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Amateur Arjun Prasad, Sujjan Singh earn Asian Tour cards

Press Trust of India  |  Bangkok 

Amateur Arjun Prasad and Sujjan Singh, who is on a comeback trail, were the only two Indians to grab the coveted the Asian Tour card for 2017 as both finished in tied 13th place at the end of the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage here.

Prasad shot his fourth successive round in the 60s. His rounds were 66, 67, 69 and 68 for a total of 18-under 270.

Sujjan Singh shot a fine six-under 66 in the final round to post a similar aggregate. His earlier rounds were 68, 66, 70 and 66 and today he had five birdies, an eagle two and one bogey.

Of the other Indians -- Abhijit Chadha (73) and Ashok Kumar (69) -- were tied-44th and Ajeetesh Sandhu (66) finished tied-53rd. Manu Gandas (68) was tied-66th, while Udayan Mane (73) was tied-82nd and Aman Raj (72) was tied-99th.

Australia's Richard Green topped when he defeated compatriot Todd Sinnott with a birdie at the first play-off hole to secure his playing rights.

"It took me a few years to build up to this. I had a wrist injury a few years ago and my game just wasn't there and I lost my card. I took a year off to work hard on my game and I felt I was ready for Q School this time around. I changed quite a few things and my approach toward the game. It's a brand new game that I brought with me this week and I guess it's working," Sujjan said.

"It has taken a few years for me to get back to where I am. I suffered that injury in 2012 and I tried to come back and play a little too early. That injury kept recurring and that obviously affected my form. But all that is behind me and I am looking forward to 2017," he added.

For Prasad, winner of the Faldo Series Grand Finals Asia, it was a big step into pro golf, as he plans to turn to pro after this success.

Australian Green earned his Tour card on the back of a gruelling week which saw him complete with distinction at the Suvarnabhumi Golf and Country Club.

The 45-year-old marked his card with a nine-under-par 63 to sign off with four-day total of 28-under-par 260 which is the third lowest ever score in the Asian Tour history for a 72-hole scoring.

Despite being defeated in the play-off by his role model, Sinnott was delighted to post a final round 62. His closing 260 total was also the lowest score he has ever signed for in his career.

Players finishing inside the top-six at the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage will tee up at the season-opener, SMBC Singapore Open next week.

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First Published: Sat, January 14 2017. 19:42 IST