Masters Rookie: Jeev Milkha Singh

We all pretty much know Vijay Singh, one of the top players in the world and holder of a Green Jacket.

This year's Masters field has another Singh, no relation...and he's got quite a story.

In India, cricket is the number one sport, not golf. But golf is gaining in popularity, and a big reason is Jeev Milkha Singh.

Back home Singh comes from pretty much royalty, having been bestowed the country's second-highest civilian honor.

"It's like you get knighted, and it's a great honor to have, and my dad got it about 40 years ago, and I got it too...so we're pretty happy in the family, we have two awards," Singh told News 12 Sports.

His dad, an Olympic track star in the 50's and 60's, broke the world record in the 400 at the Rome games. While Jeev's dad didn't push him towards golf, he's pushed him to be the best possible.

"He said, 'If you want to play any sport, just go ahead, but give it 100 percent and there's no looking back.'"

Singh hasn't looked back. As a matter of fact, he came to the States and played college golf at Abilene Christian in Texas, where he won a Division Two national title. Hmm...where have we heard that before?

The move here wasn't easy.

"The first four months were really tough. Of course, coming out of India, I was used to having everything done for you. When it went to Abilene I had everything to do on my own."

Jeev is similar to Vijay in one way: he logs plenty of frequent flyer miles.

"I love playing golf, and I'm going to play about 40 weeks this year, so it does show I do love playing golf."

Singh's Masters invite came courtesy a top 50 world ranking. This guy's good, folks, having won six times worldwide. The only thing lacking is a title in the States.


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