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Player Data
  • Eligibility Code: 8
  • Birthplace: Asansol, India
  • Residence: Calcutta, India
  • Birthdate: March 20, 1973
  • Age: 32
  • Turned Pro: 1995
Player Notes

Only the second Indian golfer to earn membership of The European Tour after Jeev Milka Singh, but became the first to win when he posted a five-stroke victory in the 2002 Caltex Singapore Masters at Laguna National Golf & Country Club to help him finish 89th on the Volvo Order of Merit. The man with a passion for sports cars got off to a fast start in 2003 too with his second European Tour victory, this time a four-stroke success in the Carlsberg Malaysian Open at The Mines Resort and Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur. Also ended the year in style, claiming the Hero Honda Masters on home soil to become the first player to surpass $1 million in career earnings on the Asian PGA Tour. Started playing golf at Royal Calcutta after being encouraged to take up the game by his father, Bindi, at the age of 14. Went to high school in America to study Literal Arts for two years. Coached by South African Sam Frost, brother of David, who also coaches Jeev. Played full-time on the Asian Tour since 1995, was 5th in their order of merit in 2000 & 2001, 3rd in 2000 and first in 2003. Since joining the Asian Tour in '95 he has earned $1,018,177 and won six times

Career Victories

European Tour
2 - 2002 Caltex Singapore Masters., 2003 Carlsberg Malaysian Open

6 - 1999 Wills Indian Open; 2000 Hero Honda Masters, India; 2000 Star Alliance Open, Hong Kong; 2002 Caltex Singapore Masters Presented by Carlsberg; 2003 Carlsberg Malaysian Open; 2003 Hero Honda Masters.

Career Summary

2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 7; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 71.71; money ?40,151 or �24,964 (ranked 182nd); best finish T9th, Mercedes-Benz South African Open.

2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 10; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 72.87 (157th); money ?231,643 or 147,698 (ranked 89th); Winner Caltex Singapore Masters.

2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 14; top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 71.74 (ranked T94th); money ?335,856 or �234,162 (ranked 63rd); Winner, Carlsberg Malaysian Open. Was the first native of India to join the PGA Tour after T7 finish at 2003 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

2004 Notes
Rookie made 12 cuts in 30 PGA Tour starts. Missed 14 cuts in 15 starts in the middle of the season, but ended strong by playing on the weekend eight times in last 10 appearances

2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; Rounds Played - 83; in money - 12; top -10 Finishes - 1; money $486,052 Rank (146th); Best finish: 6th at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro

2004 Stats
Scoring - 71.69 / (154th); Driving Distance - 289.4 / (73rd); Driving Accuracy - 60.5% / (148th); GIR - 62.5% / (162nd); Putting - 1.766 / (61st); Birdie Average - 3.47 per rd / (114th) / Total Birdies - 288; Sand Saves - 43.5% / (165th); All-Around Rank - 1053 / (163rd)

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