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Arjun Singh finishes 2nd

New Delhi: Indians ruled the roost at the Volvo Masters golf championship in Kuala Lumpur with Arjun Singh finishing second and Jyoti Randhawa becoming the first Indian ever to top the Asian Order of Merit list.

Arjun faltered on the final stretch Sunday to finish second at the season-ending tournament but nevertheless it was his best showing ever on the Asian PGA Tour.

Korean teenager Kevin Na won the final event of the Tour by two strokes at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club, according to information received here. The quartet finished two shots behind Na, who totalled 16-under 272.

The event also saw the crowning of Randhawa as the Asian number one. He became the first Indian winner of the Order of Merit title in the eight-year history of the Asian PGA circuit, having topped the earnings list.

He capped a remarkable rise to the top of the Asian golfing order, as he became the region’s new number one, replacing Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee. He shot a 70 to finish tied 32nd alongside his main rival Jaidee who needed to finish at least third to retain his crown.

The $3,933 cheque took Randhawa’s winnings to $266,263 from 15 tournaments. Thongchai was second with $242,558 while Arjun Atwal was third on $207,624.

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