Singh shines in Beijing

European Tour

Tournament: Volvo China Open
Venue: Honghua International GC, Beijing, China
Winner Jeev Milkha Singh

India’s Jeev Milkha Singh rejuvenated his career by winning his first tournament in seven years in the Volvo China Open.
Singh started the day one shot behind overnight leader David Lynn, but fired a two-under-par 70 at Honghua International Golf Club.
He finished one stroke ahead of Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who also carded a closing 70, with Lynn a further shot behind in third after a 73.
Singh fired four birdies and two bogeys, the second of those coming as he three-putted the 18th.
“I just can’t explain this feeling,” said Singh. “It’s like a dream come true for me.
“I have always been trying hard to win. Today, I went to play with the worst psychology thinking if it didn’t happen, I wouldn’t mind and that I would give it my best shot.
“It worked out perfectly for me. I am really excited to have won and everything feels great at the moment.”
Singh, who battled a series of career-threatening injuries including a serious wrist problem which put him out of the game for a year, added: “My focus was really good today and my composure was really good too.
“I didn’t even go for the flag on the 18th hole and I decided to play it safe. I knew even if I had a bogey on the last, I would still win the tournament and that was my game plan.”
Singh, who was paired with Lynn in the final group, took the outright lead with a birdie on the eighth but Lynn drew level with a birdie on the 10th.
A bizarre incident then threatened to derail Singh’s challenge on the 11th.
His wayward drive ended in the woods where a spectator picked up the ball and ran away with it, forcing Singh to gain permission from the tournament referee to replace it.
Lynn, winner of the KLM Open in 2004, was disappointed with his final round.
The Stoke golfer said: “I started off feeling good and I thought I was going to have quite a good chance today. I was feeling comfortable tee to green and I was just trying to be patient.
“But then on the back nine, crunch time, I got a dose of the three putts at the wrong time and it sorts of knocks your confidence a little bit.
“I got a bit tense over the one at the 15th and that was my challenge ended.”
Defending champion Paul Casey, who started the final round two shots off the pace, could only manage a closing 72 for a seven under par total, three behind Singh.
“I couldn’t hit the ball to where I wanted to. Clearly looking at the scores, I wasn’t swinging it very well and that shows on the card,” said Casey.
“It has been frustrating really. I got to seven under, which was as good as I could do. A good week, but it was a frustrating day today.”
Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng, who started the day one shot behind Lynn, gradually faded out of the picture with a three-over-par 75.
ALL THE FINAL ROUND SCORES
278 Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind) 72 69 67 70
279 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa) 67 74 68 70
280 David Lynn 68 67 72 73
281 Jarrod Lyle (Aus) 68 71 72 70, Paul Casey 71 68 70 72, Peter Fowler (Aus) 71 70 69 71, Simon Wakefield 67 73 70 71
282 Peter O’Malley (Aus) 72 72 70 68, Ter-Chang Wang (Tpe) 69 72 71 70
283 Prayad Marksaeng (Tha) 69 67 72 75, Simon Dyson 67 72 73 71, Peter Hanson (Swe) 67 72 73 71, Paul Lawrie 73 70 73 67
284 Brett Rumford (Aus) 69 75 71 69
285 Marcus Fraser (Aus) 70 71 69 75, Peter Lawrie 71 70 72 72, Richard Sterne (Rsa) 72 72 70 71, Jose-Filipe Lima (Por) 67 69 77 72, Prom Meesawat (Tha) 71 72 71 71
286 Christian Cevaer (Fra) 66 72 79 69, Marc Cayeux (Zim) 71 65 80 70, Amandeep Johl (Ind) 75 70 72 69, Jean Van de Velde (Fra) 74 68 73 71, Chawalit Plaphol (Tha) 72 70 72 72, Hendrik Buhrmann (Rsa) 72 68 71 75, Damien McGrane 72 70 73 71, Henrik Stenson (Swe) 73 68 74 71
287 Soren Hansen (Den) 72 70 70 75, Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 71 70 71 75, Miles Tunnicliff 68 74 70 75
288 Stephen Gallacher 73 70 69 76, Wen-Tang Lin (Tai) 71 73 73 71, Jason Knutzon (USA) 70 71 74 73, Barry Lane 72 68 75 73, Gregory Havret (Fra) 71 72 72 73, Nick Dougherty 72 70 72 74, Jamie Spence 70 71 74 73
289 Terry Pilkadaris (Aus) 72 67 76 74, Ross Fisher 67 73 74 75, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 72 70 73 74, Stuart Little 71 73 76 69
290 Simon Yates 69 70 77 74, Nico Van Rensburg (Rsa) 75 64 76 75, Robert Coles 70 69 77 74, Scott Drummond 71 67 78 74, Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) 72 71 75 72, Joakim Backstrom (Swe) 69 72 77 72
291 Fredrik Widmark (Swe) 73 68 77 73
292 Johan Edfors (Swe) 72 71 75 74, Adam Groom (Aus) 75 70 74 73
293 Gary Emerson 71 70 73 79, Wen Teh Lu (Tpe) 71 70 77 75, Charlie Wi (Kor) 72 69 81 71
294 Chao Li (Chn) 72 72 72 78, Robert Jan Derksen (Ned) 70 75 71 78, Jose Manuel Lara (Spa) 71 69 80 74, Alistair Presnell (Aus) 72 72 73 77, Alessandro Tadini (Ita) 76 67 75 76, Kahlon Harmeet (Ind) 76 67 75 76
295 Mahal Pearce (Aus) 71 71 76 77, Jason Dawes (Aus) 71 70 78 76, Frankie Minoza (Phi) 71 72 76 76, Rahil Gangjee (Ind) 68 70 82 75, Rick Gibson (Can) 72 72 77 74
296 Kenneth Ferrie 74 69 75 78, Scott Strange (Aus) 74 71 74 77, Richard Bland 70 72 76 78
298 Angelo Que (Phi) 71 73 79 75
300 Paul Dwyer 70 75 76 79

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