May 2: Rahil Gangjee’s surprise victory in the inaugural Volkswagen Masters – China on Sunday has vaulted him to 13th place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
The Indian rookie, playing in only his fourth event of the year, triumphed in the US$300,000 event after prevailing in a play-off over Korea’s Mo Joong-kyung at Pine Valley Golf Club in Beijing.
His winner’s cheque of US$48,450 took his year’s earnings to US$50,732 and just outside the top-10 ranking on the money list. Runner-up Mo Joong-kyung moved from 28th to 11th place on the ranking with his total haul of US$60,177.
Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee is still leading the Order of Merit with US$332,375. Thongchai, winner of the Carlsberg Malaysian Open and Myanmar Open in February, is currently playing in Europe.
India’s Jyoti Randhawa trails Thongchai in second place with his haul of US$221,422 while Japan’s Hideto Tanihara is third with US$194,197.
Gangjee defeated a Volkswagen Masters field that included European Ryder Cup player Phillip Price, who finished tied third, six-time Major winner Nick Faldo, and Welshman Ian Woosnam.
His victory over Mo was the first play-off on the Asian Tour this season. The circuit heads to the US$275,000 Macau Open from May 6-9, with world number eight Padraig Harrington of Ireland and Chinese star Zhang Lian-wei headlining the event.
There will be Live Scoring for the Macau Open on the Asian Tour’s official website, www.asiantour.com.
Asian Tour Order of Merit – Top 20
POS PLAYER (US$)
1. Thongchai JAIDEE (THA) 332,375
2. Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND) 221,422
3. Hideto TANIHARA (JPN) 194,197
4. Brad KENNEDY (AUS) 156,412
5. Greg HANRAHAN (USA) 127,579
6. Boonchu RUANGKIT (THA) 121,783
7. Simon YATES (SCO) 119,395
8. Mardan MAMAT (SIN) 115,518
9. Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) 94,901
10. Chawalit PLAPHOL (THA) 70,696
11. MO Joong-kyung (KOR) 60,177
12. Charlie WI (KOR) 57,992
13. Rahil GANGJEE (IND) 50,732
14. YANG Yong-eun (KOR) 50,705
15. CHUNG Joon (KOR) 50,436
16. Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 49,842
17. Ted OH (KOR) 49,820
18. Anthony KANG (USA) 47,887
19. LEE Sung-man (KOR) 44,968
20. Unho PARK (AUS) 43,253
THE ASIAN TOUR SCORECARD
The Asian Tour is the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia. Established in Singapore on January 5, 2004, the Asian Tour represents the interests of its members and will stage a minimum 21 tournaments in 2004 with total prize money of US$11.3 million. The Asian Tour is a non-profit organisation where our mission is to expand tournament golf so as to substantially enhance the careers of its members, thereby developing and growing golf in Asia while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game.