Indian star Jeev Milkha Singh announced himself on the world golf stage as he won the 2006 Volvo Masters by a single shot from Sergio García, runner-up for the third successive year, Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington, whose second place piped Paul Casey for the European Tour Order of Merit.
The 34-year-old from Chandigarth shot a final round 72, one-over par in a tension-filled day as the final destination of both the Volvo Masters title and the European Tour Order of Merit went down to the wire.
My win in the Volvo China Open was big, but this Volvo Masters victory is massive, said Singh, adding, Not only will I be back to defend my title at Valderrama next year, but I will be at the Volvo Masters of Asia in Bangkok in December to see if I make it three lucky Volvo titles.
Singh took time out to congratulate Allen McGee, the Volvo Masters Amateur World Final winner, saying, Golf is all about the amateurs. They make us what we are and having come through 77,000 to win is an amazing feat.
Meanwhile, Spanish favourite, third for the third year running quickly overcame his disappointment, saying, Well done to Jeev, it takes a lot to win this and personally I can only take positives from my performance.
Irish star Padraig Harrington had an anxious hour-long wait in the players Im delighted, very proud and hope to represent Europe with distinction, he said, adding a word of sympathy for leader Paul Casey, commenting, Sure, I feel for Paul, he was sick for two days, but sometimes thats the way things go in this game.
The third member of the all-Ryder Cup runners-up triumvirate was Englishman Luke Donald, who finished alongside Garcia and Harrington on one-under-par, whilst Swedes Niclas Fasth and Johan Edfors had disappointing days, as did English duo Lee Westwood and David Howell.
Summing up the 2006 Volvo Masters, Mel Pyatt, President & CEO of Volvo Event Management said, time and time again, the drama and emotion the Volvo Masters can generate over the final nine holes is remarkable, and this year is no exception.
Many congratulations to Jeev, adding the Volvo Masters to his Volvo China Open crown and it is a great result for the Asian Tour and for golf in India, he said, adding, It has been a fitting conclusion to the 2006 European Tour and my congratulations to Padraig Harrington for clinching the Order of Merit.
The 2007 Volvo Masters takes place from the 1st 4th November 2007, at Club de Golf Valderrama.