Jeev returns to China Open with fond memories

Jeev will join Chawrasia, the only Indian winner on the European Tour this season, in China Open. Jeev will play the first round with Jens Fahrbring and Kim Daehyun, while Chawrasia will be up against Pablo Larrazabal and Liu Yan-wei.

Jeev Milkha Singh won the China Open in 2006 after going without a win for seven years.   -  Getty Images

Jeev Milkha Singh is looking forward to return to Volvo China Open, which he won 10 years ago and got a second wind in his career.

Jeev, one of India’s top golfers, won the China Open in 2006 after going without a win for seven years. It set him off to a fantastic year.

Jeev will join S. S. P. Chawrasia, the only Indian winner on the European Tour this season. Jeev will play the first round with Jens Fahrbring and Kim Daehyun, while Chawrasia will be up against Pablo Larrazabal and Liu Yan-wei.

Jeev, who no longer has full playing privileges on the European Tour, has fond memories of the tournament.

“It was a great week and it set me on the road to a superb period for the next few years. It is always great to come back to an event you have won and have such great memories. I hope that will spur me to another good showing,” said Jeev.

Chawrasia, who had a good start at the Shenzhen International last week before fizzling out over the weekend, is also looking to improve his performance.

“I played well but a couple of errors proved costly and I was unable to recover,” said Chawrasia, who is in line to make the cut for the Olympic Games this year. Chawrasia and compatriot Anirban Lahiri are certain to make the list of 60 qualifiers as golf returns to Olympics after 112 years.

Meanwhile, in the build-up to this week’s China Open, some of the European Tour’s players visited the Great Wall of China.

Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, who even hit a memorable shot atop the wall, said: “It’s amazing to come here to this beautiful wonder of the world. It makes you feel unbelievable standing here. It’s one of the nicest things I’ve ever experienced in my career.”

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