December 11: Asian Tour member Des Terblanche kept up his title chase at the Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Course at Mpumalanga, South Africa with a second round two-under-par 70 on Friday.
The big South African has a two-day total of five-under-par 139, two behind halfway leader Peter Gustafsson of
Kuala Lumpur, December 12: India’s Jyoti Randhawa won one of the most memorable showdowns in recent times when he beat Australian Terry Pilkadaris in a play-off to lift the US$550,000 Volvo Masters of Asia title today.
Kuala Lumpur, December 12: Thai star Thongchai Jaidee won the Asian Tour Order of Merit crown after finishing fifth in his title defence of the season-ending US$550,000 Volvo Masters of Asia today.
The former paratrooper completed another impressive season with his second merit title in four years, finishing about US$30,000 ahead of Sunday’s winner Jyoti Randhawa of
In nine starts on the Asian Tour this year, Thongchai won two titles and posted five other top-10s to accumulate US$381,929, which is a new record for money won in a single season.
Kuala Lumpur, December 11:
Prayad fired an impressive five-under-par 67 at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club while veteran campaigner Wang scrambled to a 69 to share the top spot on 12-under-par 204.
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The smooth-swinging Prayad, using new equipment this week except for a trusty three wood, was in his element with a bogey-free card but needed to make two huge par saves on 16 and 17 to give himself a shot of ending a four-year title drought at the Volvo Masters of Asia.
“Everything worked nicely,” said the stocky-built
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Kuala Lumpur, December 10: India’s Jyoti Randhawa was two-strokes clear of the chasing pack at the US$550,000 Volvo Masters of Asia on Friday despite a late wobble en route to a two-under-par 70 in the second round.
The former Asian number one, who began his campaign with a superb 63 on Thursday, threatened to extend his overnight four-shot advantage by turning in 32 at the lush Kota Permai Golf and Country Club but tripped up on the inward nine with three bogeys and a birdie.
Randhawa, the Asian number one in 2002, was in imperious form at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club and left the elite field in his wake with his nine-birdie round in what is the Asian Tour’s season finale.
Compatriot Jeev Milkha Singh carded a 67 for second place while
The former paratrooper warmed up for his title defence in the US$550,000 season-ending event by shooting six consecutive birdies in Tuesday’s pro-am, signalling a clear warning to his rivals at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club.
It could be a double celebration for the talented Thai as he is well positioned to win the Order of Merit title as he is US$52,957 ahead of closest challenger Simon Yates of
The US$550,000 Volvo Masters of Asia boasts one of the strongest fields yet on this season’s Asian Tour, with Thai star Thongchai Jaidee poised to face a stern challenge in his title defence. Last year, Thongchai won the Volvo-sponsored event on home soil and the former paratrooper will be looking to complete a unique double as he had won the Carlsberg Malaysia Open here in February.
The season climax will be a championship within a championship as Thongchai is also battling for the Asian Tour Order of Merit crown against in-form Scotsman Simon Yates. They are the only two players in the running for the merit title.
December 7: Asian Tour member Charlie Wi fired a four-under-par 68 in the sixth and final round of the US PGA Tour Qualifying School Finals at PGA West to secure his card for the 2005 season.
The Korean, winner of the Taiwan Open this year, finished in tied 26th place with a six-day aggregate of 425 to squeeze in right on the cut mark. Former Asian regular Dean Wilson also regained his full playing privileges with a final round 72 for a 423 aggregate.
However, several other Asian Tour members failed to earn their cards.
Former soldier Thongchai, last year’s winner of the Volvo Masters of Asia, finished tied 39th in the Omega Hong Kong Open on Sunday, one shot ahead of Yates and preserved his lead at the top of the Order of Merit. The Thai has built a US$52,957 advantage over second-ranked Yates going into this week’s season-ender at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club.
With US$99,000 on offer to the winner this week, and US$62,000 to the runner-up, Yates cannot finish lower than second place if he is to prevent Thongchai of a second Merit title in four years.