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Jeev Milkha Singh to lead Indian challenge in Singapore Open

Written by: Staff
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Singapore, Aug 9 (UNI) Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Jeev Milkha Singh will lead the Indian challenge in the Barclays Singapore Open title, dubbed ''Major of Asia'', here in September.

Australian Adam Scott will arrive for the defence of his title as one of the hottest properties in world golf after his bold display at the British Open cast him in the role of a Major champion in waiting.

Indian hopes would rest on the shoulder of Jeev, whose career graph went soaring this year and the seasoned pro replaced compatriot Jyoti Randhawa to emerge as the highest ranked Indian golfer.

Meanwhile, the sweet-swinging 26-year-old Scott, the world number six, said he was anticipating again taking on the menacing Serapong course and a quality field from September 7-10.

''I had a great time last year in Sentosa. It was a tough week.

It was very hot and the course was set up great with some of the longest rough that we've ever played on,'' he recalled.

''I'm looking forward to coming back in September. I hope they will set it up tough again as it was really a good test of golf. I remember just playing so well in the last round and ending up kind of running away with the tournament.

''I haven't played in Asia since winning in Singapore last year so it'll be a good time for me to go back,'' he added.

Barclays has signed a five-year sponsorship deal and the prize money has gone up from two to three million dollar.

Scott will defend his title against a strong field which includes Ernie Els of South Africa, currently world ranked seventh, a resurgent Lee Westwood of England who was runner up in 2005, Japanese number one Shingo Katayama and Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand.

''It should be another quality field and I think the event has a bright future. Hopefully, there will be many more returns to the Singapore Open (for me),'' Scott said.

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