Jeev Milkha Singh, the first Indian to win Scottish Open

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jeev-milkha-singhJuly 16, Inverness (Scotland): Jeev Milkha Singh on Sunday sparked a double celebration after beating Italian Francesco Molinari in a play-off to win the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart and earn a spot at the British Open next week at the Royal Lytham and St. Annes.

Singh, the son of an Olympic 400-meter runner, holed from 10 feet on No. 18 to claim his fourth victory on the European Tour and earn himself a spot in next week’s British Open in the process.

Both players had finished with 17-under totals of 271, with Singh shooting a 5-under 67 – the joint-lowest round of the day – and overnight leader Molinari returning a 72 as he attempted a wire-to-wire victory after a dominant week in the Scottish Highlands.

Warren had been three shots ahead with six holes remaining, but dropped four strokes in the final four holes to tie for third with Alexander Noren of Sweden (70) on 16 under after a fourth round played in the toughest conditions of the week.

By winning his first title in in four years and 37 days, Singh not only will climb back into the top 100 but will play at the British Open – staged at Royal Lytham & St. Annes starting Thursday – for the only the second time in his 19-year professional career.

He also won a first prize of 416,660 pounds ($645,000).

“I was just enjoying a cup of tea and some chocolate cake and watching it on television, and suddenly got excited,” said Jeev, who was three shots behind Marc Warren when he signed his card.

“I think God has been kind and I would like to thank a lot of people who have been by my side the last three, four years that have been a struggle for me with the injuries.

“It has been really tough — frustrating than anything else. You feel like your game is coming back and another injury creeps up, but I just stuck myself in there and said that you need to work on the physical side, and I worked hard on that. Everything has paid off, and I just want to think about the good things and not what’s past and I want to look towards the future now,” said Jeev after lifting the trophy and cheque of euro 518,046.

Jeev was assured of The Open spot going into sudden death because Molinari was already exempt for Royal Lytham.

It will be his second appearance in the event after he missed the cut at Carnoustie five years ago. “I just love links golf,” said Jeev, although he had a different opinion when he first experienced it as a 16-year-old in 1988.

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