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ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT SCOTTISH OPEN


July 10, 2013


Jeev Milkha Singh


INVERNESS, SCOTLAND

Q.テつ How is it to be back here at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open?
JEEV MILKHA SINGH:テつ It is fantastic to be back at The Scottish Open, Aberdeen Asset Management, I just love it to be back.テつ It brings you positive vibes.テつ Gives you a good feel, and I'm looking forward to this week.テつ Especially when you walk around and everybody is congratulating you still; it's been a year.テつ I think it's a good feeling to have.

Q.テつ And superb memories of when you finished it off and waited to see what would happen?
JEEV MILKHA SINGH:テつ Yes, for sure, I was enjoying a cup of tea and some chocolate cake, warming myself up, and after 25 minutes, here I am going in for a playoff.テつ I think the golfing gods were on my side, and it was a fantastic way to win.テつ I'm looking forward to be back and playing again and making the most of it.

Q.テつ I take it was fantastic to win on a links course in the Home of Golf, and therefore, all the more special to be playing this form of golf again.テつ Doesn't happen often.
JEEV MILKHA SINGH:テつ Yeah, does not.テつ Look forward to and winning at the Home of Golf on a links course is something special, especially coming from India.テつ I just want to enjoy this week, make the most out of it, and if I can win again, I think that will be icing on the cake and on my way to The Open Championship.

Q.テつ Why, especially coming from India?
JEEV MILKHA SINGH:テつ Because there are not many links courses in India, or I would say there are none.テつ So I did not grow up playing golf on a links course, and I've just played links golf in Europe, and especially Scotland has the best links courses in the world.テつ I just hope that The Scottish Open stays on a links course and goes all over Scotland and play the beautiful, links courses and enjoy it.

Q.テつ What is it you love about links?
JEEV MILKHA SINGH:テつ It's a golf course where you are close to nature.テつ You have to have a lot of distance control.テつ You have to have a lot of feel, imagination.
So that's why I love links golf.テつ What links golf brings to you is feel, and if you have good feel, you can play well on a links course.

Q.テつ How is your feel, how is your touch, how is your game?
JEEV MILKHA SINGH:テつ My feel and touch is very good right now, so I'm looking forward to this week.

Q.テつ You could have been elsewhere; there's a very important event back in India this week?
JEEV MILKHA SINGH:テつ Yes, I could have been, but the whole family, especially my father, wanted me to be here, and also I wanted to be here to defend my championship which is very close to my heart.テつ I'm here defending it.テつ The movie releases on Friday, and it's a big day for the family, emotional day, but I'll be in touch with them, watching everything closely and enjoying it out here.

Q.テつ Did you have discussions?
JEEV MILKHA SINGH:テつ Yes, we did.テつ We did discuss about it, and he wanted me, being a sportsman himself, he wanted me to defend this championship, and he said, you can always come back and watch it.
But the director was nice enough, he did a show for the family before I flew out.テつ I've seen the movie and I think it's a fantastic movie.テつ It's an inspirational movie.テつ It's a message that the whole nation is going to remember.

Q.テつ Something else that's fantastic, your trousers.テつ Tell me about the tartan.
JEEV MILKHA SINGH:テつ I love it.テつ I've worn those today and I've decided next day I play in Scotland, one of the days I'm going to wear a tartan trouser.テつ This is for charity, and there are a few players who have been chosen this week to do this.テつ This game has given a lot it us and it's always good to give back.

Q.テつ Did it take a bit of bravery to put these on?
JEEV MILKHA SINGH:テつ No, I think it's good to be a little different.テつ I've enjoyed it.テつ Especially in Scotland, wearing tartan trousers, I think it's good.テつ I'm going to make the most of it and enjoy it.

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