Jeev looks to wrap up season with a win at Volvo Masters

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> On a roll after winning the Nippon Series JT Cup last week, Jeev looks to wrap up the record-breaking year with a win in the Volvo Masters of Asia.

Updated: December 11, 2008 12:06 IST
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On a roll after winning the Nippon Series JT Cup last week, new Asian numero uno Jeev Milkha Singh will now look to wrap up the record-breaking year with a win in the Volvo Masters of Asia next week.

"I am going to be there for the Volvo Masters of Asia," said Jeev, who catapulted to 36th in the world ranking after his triumph in Japan.

Jeev was approached by organisers to compete in the South African Open but he instead chose to play in the Volvo Masters of Asia at Thai Country Club from December 18-21.

"I will miss the South African Open, which is my sponsor's event, but I want to be in Thailand to play the tournament and pick up the Order of Merit award at the gala dinner on the Sunday night," he added.

Jeev wrapped up his second Asian Tour's Order of Merit title after a dramatic victory over Major winners Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson at the $5 million Barclays Singapore Open in November and an 11th place finish at the following week's UBS Hong Kong Open.

The 36-year-old Indian raced past long-time leader Mark Brown of New Zealand with winnings of $1,447,481 -- the first player to break through the million-dollar barrier in a single season.

Jeev was not eligible to play the season finale last year but finished joint sixth in 2006 to confirm his position as Asian number one.

"I have very good memories from 2006 when I was crowned Order of Merit champion after Volvo Masters of Asia," added Singh, who won the Volvo Masters on the European Tour in 2006.

"It will be fantastic to play the season-ending event on the Asian Tour especially as the new Asian number one. The Tour means so much to me, it was where I started out."

Jeev will be looking to give himself a belated birthday present as he turns 37 on December 15.

It's been an outstanding season on the golf course for Jeev as he also won the Sega Sammy Cup in Japan and the Bank Austria Golf Open.

His performances in the Majors have also been remarkable. For the second year in a row he made the cut in the US Masters and finished tied 25th while arguably his finest ever week since turning professional in 1993 came when he placed tied for ninth in the US PGA Championship -- where he was the first round leader. He is guaranteed starts in all four Majors next season.

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