Father, Milkha—nicknamed the "Flying Sikh"—was an Olympic sprinter in the 1960 and 1964 Summer Olympics. Mother, Nirmal Kaur, is the former captain of India's national volleyball team
Undergoes yoga exercises in mornings before playing
Was awarded the "Padma Shri," the highest award for a citizen from the Government of India, in 2007
Received the Asia Pacific Lifetime Achievement Award, along with Colin Montgomerie in December 2012.
PGA TOUR (18)
1994 Shinhan Donghae Open [Kor], Northern Indian Open.
1995 Philippine Classic [Asia], Asian Matchplay Championship, Thailand PGA, Toyota Crown Open [Thai], Mahindra BPGC Open [India].
1996 Philip Morris Asia Cup.
1999 Lexus International [Asia].
2006 Volvo China Open [Eur], Volvo Masters [Eur], Casio World Open [Jpn], Golf Nippon Series JT Cup [Jpn].
2008 Bank Austria Golf Open [Eur], Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup [Jpn], Barclays Singapore Open [Asia], Golf Nippon Series JT Cup [Jpn].
2012 Barclays Scottish Open [Eur].
PGA TOUR (1)
1993 Southern Oklahoma State Open.
World Cup (2), 2008, 2009
Royal Trophy (3), 2007, 2009, 2011
Dunhill Cup (2), 1996, 1999. Eurasia Cup Captain (1), 2016.
2012: Earned his first top-10 of the season when he T7 at the Nordea Masters at Bro Hoff Slott in Stockholm
Picked up his first victory in four years when he won the Barclays Scottish Open in a playoff over Francesco Molinari. Shot weekend rounds of 68-67 to finish regulation at 17-under. In the playoff, he made a par on the first extra hole to Molinari's bogey. His last victory came on the Japan Golf Tour (2008 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup) and his last European Tour title was at the 2008 Bank Austria Golf Open. The victory earned him a spot in the next week's Open Championship, a tournament for which he wasn't previously exempt. 2011: Did not make a PGA TOUR start
Top European Tour finish was a sixth-place showing at the Nordea Masters in Stockholm
Was also T10 at the Volvo China Open. Had two other Asian Tour top-10s. The first came at the Macau Open, where he T4
In mid-December, he T9 at the Thailand Golf Championship. 2010: Finished T9 at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in his first PGA TOUR start of the year, losing to eventual champion Ian Poulter in the third round
Missed seven weeks due to tendinitis in his left shoulder. The shoulder started bothering him at the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic in February. He played through the pain until late March. Made his return at the HP Byron Nelson Championship and finished T32
Finished T23 at the end of the season at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, with his earnings unofficial
He also played in the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia by virtue of his position on the Asian Tour's money list. He T10, with four rounds in the 60s, at The Mines
Returned to the UBS Hong Kong Open at Hong Kong GC and T7 at Fanling. 2009: Joined the PGA TOUR as a Special Temporary Member in late August. Made the cut in 11 of 15 PGA TOUR starts
Finished a season-best fourth at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship, where he shared the first-round lead at Doral after shooting 65
In the Turning Stone Resort Championship, shot a final-round 8-under 64 to post a T7 finish and earn a spot at the next event, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (went on to finish T62 in final start of the year)
Represented India in a second consecutive OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup in late 2009, finishing T14, again with Jyoti Randhawa as his teammate in China. 2008: Had an excellent year on three Tours, winning in Europe and Japan and finishing in the top-10 at the PGA Championship (T9)
Won the Barclays Singapore Open on the Asian Tour in mid-November, beating Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington by one
Won for the third time on the Japan Golf Tour in July with a victory at the 2008 Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup
Lost in a three-hole playoff in March at the Ballantine's Championship on Jeju Island, South Korea, on the European Tour. But the second-place performance earned him a spot in the following week's World Golf Championships-CA Championship
Made 18 pars in the final round to win the Bank Austria Golf Open
Won for the third time on the Japan Golf Tour in July with a victory at the Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup
Despite being hampered by an injured tendon in his right foot, shared the first-round lead at the PGA Championship with a 2-under 68 and went on to finish T9. It was his first top-10 in a major championship in his eighth career start and the first major top-10 for an Indian golfer. Also finished T25 at the Masters earlier in the year
Represented India for the first time at the World Cup, joining forces with Jyoti Randhawa to T17 at the team event. 2007: Played 12 PGA TOUR tournaments, with his best performance a first-round loss (T33) at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship
