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Jeev wins his third title of the year

The win is Jeev's first in Japan in six years after wins at Volvo China Open and Volvo Masters of Europe.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2006 17:50 IST

In-form Jeev Milkha Singh braved rain and tough conditions at Kochi, Japan on Sunday to win the Casio World Open golf tournament and end his six-year title drought in Japan.

Displaying his best iron play of the season, Jeev closed his final round with a 10-foot birdie that gave him a score of four-under 68 and a four-round total of 16-under 272 to bag the cheque of 28 million yen (approx. $241,000).

David Smail of New Zealand shot a 68 and finished two shots behind Jeev at 14-under 274, while Shingo Katayama (68), Toshinori Muto (70), Lin Keng Chi (69) and Tetsuya Haraguchi (72) ended third at 12-under 276.

The win was Jeev's first in Japan in six years and his third title of the year after wins at Volvo China Open in April and Volvo Masters of Europe in September.

It also meant Jeev has now won on three Tours this year with Volvo China being a joint-sanctioned event on Asian and European Tour and Volvo Masters, the biggest event on European Tour.

The result also continued his amazing run through 2006, during which he won three times, finished in top-ten 11 times in 16 starts in Japan and had 15 worldwide top-10 finishes.

"It really has been a dream season," Jeev said after receiving his trophy at the par-72 Kochi Kuroshio Country Club.

"I played really solid. The weather was not good as it was raining and cold but I played nicely. I went out there and birdied the first hole and putted well the whole round," he said.

First Published: Nov 26, 2006 17:50 IST