Nusajaya (Malaysia): Rising golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar was the best-placed Indian at fifth in the Asian Tour Order of Merit, which was topped by Thai veteran Thaworn Wiratchant for a second time in his career.
Wiratchant, who played all 25 events on the Asian Tour this season, started the final event of the season USD 25,000 ahead of his nearest rival.
But going into the final day of the truncated Iskandar Johor Open, he knew he could still be beaten as he was two shots behind Australian Marcus Fraser.
But Thaworn, who completes 46 on December 28, seemed to have settled the fight within the first few holes. He finished his third and final round at seven-under 65 and ended at 11-under 205 for tied fifth eventually.
He picked up USD 60,440 and finished with a total of 738,046, while Fraser, tied for 21st to earn USD 20,400 for the week and aggregate USD 672,744 for second place.
Bhullar was the top Indian after his tied 21st finish fetched him USD 20,400 and gave him a total of USD 451,245 and a fifth place.
Shiv Kapur (USD 358,725) was seventh and Anirban Lahiri (USD 289,731) was 10th. SSP Chowrasia, who earned USD 37,750 for his 10th place, was 26th on the OOM with 152,488.
On Sunday, when play was suspended because of a threat of lightning, Fraser still had two more holes to go and play.
But the race for the OOM was effectively over, as Fraser was one-under for the day and seven-under for the tournament and could not have overtaken Thaworn, who had finished at 11-under.
Thaworn becomes the third player after Thongchai Jaidee (2001, 2004 and 2009) and Jeev Milkha Singh (2006 and 2008) to win the OOM more than once.
In 2012, Thaworn won three titles – the Queen's Cup, the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters and the Hero Indian Open – and was sole second once and tied second three times. Seven years ago, when he won the Order of Merit for the first time, he had won four tournaments.


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