Champion Singh swaps red carpet for Scottish Open greens

 (Reuters) – India’s Jeev Milkha Singh has shunned the red carpet of Bollywood to concentrate on the greens of Castle Stuart and the defence of his Scottish Open crown this week.

In choosing to play the tournament, which starts on Thursday, the 42-year-old will miss the premiere of a film based on the life of his father, Milkha Singh, known as the Flying Sikh, who finished fourth in the 400 metres at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

However, Singh, who won in a playoff against Italy’s Francesco Molinari last year, said he had arrived in Scotland with his father’s blessing.

“We did discuss it and being a sportsman himself, he wanted me to defend this championship,” Singh told the European Tour website (www.europeantour.com). “The director did a show for the family before I flew out. I’ve seen the movie and I think it’s a fantastic movie,” he added.

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