remarkable victory against the Americans earlier this year at the Ryder Cup, is presently at the half way mark in the construction of a Team which promises to be Europe’s strongest ever for the Royal Trophy. The former two-time Masters champion Spaniard has already appointed three of the players he led to glory in Chicago – Paul Lawrie, Nicolas Colsaerts and Francesco Molinari, as well as the legendary eight-time European Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie OBE.

The sixth edition of the Royal Trophy will be played on 14-16 December at the seven-star Empire Hotel & Country Club’s magnificent Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course; set amidst the world’s second largest rain forest – Borneo and the pristine South China Sea. The Matches will be played as a tribute to the late five-time Major winner Seve Ballesteros, the visionary behind Europe and Asia being brought together for a major continental series of matches.

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