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Golf: Randhawa tees into top 100

Shiv Kapur (.99) soared to 151, leapfrogging 18 places from his previous rankings.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 12:48 IST

Recuperating from a rib injury after a bike accident in Qatar, seasoned Indian Jyoti Randhawa finally broke into the elite league of top 100 pro, according to the latest Official World Golf Rankings.

Randhawa, who will be teeing off in the Malaysian Open, moved one rung up to join the elite club with 1.35 average points, thus confirming his highest ranked Indian status.

Arjun Atwal (1.10), who missed the cut in the FBR Open and then in the just-concluded Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California, also moved one notch up for the 136th place.

Exciting Indian talent Shiv Kapur (.99) -- hailed by his childhood hero Fred Couples as the next Justine Leonard -- soared to 151, leapfrogging 18 places from his previous rankings, thanks to his tied 12th finish in the tri-sanctioned Johnnie Walker Classics in Perth.

Jeev Milkha Singh (.43) continues to languish at the bottom and the veteran pro slipped three rungs to 326.

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods' lead over Vijay Singh is 8.5 average points at the top of the table and the American's total number of weeks at World Number One is now 378.

Arron Oberholser, winner of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, breaks into the World Top 50 in 41st place, a rise of 39 places. Top 10: 1. Tiger Woods, USA (17.48) 2. Vijay Singh, Fiji (8.98)

3. Retief Goosen, S Africa (7.73) 4. Ernie Els, S Africa

(7.67) 5. Phil Mickelson, USA (7.47) 6. Sergio Garcia,

Spain (6.85) 7. Jim Furyk, USA (5.73) 8. Chris DiMarco.

First Published: Feb 13, 2006 17:42 IST