Jeev tied fifth, moves up to 10th in European Order of Merit

September 29th, 2008 - 7:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Belfry (England), Sep 29 (IANS) Jeev Milkha Singh rounded off another great top-five finish, despite a one-over 73 on the final day of the Quinn British Masters Sunday.Though Jeev, still recovering from his ankle injury, finished only fifth, his winnings of Euros 88,610 carried him into the top-10 of the European Tour rankings.

Jeev is now 10th and should he stay in the top-15, he will get entry into the Majors, British and US Opens next year, besides which he will also be sure for the PGA Championships, where he was ninth this year.

Meanwhile, the other Indian in fray, Shiv Kapur, had another disappointing outing with a final round of 74. He finished with a total of seven-over 295. He was tied 59th that saw him slide down to 115th in the Money List. He is now right on the bubble as only top-115 get to keep their cards for the following year.

Jeev, who was tied for third at the end of the third round, which was completed only Sunday morning, slipped to fifth with a total of six-under 282. Jeev carded 69 and then shot his only over-par round of the week on the final day.

“I will take this finish. I was rusty, coming back after a break. I am playing well, but whenever you come back after a break, it takes a bit of time. As for my ankle, it is improving,” he said.

On his recent run of tournaments, he added, “I am happy with the way the season is going as I have a win in Europe and Japan and couple of second place finishes in Asia. Also the PGA finish in top-10 was satisfying, though I was aiming for a top-5.”

As for the season-ending goals, Jeev said: “My aim is to be inside top-50 and I am quite close to it. Also it would be nice to round off the year with a win or two. I am playing some events in Europe and then the big ones in Asia and the World Cup with Jyoti (Randhawa) in China.”

Jeev was off to a steady start as he parred his first five holes before hitting a double-bogey on the sixth hole. He had another bogey on the ninth, as he turned in three-over.

But birdies on the 10th and 13th raised hopes only to see another bogey on 16th. He quickly made up with a birdie on 17th to end at 73.

Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (67), who was tied for third spot with Jeev, took the title beating Englishman Lee Westwood (70) in a play-off. From 105th in European Money list, he rose to 33rd with this win.

The duo was tied at 12-under 276 after the regulation four rounds. New Zealand’s Michael Campbell (72) settled for the third spot at 10-under 278.

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