Five Indians in top-10 of Asian Tour Order of Merit

Updated: Apr 13, 2011, 22:38 PM IST

New Delhi: Indian professional golfers are
currently ruling the roost on the Asian Tour Order of Merit
with as many as five Indians placed inside the top-10, thanks
to their exceptional performances in the first quarter of the
2011 season.

SSP Chowrasia maintains his stranglehold on the Order of
Merit where he has a comfortable lead with a earnings of USD
410,077. Chowrasia won the prestigious Avantha Masters on home
soil in February and followed that up with a tied 12th finish
at the Panasonic Open last week.

Sujjan Singh sits in second place with earnings of USD
97,326. Sujjan came through the Asian Tour Qualifying School
this year and thereafter made a major impact with a tied fifth
finish at the Avantha Masters and a tied 19th result at the
Panasonic Open.

Anirban Lahiri fulfilled his potential as one of India`s
rising stars when he won the Panasonic Open by defeating
countryman Manav Jaini and Singaporean veteran Mardan Mamat in
a three-way play-off at the Delhi Golf Club last week.

The 23-year-old`s maiden international triumph pushed him
up to fifth place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit with a
season haul of USD 57,720.

Shiv Kapur lies in seventh position on the Order of Merit
with earnings of USD 51,538, courtesy a tied ninth finish at
the Avantha Masters.

Manav Jaini has produced two brilliant performances this
season to occupy the 10th place. Jaini, who claimed tied third
position at the Indian Open last year, was the joint runner-up
at the recently concluded Panasonic Open and also secured
fourth place at the SAIL Open last month.