Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 24: Jeev Milkha Singh if India on the 18th green after equaling the course record during the third round the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 24, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** 156887360.jpg
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 24: Jeev Milkha Singh if India on the 18th green after equaling the course record during the third round the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 24, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** 156887360.jpg

Jeev Milkha Singh dedicates his record round to hospitalised mother

Indian golfer levels Earth Course best despite playing with injured finger at DP World Tour Championship.

DUBAI // Given the worrisome circumstances surrounding Jeev Milkha Singh's course record-equalling 64 yesterday, perhaps the European Tour could provide him the individual accolade by awarding a few shots off.

The Indian, a "golf in Dubai" ambassador, brushed aside troubles both on and off the fairways to post the best score of the day around a generous Earth Course, carding nine birdies and a solitary bogey for an eight-under-par third round, which took him to seven under for the tournament.

Singh has been affected by a persistent finger injury since damaging it at the Scottish Open in July a tournament he won following a play-off with Francesco Molinari yet it was the news, realised only moments before Friday's round, that his mother Nirmal had been rushed to hospital that increased the mastery of his performance.

"I dedicate this round to my mother. She was in ICU yesterday," he said.

"She had a bad fall in the garden at home and has fractured her leg, the knee, plus the fibula bone. She needs major surgery.

"She needs some plates put in and the surgery is taking place tomorrow morning. We're all hoping and praying that everything goes fine and she comes out well.

"But the doctors have said she's 76 years old and it'll take a while for her to be walking and playing golf again.

"She had surgery in both knees about 10 years ago, but was playing golf every morning nine holes.

"She used to love it; that was her exercise. Hopefully she can do it again after five to six months."

Singh revealed his mother had requested he offer a little relief with a fine round yesterday, and the four-time winner on Europe's main circuit almost obliged with the perfect present, his 15-foot birdie putt at the last narrowly escaping the hole for an unrivalled 63.

"I had a thought in my mind today to tie the course record," said Singh, whose bruised bone on his right index finger makes it impossible to play punch shots.

"I said to [my caddie] Janet on the first tee, 'let's try and get the course record'.

"I was close enough and maybe I'll have the same thought process tomorrow and see what comes my way. I've been driving the ball really well for weeks, but I hit it better with irons today.

"The putter was really hot; that was the reason for the 64."

jmcauley@thenational.ae

twitter Follow us @SprtNationalUAE

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 The seventh edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament was kicking off at Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Wednesday with plenty of excitement in store. Ravindranath K / The National

In pictures: IPL 7 kicks off in Abu Dhabi

The first match in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders, was held at Zayed Cricket Stadium amid plenty of colour.

 Al Rayyan's Yakubu Ayegbeni, left, tries to escape the attention of Jazira's Khamis Ismail. Karim Jaafar / AFP Photo

Late strike qualifies Al Jazira for last 16 of Asian Champions League

A dramatic late goal gave Al Jazira a 3-2 victory at Al Rayyan of Qatar in the Asian Champions League (ACL) on Wednesday night and it was just enough to push Walter Zenga’s side into the knockout stages.

 Zayed Cricket Stadium had not witnessed so electrcic an atmosphere before Wednesday evening. Pawan Singh / The National

Packed house gathers in Abu Dhabi for Indian Premier League opener

In less than half a day, Zayed Cricket Stadium witnessed the force that is Indian cricket, with the sound drowning out the controversies that have dogged the Twenty20 tournament, writes Osman Samiuddin.

 Lionel Messi of Barcelona looks down after being defeated during the Copa del Rey Final between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla on April 16, 2014 in Valencia, Spain. David Ramos/Getty Images

Plenty of life still in Barcelona, says Gerardo Martino

Barcelona coach maintained his side can still return to their former glories after they were beaten 2-1 by a Gareth Bale-inspired Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.

 Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton, left, and Nico Rosberg at the official press conference following qualifying for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. Mark Thompson/Getty Images

F1: Toto Wolff says Mercedes have all the right ingredients in place

With Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the wheel, Mercedes have so far dominated the first three grands prix going into this weekend’s fourth round in China.

 Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, left, reacts as Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on during their English Premier League football match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on April 16, 2014. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. AFP PHOTO/Andrew YATES

Poyet says ‘I am sure that Luis Suarez is going to be happy’ after Sunderland draw at Manchester City

Sunderland’s survival chances remain slim because now they face Chelsea away at the weekend but manager Gus Poyet insists they are not trying to benefit Liverpool or his fellow Uruguayan, Luis Suarez.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National