Kuala Lumpur: Indian golfer Jeev Milkha
Singh, who is currently plying his trade on the US PGA Tour,
is second in the Asian Tour`s career money list with earnings
of USD 2.8 million.
Jeev signed off a creditable tied 18th in the Wyndham
Championship yesterday, a tournament where Arjun Atwal became
the first Indian to clinch a PGA Tour title.
Reigning Asian Tour number one Thongchai Jaidee leads the
earnings with slightly over USD four million accumulated over
a span of a decade competing in the region`s elite circuit.
With 12 victories under his belt, the most by a player on
the Asian Tour, the former paratrooper is well ahead of Jeev.
Other Thai stand-outs featuring on the career earnings
list include Thaworn Wiratchant, who is ranked fourth with USD
2.5 million, and Prayad Marksaeng, who is placed sixth with
USD 2.3 million.
Chapchai Nirat (14th, USD 1.36 million), Thammanoon
Srirot (15th, USD 1.31 million), Chawalit Plaphol (16th, USD
1.23 million), Prom Meesawat (22nd, USD 1.1 million) and
veteran Boonchu Ruangkit (23rd, 1.1 million) are all featured
in the top-25, making Thailand the country with the most
players in the elite bracket.
In total, the eight Thai players have an accumulated
wealth of over USD 15 million, thanks largely to a staggering
45 career victories between them in Asia.
Since the inauguration of the Asian Tour as a members`
organisation in 2004, a total of 22 tournaments have been
played in Thailand and offering a combined purse of USD 29
million in prize money.