22 Feb : Ace Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh has won the the Johnnie Walker Asian Player of the Year award for the second time in his career.Promising Korean golfer Noh Seung-yul won the Rising Star award, while Camilo Villegas of Colombia bagged the Young Player of the Year award at a gala evening in Perth last night.
Jeev, who produced an impressive season last year during which he won four times around the world and also claimed his second Asian Tour’s Order of Merit title in three years, made history by becoming the first player in Asian golf history to surpass USD one million in earnings during a single season.
The Indian bagged the award over Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei and the Thai duo Prayad Marksaeng and Thongchai Jaidee.The 17-year-old Noh beat compatriot Bae Sang-moon, Ryo Ishikawa of Japan and Ben Leong of Malaysia for the Asian Rising Star award after impressive performance in the Asian Tour last year.
World number nine Villegas beat Rory McIlroy of Ireland, American Anthony Kim, Germany’s Martin Kaymer, Australian Rick Kulacz and Pablo Larrazabal of Spain for his award.
Villegas won the last two events on the US PGA Tour last season to figure among world’s top-10.