Singh delighted by play-off victory
July 16, 2012 09:02:07 UK
Jeev Milkha Singh described himself as "fortunate" to have beaten Francesco Molinari in a play-off for the Scottish Open title on Sunday.
The Indian number one will now take his place at the Open, having taken the final qualifying place. Singh carded a final round of 67 to set up the play-off with overnight leader Molinari after Marc Warren had thrown away a three-shot lead.
This (victory) has given me a lot of confidence and I can build on that.Jeev Mikha Singh
The pair replayed the par-five 18th hole in a dramatic finale. Molinari had the first putt but was short, allowing Singh to pounce and take his first title of the year. He has only appeared at the Open once before, missing the cut at Carnoustie in 2007.
"I would say I'm a very fortunate man," admitted the 40-year-old, who is 126.00 to win the Open, while Molinari can be backed at 34.00.
"I'm looking forward to the Open championship. Coming from India I'm not used to links courses but since coming to Europe I've played a lot of links courses.
"This (victory) has given me a lot of confidence and I can build on that. I'm feeling fit and good things are on their way in the future."
Warren was left devastated after blowing the three-shot cushion he held at the 15th, ending up tied for third with Alexander Noren.
"It was all a bit disappointing," he said.
"It was in my hands with four holes to go, it was up to me but I didn't finish it off."
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