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Asian Dynasty Cup team announced

Jyoti Randhawa, India's first ever winner this year of the Davidoff Asian Tour's Order of Merit crown, has been included in the Asia team to play Japan in the inaugural Dynasty Cup at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China, from March 14-16, 2003.

So too has Thai star Thongchai Jaidee, last year's Asia No one, who over the two years (2001 and 2002) topped the points list of automatic qualifiers for Asia's eight-man Dynasty Cup team.

The team has been finalized following last Sunday's season-closing Volvo Masters of Asia and along with Jaidee includes two other Thais in Thammanoon Srirot and Thaworn Wiratchant, a second Indian in Arjun Atwal, South Korea's Charlie Wi and Kang Wook-soon and China's number one and two Zhang Lian-wei and Thammanoon Srirot.

Randhawa grabbed the last automatic qualifying position in eighth place, finishing just ahead of Korean Kevin Na, who won the Volvo Masters of Asia, and has been named as first reserve for the team.

Non-playing captain Hsieh Min-nan of Taiwan has still to name his four wild card picks and Japan their entire team.

In the meantime Ramlan Haron, Executive Director of the Asian PGA, is convinced that the eight players who have so far been announced are the best

"The selection procedure which uses a points system based on the Davidoff Tour has ensured that the cream rose to the top and I'm sure we will parade the finest eight Asian players against Japan next March," said.

"We'll finalise the rest of the captain's picks soon, but based on the strength in depth of our team, we are already confident of giving Japan a really good run for their money.

Final Asian Dynasty Cup Team Standings:

The Eight Automatric Qualifiers:
1 Thongchai JAIDEE THA 853.75 points
2 Charlie WI KOR 651.00
3 Arjun ATWAL IND 471.50
4 Thammanoon SRIROT THA 433.67
5 Thaworn WIRATCHANT THA 379.60
6 KANG Wook-soon KOR 365.25
7 ZHANG Lian-Wei CHN 324.00
8 Jyoti RANDHAWA IND 310.75

The First Reserve:
9 Kevin NA KOR 278.85


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