Country: India, DOB: 15 Dec 1971, Height: 6ft 0ins (1.83 meters), Interests: Watching movies, Family: Wife Kudrat, Attachment Jumeirah Golf Estates, Tours: Asian Tour, European Tour, PGA Tour
Jubilant Jeev was destined to excel in the world of sport – his father is Olympic Sprinter Milka Singh, known fondly as ‘The Flying Sikh’, and Jeev has followed in his father’s fast footsteps to emerge as one of India’s finest sport exports. Jeev have three sisters.
Jeev became the first Indian golfer to qualify for the European Tour, winning a coveted card at qualifying school in 1997. Now one of the hardest working professionals on the tour, Jeev played a remarkable 39 events in 2006, winning the Volvo Masters and the Volvo China Open and topping the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
2007 brought one of Jeev’s greatest honours to date – being presented with the prestigious Padmashri Award from the Indian Government for his contribution to sports, almost 50 years after his father received the same award in 1959.
Jeev had an excellent 2008 season on tour claiming victories in the Bank Austria Golf Open, Sega Sammy Cup, Barclays Singapore Open where he edged out Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington for the title and finally the Golf JT Series Nippon Cup in Japan. Jeev topped the Asian Tour Order of Merit - the first million dollar man on the Asian Tour, won the Asian Tour Players' Player of the Year Award and jumped to a career high of 36th in the Official World Golf Rankings.
I have a very organised fitness regime whilst I'm on tour.
Monday is always Travel Day so I use this as a rest day from fitness as well.
Every morning from Tuesday through to Sunday I have a 30 minute Yoga session. This is something I really enjoy and feel the benefits on and off the course.
Three times a week I will run, cycle or pump iron in order to keep me in trim and fit for the rigours of the golf course - we often have weather delays and sometimes play more than 18 holes in a day so being in shape is vital to keep ahead of the game.
During my rest time when I am at home I still do my Yoga but will run, cycle and stretch every day just to keep my regime going.
35th Official World Golf Rankings
33rd European Tour Race to Dubai €132,889
Best Performances 2009
Dubai Desert Classic 16T
Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 16T
Abu Dhabi Golf championship 26T
2008 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup
2008 Barclays Singapore Open
2008 SEGA Sammy Cup
2008 Bank Austria GolfOpen
2006 Volvo Masters
2006 Volvo China Open
2006 Casio World Open
2006 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup
1999 Lexus International
1996 Philip Morris Asia Cup
1995 Asian Match Play Championship
1995 Philippine Classic
1995 Thailand PGA Championship
1995 Mahindra BPGC Open
1995 Toyota Crown Open
1994 Shinhan Donghae Open
1994 Northern Indian Open
1993 Bukit Kaira Golf Championship
1st 2008 Asian Tour Order of Merit $1,452,701
12th 2008 European Tour Order of Merit €1,218,209
46th 2007 European Tour Order of Merit €717,791
11th 2006 European Tour Order of Merit €1,173,177
188th 2005 European Tour Order of Merit €42,845
200th 2004 Volvo Order of Merit €28,817
326th 2003 Volvo Order of Merit €1,773
152nd 2002 Volvo Order of Merit €83,347
108th 2001 Volvo Order of Merit €174,011
145th 2000 Volvo Order of Merit €68,199
50th 1999 Volvo Order of Merit €222,783
104th 1998 Volvo Order of Merit £59,874
The Royal Trophy 2007
Phoenix Dynasty Cup 2003
Alfred Dunhill Cup 1996, 1999
Eisenhower Trophy (Amateur) 1988, 1992
Indian Boys, Youths, Seniors 1988 - 1992
CARRY ON, JEEV MILKHA SINGH!
Jeev Milkha Singh, who won the Volvo Masters last week, had been written off by critics. But the Marathon Man, as he’s known in Indian golf circles, has given India its finest sporting moment in many years
When Digraj Singh, director, Tiger Sports Marketing, learnt of Jeev Milkha Singh’s victory in the Volvo Masters, his first thoughts went back to the day his golfer buddy blew up the amateur India Open tournament.
