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21/12/2012

Jeev Milkha Singh receives the Asian Pacific Lifetime Achievement Award

Jeev Milkha Singh was presented with the “Asian Pacific Lifetime Achievement Award” in recognition of his prestigious international career as a golfer, which includes winning four titles in Europe (including the Scottish Open which he won in 2012), four titles in Japan and six in Asia.

He also contributed to the victory of Asia over Europe during the last Royal Trophy Golf, held in Brunei from 15 to 17 December 2012.

It is with a great pleasure that Societe Generale Private Banking congratulates Jeev Milkha Singh for this new award and the excellence of his results game the year.

Along with this talented player, the private bank also sponsors three other high-level golfers, Thomas Levet, winner of the French Open in 2011 and the Andalucian Open in 2008, 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.