Indian golfing might on view again in Malaysia

March 5th, 2008 - 8:27 pm ICT by admin  

Kuala Lumpur, March 5 (IANS) India’s new might in Asian and European golf will once again be in full view when no less than eight players tee off at the $2 million Maybank Malaysian Open at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club Thursday. Indian golfers have contended at every Asian and European Tour event since the Emaar-MGF Indian Masters last month. Three of those events have been held in India and S.S.P. Chowrasia set the tone with a stunning win at the Indian Masters where he finished on top in a star-studded field that included Ernie Els among others.

Then at the Indonesia Open, Jeev Milkha Singh was beaten to second place on the 72nd hole while at the SAIL Open, Jyoti Randhawa was second after looking close to a win all week. Last Sunday, at the Johnnie Walker Classic, Randhawa faltered at the end and finished eighth, but Shiv Kapur was fifth as Indians kept their streak of having at least two players in the top-10 at each of the last four events.

Such has been the Indian dominance that of the eight players teeing up this week, six have had a top-10 finish this season. Randhawa has been the standout with three top-10s in last four events.

The Indian presence in the Asian Tour Order of Merit is also incredible with six Indians in top 10.

At the Malaysian Open, two of the Indian players Arjun Atwal and Randhawa have a special reason to look forward to it. While Atwal has been a past champion having won in 2003, Randhawa won the Volvo Masters of Asia at this very course in 2004.

It will be Atwal’s last event in Asia before he heads back to United States for Nationwide, while Randhawa is playing his eighth week in a row. In his last seven, he has been in top-10 four times.

Randhawa, the Asia No. 1 in 2002, goes out with two former Asia No. 1s, Simon Dyson and Thaworn Wiratchant, while Atwal will tee off in the company of Jose Manuel Lara of Spain and Soren Kjeldsen.

Chowrasia goes out with David Howell, winner of the HSBC Champions ahead of Tiger Woods in 2006, and Peter Hedblom, the defending champion in Malaysian Open.

Jeev has been paired with Nick Dougherty and Liang Wen-Chong while Kapur goes with Michael Campbell and Darren Clarke.

Gaurav Ghei, who went through an unfortunate disqualification last week, will be hoping to put the disappointment behind him as he tees up with Graeme Storm and Indonesia Open winner Felipe Aguilar.

Rahil Gangjee plays with Scott Strange and Robert Jan-Derksen and Amandeep Johl will play with Martin Erlandsson and Thammanoon Srirot.

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