King’s Cup: Jeev Milkha Singh scores another top 10 finish

Jeev Milkha Singh shot 69 in Pattaya to score his second top 10 finish of the year

Jeev Milkha Singh shot 69 in the final round at Pattaya

Anand Datla

July 31, 2016: Jeev Milkha Singh scored his best finish since the Thailand Classic, with a top ten finish in the King’s Cup in Pattaya. In his sixteenth start of the season, Jeev made a steady 69 on Sunday to end the week in T10 with three other golfers – Miguel Tabuena, Thitiphun Chuayprakong and Jason Knutzon. Shih-chang Chan won the title by two shots over Wen-tang Lin, scoring 67 in the final round.
The highlight of the day for Jeev was an eagle at the third hole. He remained two under through the seventh, but made back to back bogeys just ahead of the turn to drop back to even for the round.
Jeev produced four straight pars before adding another bogey at the par-4 14th hole. He finished with a fine flourish from there – two consecutive birdies and two pars to finish his tournament at six under 274.
The 44 year old Indian legend was once ranked as high as 28th on the OWGR, but is currently lying 843rd. The result will do Jeev a world of good in terms of confidence as he works his way back from a series of injuries.
Chikkarangappa was lying sixth overnight, but a sedate two over 72 in the final round dropped him outside the top ten. Chikka was one under through five holes, with a birdie at the third.
But he made a painful double bogey at the par-5 sixth hole and a bogey at the ninth to make the turn in two over. Chikka kept his sheet clean from there, but with the putter gone cold, he settled for nine straight pars to end the week in T15.
Shiv Kapur produced a sensational effort on Sunday, soaring 38 spots from 62 to finish T24. He made five birdies in a seven hole stretch that defined his final round performance.
The lone blemish came at the par-4 ninth, but Kapur can draw plenty of strength from his effort this week. He was coming back from an injury that laid him low in recent weeks.
A second straight 70 helped Chiragh Kumar finish the tournament lying in T37 at 1-under 279, just one shot behind Kapur.
Olympics bound SSP Chawrasia may have hoped for a higher finish this week, but he will have drawn plenty of useful lessons on his way to Rio this week. Chawrasia shot 71 on Sunday for an overall score of even par 280, good for T43.
Gaganjeet Bhullar may have been struggling with some physical strain as he slipped from 11th overnight to 66th with a 78 on Sunday. Shubhankar Sharma finished in 75th place with a 72 in the final round.

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