Padraig Harrington lavishes praise on Jeev

Jeev Milkha Singh

Three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington considers his loss to Jeev Milkha Singh four years ago in Barclays Singapore Open as one of the most bitter losses but he still can't stop praising the Indian, whom he describes as one of the 'nicest guys' in golf.

Winner of the British Open twice, Harrington won the European Order of Merit two years back in 2006 at the Volvo Masters in Valderrama, but that event, too, was won by Jeev.

On the eve of the 2012 Barclays Singapore Open, which tees off tomorrow, Harrington still remembers the defeat four years ago.

"It (the 2008 loss in Singapore) was probably my most bitter loss on a golf course. I was 2 shots ahead with 3 holes to play, (and I) played the last 3 holes magnificently, (but still) managed to play them in 2 over par. I hit a beautiful shot into 16 that went in the water, and I hit a beautiful a shot at 18 that got stuck on the bank behind. I got two of the worst breaks I've seen coming down the stretch," he said.

Harrington added, "Jeev is a really good player. As much I was bitter to lose in 2008, I was happy to see him win it. You couldn't ask for a nicer guy to win a tournament. If you are going to lose a tournament, losing to Jeev is not a bad thing. He really can deliver. When he's in form, Jeev really can play at the very highest level."

The other Indians in the field this week are Gaganjeet Bhullar, Jyoti Randhawa, SSP Chowrasia, Anirban Lahiri, Shiv Kapur, Himmat Rai, Digvijay Singh, Chiragh Kumar, Shamim Khan and Rashid Khan.

Jeev, who has played seven of the last eight weeks, is himself gung-ho about coming to the tournament, where he enjoyed one his finest moments.

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