While SSP Chowrasia (416,660 US dollars) and Jeev Milkha Singh (133,330 US dollars) continue to occupy the top two positions on the UBS Asian Tour Order of Merit, as they did at the end of last week, Digvijay Singh (116,520 US dollars) has dropped from third position to fourth.
The good news for Indian golf fans is that Jyoti Randhawa (86,133 US dollars) has climbed from seventh to fifth after his tied second finish at the SAIL Open. Randhawa, who recently broke the 2 million US dollars barrier in career earnings on the Asian Tour, is in the top 5 of the current UBS Asian Tour Order of Merit.
The former Asia number 1 has been in sublime form of late having already posted three top 10s in 2008.
Randhawa's three top 10 finishes in 2008 have been tied seventh at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (European Tour), tied seventh at the Enjoy Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open (joint sanctioned by European and Asian Tour) and tied second at the SAIL Open (Asian Tour).
The other Indians in the top 10 of the UBS Asian Tour Order of Merit are Gaurav Ghei (seventh) and Arjun Atwal (ninth). Shiv Kapur is tied 21st place.
The Indian professionals have another great opportunity to consolidate their position on the UBS Asian Tour Order of Merit when they take on the best in the world during next week's Johnnie Walker Classic (2.5 million US dollars) on their home turf at the DLF Golf&Country Club.