Four Indians in top-5 of Asian Order of Merit

March 17th, 2008 - 4:28 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) Indians golfers are dominating the Asian Tour Order of Merit with four of the top-five players being Indians. As Jeev Milkha Singh soared to second place on the strength of his runner-up finish at the Ballantine’s Championships on Sunday, S.S.P. Chowrasia, winner of the Emaar-MGF Indian Masters was lying third and Arjun Atwal, winner of the Maybank Malaysian Open was fourth. Jyoti Randhawa, second at the SAIL Open and riding a streak of great finishes including five top-10s, is fifth.

Jeev has earned $516,050, Chowrasia $426,260 and Atwal $419,387.

Another Indian, Digvijay Singh, occupied 10th place with $122,666; Shiv Kapur was 11th with $110,254 and Gaurav Ghei 14th with $96,456, taking the total number of Indians in top-15 to seven.

The Indians were also on song in Europe, as Jeev moved up to sixth place with 367,752 euros and Chowrasia was 12th with 286,883 euros and Atwal was 13th with 277,823 euros. Randhawa was 24th with 210,621 euros, which meant there were four Indians in the top-25. Shiv Kapur is 54th with 124,207 euros.

The Asian Tour heads to Thailand for the inaugural $300,000 Asian Tour International, a full-field Asian Tour event, at Pattana Golf and Sports Resort this week.

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