It was in the late 1980s. The two teenagers were sitting in Jeev’s Chandigarh home, their heads bent down, as Jeev’s father, Milkha Singh, gave them a piece of his mind. “He was livid. He told Jeev, ‘Ek chotti si ball control nahi hondi hai (you can’t control a small ball),” remembers Digraj.
Milkha Singh — the legendary sprinter of the Sixties — would have taken that back by now. Last week, his son, 34-year-old Jeev Milkha Singh, won the Volvo Masters at Sotogrande in Spain. The win matters because the tournament is among the three biggest events in Europe and no Indian has gone that far.
“This is a great win for Indian golf,” says fellow golfer Jyoti Randhawa. “Jeev has set a very high standard for others. It will add new zing to golf and encourage youngsters to take up the sport seriously,” he adds.
For Jeev, this year’s twin wins have got the monkey off his back. The golfer ended a seven-year drought when he won the Volvo China Open — a co-sanctioned event between the Asian and European tours — in April this year. “Jeev had been written off by critics,” says golfer Shiv Kapur. “He was hauled up for his non-textbook style of playing golf.”
But Jeev, clearly, came back with a vengeance. With a win that can be compared to Prakash Padukone’s victory in the All England badminton championships in 1980, he has given India its finest sporting moment in many years. Also, with the Volvo Masters’ prize money of $840,000, he has bagged a bigger booty than any Indian who plays sports for a living.
Jeev — ranked Asia’s number one golfer — says reverse psychology worked for him. At the Volvo China Open this year, he didn’t play to win. “I have always tried too hard to win,” Jeev said after the victory in Beijing. “This time, I went in thinking if it doesn’t happen, no sweat.”
Born with the genes of two sports persons — mother Nirmal Kaur captained the Indian volleyball team — Jeev was playing golf even before he learnt his time-tables. Like Tiger Woods, he was introduced to the sport as a caddy, in hometown Chandigarh. “I used to carry my father’s golf clubs when he played. I was awestruck at how a small ball could be hit with such power over long distances,” remembers Jeev. By the time he turned eight, studies had taken a back seat. “It was only golf,” he says.
Jeev is known to joke that he took up golf because he wanted to play a game that he could keep at till the age of 70. But those who know him say he is passionate about the sport.
Jeev’s parents did not want him to make a career out of sports — they thought it had no future. When their eight-year-old son was found spending more time on the golf course than in class, he was packed off to a boarding school in Shimla. “Even there, Jeev kept in touch with the game. He was abreast with all golfing developments. We finally gave in and let him pursue the sport,” says mother Nirmal Kaur.
Buddy Digraj Singh remembers the first time he met Jeev. A teenager, Jeev was playing at the Bangalore Golf Course. He had just hit a second shot. “The ball was still in flight. Jeev was walking behind it and saying, ‘Get into the hole’,” remembers Singh.
As a young golfer, Jeev worked hard on anger management. “He would lose his cool easily. He laboured to learn to keep his composure,” says Digraj Singh.
Singh recalls playing the National Games with Jeev. Both were amateurs. “All cameras were on Jeev, known then as Milkha Singh’s son. He got off to a good start,” says Singh.
In the eighth hole, Jeev made a glaring mistake — a double bogey — and went to par. “Jeev was visibly upset. But then, to keep his calm, he got philosophical. He told me these things happened,” recalls Singh.
Things kept going wrong. And in the fifteenth hole, he missed a small put. “Jeev let out such a cry of agony, it reverberated right up to the spectator stands,” Singh says.
In the early 1990s, Jeev travelled to England to participate in a golf championship that fetched him a scholarship at the Abilene Christian University in Texas in the US. Jeev remembers the golf more than the degree in business and international studies.
He soon became big in the Texas golf circuit — winning the Abilene Invitational and also titles in Oklahoma and California. In 1993, he turned professional after winning the Collegiate Player of the Year.
