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2006's brightest sports stars

Jeev Milkha Singh

December 26, 2006
Jeev Milkha Singh broke into the illustrious list of world's top-50 golfers to become the first-ever Indian to be eligible to play in the Masters. He capped a successful season, triumphing at the Japan Tour's Nippon Series, which elevated him eight places to 47th in the world golf rankings.

Riding the form of his life, the Chandigarh pro was unstoppable this year. He won the China Open in April and the Volvo Masters in Spain in October and was crowned the Asian Tour's UBS Order of Merit winner after a joint-third place finish at the UBS Hong Kong Open last month.

Having won his back-to-back titles on the Japan Tour in two consecutive weeks, the Indian ace realised his dream of a top-50 entry and automatic qualification to the prestigious US Masters next April.

From a lowly 319th in the world rankings back in April, he has indeed pulled off a remarkable turnaround.

Who do you think were 2006's brightest stars? Tell us!

Text: Ivan Crasto
Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
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