Jeev Milkha Singh is an Indian professional golfer who became the first player from India to join theEuropean Tour in 1998. Singh turned professional in 1993 and his first professional win came in the same year at the 1993 Southern Oklahoma State Open. In 1997 he finished seventh at the European Tour qualifying school, and he joined the tour the following year. His best season in Europe up until 2006 was in 1999, when he came 50th on the Order of Merit. In April 2006 he won the Volvo China Open, becoming the second Indian player to win on the European Tour after Arjun Atwal. He also won the season ending Volvo Masters and finished 2006 as the winner of the Asian Tour Order of Merit. In 2007 he became the first Indian golfer to participate in the Masters Tournament. In August 2008, Singh achieved the highest ranking for an Indian in any major event at the 2008 PGA Championship in Oakland Hills. Singh received India's fourth highest civil honor the Padma Shri in 2007. On July 15, 2012, Singh beat Francesco Molinari in a sudden death playoff to win the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, which secured him a spot in the 2012 Open Championship.