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July 10, 2013

Jeev Milkha Singh


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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