In a strong response to the legendary Seve Ballesteros’ construction of a formidable European challenge to Asia’s stewardship of the Royal Trophy in the Championship’s fourth hosting, Asian Team Captain Naomichi ‘Joe’ Ozaki has nominated Jeev Milkha Singh as his sixth player for the Asian defense. The thirty-seven year old Singh is one of Asia’s most successful golfers in history and is certain to add great experience to Ozaki’s young golfing battalion.
The Chandigarh native Singh is a two-time Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, the winner of six Asian Tour titles, has succeeded at four Japan Tour events and prevailed in two European Tour tournaments – including the prestigious Volvo European Masters, previously played at the golfing holy grounds of Valderrama in Spain.
“I am very excited to join the Asian Team for the fourth edition of the Royal Trophy. The Europeans will certainly have a very strong team but we are representing the Asian Continent and we will play with the corresponding passion, dedication and determination. I played at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain a few weeks ago and I feel very comfortable with the match play format. I am looking forward to a very competitive and exciting week in Thailand;” said Singh, a former Asian Match Play Championship winner.
“It also is very positive that the Asian Team includes many players that I know well and that I have played with on Tour for many years like Thongchai Jaidee, Prayad Marksaeng and Charlie Wi. We all feel comfortable with each other and I believe this will add greatly to our team spirit;” stated the holder of fifteen career professional titles.
“This will be my second time playing at the Royal Trophy, I am familiar with the golf course at Amata Spring and I enjoy playing in Thailand. I am very confident that our team will produce golf of great quality and that we will be ready for the Europeans. We will compete very hard to keep the Royal Trophy in Asia;” concluded Singh, who in 2007 was awarded the Indian Government’s highest honor – the Padmashri Award.
Five-time Major winner and European Team Captain Seve Ballesteros has already announced a powerful trio for the European challenge of the Royal Trophy with world number seven Henrik Stenson, 2008 European number one Robert Karlsson and current European number three Martin Kaymer. Thirty-five tournament title winner and Japanese golfing legend Joe Ozaki has nominated a most powerful Asian Team in Jaidee, Marksaeng, Wi, Japanese global sensation Ryo Ishikawa and the Japan Tour’s current number one ranked player Yuta Ikeda.
“Jeev is a great champion and has won many titles in the Japan Tour, all around Asia as well as in Europe. He will bring great value and extensive experience to our Asian Team. I am certain he will be a great asset in our efforts to defeat the Europeans and retain the Royal Trophy in Asia;” said the Asian skipper Ozaki.
“We have been working hard in structuring the best team possible for our Continent’s defense of the Royal Trophy. I am very pleased and confident with the players we have brought together and I am certain that they will represent our Continent in a manner which will make all Asians proud;” concluded the Japanese golfing giant.
The fourth edition of the Royal Trophy will take place at the exclusive Amata Spring Country Club 7,470-yard layout on 8-10 January 2010 in Chonburi, Thailand. Europe and Asia will compete in the Ryder Cup-format competition which includes foursomes, four-ball and singles matches with the winning Continent being awarded stewardship of the perpetual solid-silver sixteen-kilogram Trophy graciously donated by His Majesty the King of Thailand.
The Royal Trophy Premier and Major Sponsors include Heineken, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), PTT, Sports Authority of Thailand, Siam Commercial Bank, Sodick (Thailand) and THAI Airways. The Championship is also supported by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Chonburi Provincial Government. For further Tournament information, please call +662 651 9499 or visit the official website www.TheRoyalTrophy.com. The Royal Trophy is promoted by Entertainment Group Limited and Amen Corner S.A.
The Royal Trophy Media Release