Randhawa crosses $2mn landmark at Asian Tour Order

February 18th, 2008 - 3:25 pm ICT by admin  

Singapore, Feb 18 (IANS) Jyoti Randhawa has become the second player in Asian Tour history to go past the two million dollar mark with his tied seventh place finish at the Astro Enjoy Indonesia Open. The Indian golfer Sunday earned $30,960, which carried his career earnings from Asian Tour to over $2 million.

The first player to cross the $2 million was Thongchai Jaidee, who has earned over $2.6 million.

Meanwhile on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit race, there was a significant Indian flavour in the top-five following Jeev Milkha Singh’s rise into second place. Jeev, the 2006 Asian Tour number one, earned $133,330 after finishing second in Indonesia Sunday.

Compatriot S.S.P Chowrasia remained firmly on top of the rankings with $416,660 after his stunning victory at the Emaar-MGF Indian Masters two weeks ago.

There are four Indians in the top five of the Asian Tour Order of Merit and a total of six Indians in top eight.

Thailand’s Prom Meesawat moved to fourth place on the Order of Merit thanks to his third place result in Jakarta. With $81,060 in the bank this season, the burly Thai lurks behind third ranked Indian player Digvijay Singh.

The other steady movers were India’s Gaurav Ghei in fifth place on the money list while New Zealander Mark Brown is in sixth spot. After his show Sunday, Randhawa was ranked seventh and is just $220 ahead of Arjun Atwal (eighth).

The Asian Tour moves back to India for the inaugural SAIL Open Golf Championship at Jaypee Greens Resort, on the outskirts of New Delhi.

The $400,000 tournament, which will be headlined by Chowrasia and last year’s Order of Merit champion Liang Wen-chong of China, will begin Wednesday instead of the customary Thursday start.

Also hitting a landmark was Chinese Taipei veteran Wang Ter-chang when he crossed $1 million barrier. Wang also finished seventh at Jakarta and earned $30,960 at Cengkareng Golf Club.

The 35-year-old Randhawa, a six-time winner in Asia, extended his steady start to the year where he picked up $26,000 from the season-opening Emaar-MGF Indian Masters two weeks ago and maintained his momentum in Jakarta where he closed with a superb eight-under-par 62.

Asian Tour Order of Merit - Top-10

Position Player Order of Merit (US dollars)
1 S.S.P. Chowrasia (IND) 416,660
2 Jeev Milkha Singh (IND) 133,330
3 Digvijay Singh (IND) 115,500
4 Prom Meesawat (THA) 81,060
5 Gaurav Ghei (IND) 73,640
6 Mark Brown (NZL) 64,690
7 Jyoti Randhawa (IND) 56,960
8 Arjun Atwal (IND) 56,740
9 Scott Hend (AUS) 40,860
10 Hendrik Buhrmann (RSA) 40,500

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