Four-time European Tour winner Jeev Milkha Singh will play in his first Legends Tour event at the much-anticipated MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius from April 1-3.
Singh, who became the first Indian golfer to play on the European Tour in 1998, will tee it up at Constance Belle Mare Plage and completes a stellar field that will include Major winners Michael Campbell and Paul Lawrie, as well as 2018 Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn. Defending champion Jarmo Sandelin will also return to the venue where he claimed a three-shot victory in 2019.
The tournament, which will officially be the final event of the delayed 2021 season, will see a four-way battle for the Legends Tour Order of Merit with Thomas Levet, Markus Brier and James Kingston all challenging 2021 Senior Open presented by Rolex winner Stephen Dodd for the top honour.
Singh, 50, who won the last of his four European Tour titles at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in 2012, will now make an emotional return to the game following the death of both his parents last year to Covid-19 related problems.
“The last few years have been tumultuous for me and my family,” Singh said. “As a nation we have faced a lot of hardship because of the pandemic. I personally lost both my mum and dad within the space of five days last year, which was very tough.
“However, I am sure my parents would want me to continue with my life. Golf is the only thing I have known for 35-odd years and nothing will give them greater pleasure than me doing well once again.”
As well as dealing with that grief, Singh has also battled a series of injuries since his last professional win ten years ago, but feels ready to challenge in Mauritius after working hard to regain full fitness.
“I think I am 100 per cent injury-free for the first time in many, many years,” he said. “I am so excited about making my debut on the Legends Tour at the Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius and am looking forward to playing against guys my own age.”
“Even though I might be the youngest player in the field, I am not taking anything for granted. Everyone in the field has the highest pedigree and have had amazing careers with Major wins and multiple titles under their belts. I only have to look at the performance of Bernhard Langer every week on the Champions Tour to realise what these guys are capable of.
“This will be a perfect start for my Legends Tour journey.”
Keith Mitchell, chief marketing officer at the Legends Tour, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jeev Milkha Singh to our playing line-up of Legends, both for the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius and long term as a key member of the Tour.
“Jeev has endured a tough time off the course in recent years, but he is a proven winner with a fine record on the DP World Tour and will bring an extra level of competitiveness to our roster of players.”