‘Nothing comes close to this’
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With his win in the Scottish Open on Sunday, Jeev Milkha Singh not only surpassed compatriot Arjun Atwal with the most wins (four) on the European Tour, but also booked a berth in the British Open, starting later this week — which will be played at the Royal Lyntham and St Annes Golf Club in England. The Chandigarh-based golfer emerged triumphant at Iverness, Scotland, despite starting the final day on tied-16th. In the chat with Sportline, Singh, 40, talks about his greatest 15-foot birdie putt, his preparations for the Open and why he prefers to reside in London. Excerpts:
On Saturday night, lying so far away from the leaders, did you honestly give yourself a chance at the title? Secondly, what does this win mean?
Yes, I did give myself a chance. I backed myself. I had been playing well in the first three rounds in the recent tournaments and all I wanted to do was to play a good round of golf on Sunday. It's a great feeling to win in Scotland, the home of golf.
Out of all your European Tour wins, where would this one rank?
I have won four tournaments on the European Tour but nothing comes close to this win. With players like world number one Luke Donald playing, the win means a lot more than any of my other wins. It was played on a links course, so I had to constantly use my imagination all the time and hit low golf balls. The conditions were also a bit windy, but in the end, I managed to score one of the most important wins of my career.
What was going through your mind before you sank that 15-foot putt in the last hole? Having lost a playoff in the Ballantine's Championship in 2008 to Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, did you feel any extra pressure?
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