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Societe Generale Private Banking congratulates Jeev Milkha Singh for his victory at the Scottish Open 2012

12/07/2012

Societe Generale Private Banking congratulates Jeev Milkha Singh for winning the Scottish Open 2012. With this victory on the European Tour Jeev now qualifies for the British Open, which will starts on the 19th July.

Societe Generale Private Banking also congratulates Thomas Levet, who acquitted himself well, reaching fifth place in this prestigious event. In 2008 he won the Andalucian Open and in 2011, the French Open.

Along with these two talented players, the private bank also sponsors two other high-level golfers, Angel Cabrera, winner of the US Open in 2007 and the Augusta Masters in 2009, and Christian Cévaër, winner of the European Open in 2009.

Societe Generale Private Banking’s support of these four golfers is part of a broader approach by Societe Generale Group, which dates back to 2001 when the bank became a major partner of the French Golf Federation. Since 2008, Societe Generale has also partnered the Evian Masters, a major international women’s’ tournament.

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Jeev Milkha Singh is the first Indian golfer to qualify for The European Tour. He competes at the very highest level and in 2009 finished fourth in the WGC-CA Championship – one of three top ten places which helped him to 34th position in the inaugural Race to Dubai.

His third European Tour career victory came in 2008 in Austria. A consistently strong season saw him finish in the top ten eight times, reaching 12th place on the money list. In April 2007, Jeev became the first Indian golfer to participate in the Masters Tournament and acquitted himself well, finishing in a tie for 37th place at Augusta National.

Off the course, a highlight came when he was granted the Padma Shri by the Indian government, an award – the equivalent of a knighthood - given to Indian citizens to recognise their distinguished contribution in various spheres of public life, including the arts, industry and sports. The son of former Olympic sprinter Milkha Singh, he really hit his stride in 2006 with wins in the Volvo China Open and the season-ending Volvo Masters at Valderrama. Jeev enjoys huge success in Asia, where he finished Number One on the 2006 Order of Merit, a feat he repeated in 2008 thanks largely to his Barclays Singapore Open victory.