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Born to a Swedish mother and Indian father. Claims to be the first person to hit a golf ball off the Great Wall of China, in 1995. Moved to India at age 7 and was raised by grandparents. Won the All-India Junior Golf Championship at the age of 14. Won two more Indian Junior titles plus the Doug Sanders World Junior title. Finished T3 at the 2000 Tour Players Championship on the Japan Golf Tour. Member of the European Tour 1996-2000. Won the 2002 Mercuries Masters on the Asian Tour at the Taiwan G&CC after gaining entry on a sponsor?s invitation. Posted a 4-under 284 total to win by one and collect the $69,565 first-place check.
2 - First Tee Arkansas Classic, Henrico County Open. Other Victories: 2002 Mercuries Masters
2002 Nationwide Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 8; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 72.02 (ranked 113th); money - $41,269 (ranked 90th); best finish -T5th, Fort Smith Classic
2003 Nationwide Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 69.76 (ranked 8th); money - $178,799 (ranked 21st); best finish -T3rd, LaSalle Bank Open. Joined the PGA Tour as a rookie in 2004 after sixth-place finish at 2003 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. Did not qualify for the 2004 Bank of America Colonial and took advantage of a return to the Nationwide Tour with a record 30-under-par 258 at the Henrico County Open in Glen Allen, VA. He broke the Tour mark by four strokes...Earlier in the year he won the Nationwide Tour's First Tee Arkansas Classic when he was ineligible for the PGA Tour's MCI Heritage.
Made huge leap up the Official World Golf Ranking list from 504th to 208th by season's end.
2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 33; rounds played - 106; in money - 20; Top-10 finishes - 3; money - $763,253; (ranked 108th); best finish - T-4th at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
scoring average - 70.93 / (72nd); driving distance - 295.9 / (26th); driving accuracy - 58.6% / (169th); GIR - 63.9% / (122nd); putting - 1.748 / (19th); birdie average - 3.79 per rd / (31st) / total birdies - 402; sand saves - 52.2% / (53rd); all-around; rank - 557 / (39th).
Nine Top-25 finishes.
2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 34; rounds played - 104; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 2; money - $893,368; (ranked 90th); best finish - T-9th at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans
scoring average - 71.05 / (92nd); driving distance - 297.3 / (35th); driving accuracy - 55.5% / (187th); GIR - 63.9% / (132nd); putting - 1.778 / (92nd); birdie average - 3.64 per rd / (60th) / total birdies - 379; sand saves - 55.0% / (37th); all-around; rank - 747 / (86th).
Had best season of career, making 22 cuts in 33 starts, finishing in the Top-10 six times (including runner-up at the Frys.com Open) and collecting a career-best $1,530,455
2006 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 33; rounds played - 107; in money - 22; Top-10 finishes - 6; money - $1,530,455; (ranked 54th); best finish - 2T- at the Frys.Com Open
scoring average - 70.83 / (67th); driving distance - 298.5 / (29th); driving accuracy - 56.7% / (179th); GIR - 63.5% / (148th); putting - 1.712 / (1st); birdie average - 4.07 per rd / (4th) / total birdies - 435; sand saves - 52.7% / (53rd); all-around; rank - 509 / (19th)