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Order of merit crown is icing on cake for Jeev

India's ace golfer Jeev Milkha says the UBS Asian Order of Merit title has helped him cap a dream year in style.

india Updated: Nov 20, 2006 16:04 IST

India's ace golfer Jeev Milkha says the UBS Asian Order of Merit title has helped him cap a dream year in style.

Jeev's tied third finish at the USD 2 million UBS Hong Kong Open yesterday cemented his career's first merit crown and the genial golfer said he was ready to usher in the celebrations early.

"I am very excited. It is like a Christmas gift to me. I am ready for Christmas!" said Jeev.

Jeev, who is having the finest season of his career, achieved the feat with one event, the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia in Bangkok next month, still to go.

"This year has been excellent. It's like a dream year. With a tied third finish here and winning the UBS Order of Merit, it has just been perfect for me," he said.

Jeev closed with a four-under-par 66 at the Hong Kong Golf Club and his 12-under-par total was three shots behind winner Jose Manuel Lara of Spain.

Jeev's rise to the Asian summit was a welcome return to prominence as he spent many years in the wilderness following a string of injuries and loss in confidence.