New Delhi: It is a proud moment for Jeev Milkha Singh, as he is being nominated for the Asian Tour's 'Player of the Decade' award along with five other golfers from the continent.
The 42-year-old Indian, a two-time Asian Tour Order of Merit champion and a winner of six tournaments, was named alongside Korea's KJ Choi and YE Yang and Thai duo of
Thongchai Jaidee and Thaworn Wiratchant as five players nominated for the prestigious award. The winner will be revealed on April 22 at Asian Tour's Award Night in Jakarta.
Jeev is also one of the few Asian Tour graduates to have won on the European and Japan Golf Tour, and has played in each of the four Majors several times.
Jeev, who is currently recuperating from a shoulder injury and returns to competitive golf at next month's Maybank Malaysian Open, said: "For someone who grew up with the Asian Tour, this indeed is a tremendous honour. Just to be named alongside these four great players fills me with an immense sense of pride.
"I have great memories of my association with the Asian Tour, and it is hard to believe that it is 10 years since the Asian Tour was established.
"I want to thank the Asian Tour and all its very friendly officials, the fans, my fellow players, sponsors and the media for all these years of happiness. Obviously, I will continue to support the Asian Tour and will be playing as many events as my schedule permits."
And while he is in the reckoning, Jeev seems to have no doubt who should win the award.
On his own plans for the season, Jeev said: "I was quite happy with the way I played in the Desert Swing of the European Tour at the start of the season, but I have a slight shoulder niggle that has been bothering me.
It is much better after the long break I've had, so I am hoping it has settled down. Starting the Malaysian Open, I have a very busy stretch ahead of me. I want to be physically fit to handle that.