|Jeev Milkha Singh Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||December 15, 1971|
Jeev Milkha Singh is an Indian professional golfer who, as of October 2022, was competing on the Asian Tour (the principal men’s professional golf tour in Asia, except for Japan). By October 2022, he won 5 titles on the Asian Tour – the 1995 Philippine Classic, the 1996 Asian Matchplay Championship, the 1996 Philip Morris Asian Cup, the 1999 Lexus International, and the 2008 Barclays Singapore Open. He had previously, primarily, plied his trade on the European Tour, the PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association of America) Tour (the main professional golf tour in the United States and North America), and the Japan Golf Tour. On the Japan Golf Tour, he won 4 titles – the 2006 Casio World Open, the 2006 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup, the 2008 Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup, and the 2008 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup. He was the first Indian player to have joined the European Tour (in 1998) and became the most successful Indian on that tour, winning 4 events – the 2006 Volvo China Open, the 2006 Volvo Masters, the 2008 Bank Austria GolfOpen, and the 2012 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Besides these, his other professional titles include the 1993 Southern Oklahoma State Open, the 1993 Bukit Kiara Golf Championship, the 1994 Northern Indian Open, the 1994 Shinhan Donghae Open, the 1995 Thailand PGA Championship, the 1995 Mahindra BPGC Open, and the 1995 Toyota Crown Open.
Jeev Milkha Singh
Jeev had attended the Bishop Cotton School, a boarding school in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. It is one of the oldest boarding schools for boys in Asia, having been founded in July 1859. He also studied at St. John’s High School in his hometown of Chandigarh.
After his high school graduation, he joined Abilene Christian University, a private Christian university in Abilene, Texas. He graduated from there with a degree in business and international studies in 1996. During his time there, Jeev won the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division II individual golf championship in 1993.
- Father – Milkha Singh (Former Sprinter, Former Member of the Indian Army, Padma Shri Awardee; ‘Gold’ Medalist at the 1958 Cardiff Commonwealth Games (440 yards), the 1958 Tokyo Asian Games (200 m, 400 m), and the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games (400 m, 4 × 400 m relay)) (d. June 18, 2021)
- Mother – Nirmal Saini (Former Captain of the Indian National Volleyball Team) (d. June 13, 2021)
- Siblings – Sonia Sanwalka (née Singh) (Older Sister) (Author), Mona Milkha Singh (Older Sister) (Doctor), Aleeza Grover (née Singh) (Older Sister)
- Others – Ishvar Singh (Paternal Aunt), Malkhan Singh (Paternal Uncle)
6 ft or 183 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Jeev has dated –
- Kudrat Brar (2008–Present) – Jeev married his childhood friend Kudrat Brar in a city court in Chandigarh in 2008. They have a son together named Harjai (b. 2010). Jeev also has a stepson named Jashan from Kudrat’s past marriage to a man named Manik Sher Gill.
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped hair
- Cheerful smile
- Sports a trimmed goatee
Jeev Milkha Singh Facts
- At the amateur tier, Jeev represented India in the Eisenhower Trophy (the biennial world amateur team championship for male golfers organized by the International Golf Federation, the world governing body for the sport) in both 1988 and 1992.
- At the professional tier, he represented India in the Alfred Dunhill Cup (a team golf tournament that ran from 1985 to 2000 and was promoted as the World Team Championship) in both 1996 and 1999. He also participated in the World Cup (a men’s golf tournament contested by teams of 2 representing their country) in both 2008 and 2009.
- He represented Asia in the Dynasty Cup (a men’s professional team golf competition between teams representing Asia and Japan) in 2003. He helped his team win the competition by a 14½–9½ scoreline.
- When Jeev won the Volvo China Open (co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour that year) in April 2006, he became just the 2nd Indian golfer (after Arjun Atwal) to have won a title on the European Tour.
- In October 2006, he became the first Indian golfer to break into the ‘Top 100’ of the Official World Golf Ranking, a system for rating the performance of professional golfers that was started in 1986.
- By the end of 2006, he became the first Indian to break into the ‘Top 50’ of the Official World Golf Ranking. Jeev achieved his peak world ranking of 28 in March 2009.
- In both 2006 and 2008, he was the Asian Tour ‘Order of Merit’ (a summation of results for several tournaments during the season) winner. His prize money amount of USD 1,452,702 on the Asian Tour in 2008 was still a record, as of October 2022.
- He represented Asia in the Royal Trophy (a men’s professional team golf tournament played between teams representing Europe and Asia) in 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012. He won the trophy on his 4th attempt, in 2012. The teams were tied at 8–8 after the final match that year. Asia then won on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
- In 2007, Jeev became the first Indian golfer ever to have participated in the Masters Tournament, one of the 4 major championships in professional golf – the others being the PGA Championship, the U.S. Open, and The Open Championship.
- His best performance in any of the aforementioned major championships, as of October 2022, was a tie for 9th place at the 2008 PGA Championship. It was also the then-best performance by an Indian in any of the majors.
- In 2009, Jeev finished the WGC (World Golf Championship) in 4th place, after having jointly led the field in round one.
- He was the non-playing captain, representing Asia, in the EurAsia Cup (a biennial men’s professional team golf tournament between teams representing Europe and Asia) in 2016.
- For his services to the sport, the Government of India honored Jeev with the Arjuna Award (the 2nd-highest sporting honor in India) in 1999 and the Padma Shri (the 4th-highest civilian honor in India) in 2007. He was just the 3rd golfer to have received the Arjuna Award and the 1st golfer ever to have been honored with the Padma Shri.
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