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Jeev in European Open with an eye on The Open Championship ticket

Written by: Staff
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County Kildare, Ireland, July 5 (UNI) A resurgent Jeev Milkha Singh tees off at the European Open here tomorrow, bidding for a ticket to The Open Championship later this month.

The globe-trotting Indian star, the leader of the Asian Tour's UBS Order of Merit, takes on a star-studded cast in the European Tour event and will be joined by compatriot Jyoti Randhawa.

And Jeev hopes his putter won't let him down here.

''I think I hit the ball the best I have this year actually, but I just did not convert anything. I had 33 putts (in the final round of UBS Japan Golf Tour Championship last week), which does not help,'' he said.

''I think putting is all mental and I need to concentrate more on that than anything else. I have been putting well, but I am not trusting it. I am normally a very good putter. I just have to work harder on the putting and we will sort it out,'' Jeev added.

Jeev's triumph at the Volvo China Open, his first title in seven years, sparked a terrific run of form where he went on to post five other top-10s in Asia and the Japan Golf Tour over a span of 10 tournaments.

In between, the Indian also qualified and played in all four rounds at the US Open and his second trip to Europe this season will see him bid for a place at The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, England later this month.

Jeev is also slated to play in next week's Barclays Scottish Open and the leading player in the top-10, not otherwise exempt for The Open, in the two European Tour events will earn at ticket to Royal Liverpool.

Meanwhile, among the top stars Singh must contend with this week include Retief Goosen, Michael Campbell, Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington at The K Club which will also host the Ryder Cup later in September.

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