In Indian golf circles, Jeev — who idolises golfer Fred Couples — is known as the Marathon Man. “He plays 42 weeks of golf in a year,” says Jyoti Randhawa. To put that in perspective, Tiger Woods plays 25 to 26 weeks in a year. “Jeev has one of the toughest golfing schedules,” says Shiv Kapur.
In 2000, Jeev almost gave up golf when he suffered a nasty wrist injury. “It was an injury many golfers wouldn’t have overcome,” says father Milkha Singh. “Jeev used to cry and had almost given up the game,” he adds. But he got over it.
Next came the mental battle of getting back into the game. “When I came back after the injury, I wasn’t thinking the same way. I was putting pressure on myself,” says Jeev about his post-injury golf. The results were disastrous — he went on a match losing spree.
With golf’s slow pace and extended reaction time — where a player can ponder over each shot — mental toughness is imperative. “Jeev focussed on getting his mental make-up right. He consulted an instructor, read books and created his own positive thinking process,” says Digraj Singh.
With his game back in order, Jeev says golf has taught him a big lesson. “The most important thing I’ve learnt is to keep fighting,” he says. (With thanks from telegraphindia.com dated November 4, 2006)
Bangkok, December 22, 2008 (V Krishnaswamy): It was all signed and sealed but the official coronation took place soon after Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh holed his final putt at the Volvo Masters of Asia on the Asian Tour for the 2008 season here Sunday. It was only a par, but the birdies through the year and some sensational performances had seen him win the 2008 Asian Tour Order of Merit by a mile.
"It was nice knowing that the Merit title was mine soon after Singapore, but it always better to wrap your hands around the trophy officially," said Jeev, son of the legendary Olympian Milkha Singh.
"Now my goal is a Major, which I feel I am ready to contend for and it will also mean I can sit at the same table with my father." "I think I've got the game to win a Major. I feel it all depends on the mindset that week and how you deal with the pressure. I feel I do have the game and hopefully before my golfing career is over, I will have a Major under my belt," he added.
"It is always a big deal winning the Order of Merit on any Tour you play and to do it twice in three years is something I am very proud of. And yes, it also means a lot for Indian golf. This week you saw seven guys and two amateurs, playing in a field restricted to the best of Asia."
In a season that seemed a near-replica of the previous stellar season, 2006, Jeev won four times - twice in Japan and once each in Europe and Asia.
"But even then this has been the best year so far in my career. In 2006, I also had four wins but I rate this season better due to my performances in the Majors. It has given me a lot of confidence and I'm more comfortable and confident when I'm under pressure," said Jeev, whose best performance in the Majors was a top-10 at the PGA Championships.
He also finished the year inside top-50 at 36th and that ensures him a start in each of the fur Majors and the WGC, something he did even in 2006.
Jeev broke through a whole lot of landmarks in the season. He went past the $1 million dollar mark for earnings in a single season, and quickly added, "That shows how big Asian Tour has become." The win at the Singapore Open on Asian Tour came after second place finishes in Indonesia and Korea. In Europe, he won the Bank Austria Open and in Japan he won the Sega Sammy Invitational and the Nippon Series JT Cup.
Talking of his family, which has been a great support, and which went through a personal tragedy in the very week he won the Nippon Series, he said, "My family has always been a source of great strength. They have been right behind me each time I have needed them, from the day I took sport and through my professional career."
He admits being son of a legend like Olympic quarter miler Milkha Singh, is never easy. "He is and will always be the icon in Indian sport. Yes, there is pressure in being compared with him. But that is something I have learnt to live with and try to make my own name at the same time. He is also the inspiration for me." "Coming from a sporting family (his mother was also the captain of the national volleyball team), my father always emphasised discipline, work ethic and honesty. I've had positive feedback from my parents and that has helped get me to where I am today. My wife Kudrat has also been very supportive," he said. (IANS) (With thanks from headlinesindia.com) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------