Arjun Atwal tops Asian Order of Merit list

New Delhi Oct. 22. Ace Indian golfer Arjun Atwal has extended his lead at the top of the Asian PGA Tour Order of Merit after his third place finish in the Macau Open on Sunday.

Atwal pocketed US $ 15,500 for his fine effort and now leads second-placed Zhang Lian-wei of China by US $ 78,174 in the race to finish the year as Asia's number one, according to a press issued by the Asian PGA here today.

The Indian star who won the European Tour-sanctioned Carlsberg Malaysian Open in February, has, so far, accumulated US $ 233,743 in this season.

Other two Indians who also found place in the list of top-20 are Amandeep Johl and Arjun Singh on 14th and 17th place respectively.

However, there were minimal movements in the top-10 of the Order of Merit following the Macau event.

Scotland's Colin Montgomerie won the Macau Open for his first victory of the year, defeating surprise-package Scott Barr of Australia in a play-off.

The Asian PGA Tour heads to China this week for the inaugural Sanya Open at the spectacular Yalong Bay Golf Club on Hainan island.

The top-60 players on the Order of Merit list following the Omega Hong Kong Open will qualify for the Volvo Masters of Asia, to be played at Bangkok Golf Club from December 11-14.

Order of Merit (top-20): 1. Arjun Atwal (Ind) $ 233,743.58; 2. Zhang Lian-Wei (Chn) $ 155,569.58; 3. Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) $ 138,786.69; 4. Brad Kennedy (Aus) $ 121,808.5; 5. Chung Joon (Kor) $ 104,019.18; 6. Thammanoon Srirot (Tha) $ 94,797.59; 7. Simon Yates (Sco) $ 82,370.19; 8. Thaworn Wirachant (Tha) $ 82,154.87; 9. Rick Gibson (Can) $ 78,740.07; 10. Lin Wen-ko (Tpe) $ 78,187.47; 11. Shin Yong-jin (Kor) $ 74,613; 12. Ted Purdy (US) $ 72,580; 13. Daniel Chopra (Swe) $ 69,793.45; 14. Amandeep Johl (Ind) $ 67,650.8; 15. Prayad Marksaeng (Tha) $ 67,030.71; 16. Mike Cunning (US) $ 60,453.57; 17. Arjun Singh (Ind) $ 56,511.95; 18. Ted Oh (Kor) $ 49,625.67; 19. Craig Kamps (RSA) $ 47,541.58; 20. Lin Keng-chi (Tpe) $ 47,280.02. — PTI

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