Now age 40, he earned his 19th professional title – and fourth PGA European Tour title – by shooting the lowest round of the day, a 67 that tied him at 17-under-par with Italy’s Francesco Molinari. Singh then made a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to earn the $645,000 first-place prize and his second career appearance in the British Open (2007 in Carnoustie was the first).
His win topped an international field of golfers competing on Castle Stuart Golf Links, including Luke Donald, the world’s No. 1-ranked player, and others including Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els.
Singh helped ACU win the 1993 NCAA Division II national title, and is India’s top professional golfer.
The British Open begins play this Thursday, July 19, at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in England. It has been held 10 times on that historic course, most recently in 2001.