Played in the Masters Tournament for the first time, finishing T37 at Augusta National
Also made the cut at the U.S. Open for a third consecutive time, shooting three 75s and a third-round 73 to T36
Missed the cut at both The Open Championship and the PGA Championship. 2006: Had career year on the European Tour, finishing No. 16 on order of merit, winning the Volvo China Open at Beijing in April and finishing it with a win in the Volvo Masters at Valderrama, Spain in late October. Latter victory pushed him to 77th in the Official World Golf Ranking
The first Indian golfer to qualify for the European Tour took advantage of Sergio Garcia's bogey on the 72nd hole to win the Volvo Masters as Singh finished one stroke ahead of Garcia, Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald. Concluded the year with consecutive wins on the Japan Golf Tour at the Casio World Open and Golf Nippon Series JT Cup, moving to 47th in the World Ranking. Career-breakout season came after suffering from a wrist injury for several years prior to 2006
Played in his second major championship, and T59 at the U.S. Open. 2005: Had four top-10s worldwide, with his best performances coming on the Japan Golf Tour. Was T7 at the Token Homemate Cup and T8 at the Sega Sammy Cup
Also had a pair of T10s on the Asian Tour. Was in position to contend entering the final 36 holes of the Thai Airways International Open but shot rounds of 74-78 on the weekend
At the BMW Asian Open in May, was also T10. 2004: Came close to winning on the Japan Golf Tour, finishing T2 at the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup, ending two shots behind winner Tatsuya Mitsuhashi
Other top 10s came on the Asian Tour, at the Volvo Masters of Asia (T9) and the BMW Asian Open (T10)
Late in the year had a T2 with five others at the unofficial Okinawa Open in Japan, finishing a stroke behind Kiyoshi Miyazato. Held a four-stroke lead going into the final round but saw his hopes at victory unravel with a Sunday 73. 2003: At the Acer Taiwan Open on the Asian Tour, had a wild swing of scores, opening with a 65 followed by an 80 and a 77 that left him in seventh place entering the final round. Shot a Sunday 70 to move into a solo second, eight strokes behind winner Jason Dawes
.Two weeks earlier, at the Hero Honda Masters in India, he was T8
Played primarily on the Japan Golf Tour, where he made 20 starts and made 14 cuts. Top finish was a T13 at the Georgia Tokai Classic in October. 2002: Played in his first major championship, the U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park's Black Course. Shot four consecutive rounds of 75 to finish at 20-over and T62
Shot final-round 77 to miss card at the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament
Only European Tour Top-10 came in September, at the Omega European Masters, a T10
Added an additional top-10 in his final start of the year, at the Japan Golf Tour's Casio World Open, where he T9. 2001: Just missed winning the Japan Golf Tour Championship in July. Was tied for the third-round lead with Katsumasa Miyamoto, two shots ahead. Struggled to a 76 in the final round to T2, seven back of Miyamoto
A week later, was T3 at the weather-shortened Jyuken Sangyo Open in Hiroshima, two strokes out of the Keiichiri Fukabori-Jumbo Ozaki playoff that Fukabori won
Had two European Tour top-10s, both T6s—at the Dubai Desert Classic in March and the BBVA de la Communidad de Madrid in October, that featured weekend rounds of 65-64 that saw him climb the leaderboard. 2000: Had two top-10s while playing on five Tours. Was T5 at the Malaysian Open on the Asian Tour. Had four par-or-better rounds at Kuala Lumpur G&CC
At the Alfred Dunhill PGA Championship in early January on the Southern Africa Tour, he was T10. 1999: In his only two Southern Africa Tour starts, he contended in both. He T3 at the Alfred Dunhill PGA Championship in January
A week later, he put together rounds of 71-71-68-70 to T2 at the South African Open Championship, a stroke behind winnder David Frost
Had a second runner-up showing in April, on the Japan Golf Tour. At the 54-hole Kirin Open, he finished regulation tied with K.J. Choi before falling in a playoff. 1998: Struggled for a lot of the season, playing 19 European Tour events with only one top-10, a T8 at the English Open. 1997: Finished seventh at the European Tour Qualifying Tournament to earn his European Tour card for 1998
Lost in a playoff at the Asia-Pacific Ericsson Masters on the PGA Tour of Australia
Was also T5 at the unofficial Maekyung LG Fashion Open in South Korea. 1996: Top finish worldwide was a T13 at the Kirin Open on the Japan Golf Tour. 1993: Won first professional title, at the Southern Oklahoma State Open soon after turning professional. Amateur: Won first amateur tournament in India at age 13
Led Abilene Christian to the 1993 NCAA Division II championship as he captured the medalist title
Represented India at the 1996 Alfred Dunhill Cup, beating Andrew Coltart as India pulled an upset of Scotland. Also played for India in 1999 at the team event.