Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh was named the Johnnie Walker Asian Player of the Year for 2006 on Saturday, adding another accolade to his growing stature, while up and coming Thai player Chinarat Phadungsil was awarded the Asian Rising Star Award.
Singh had a prosperous 2006 season winning four times around the world, including victory at the Volvo China Open before finishing his season strongly by winning the European Tour's Volvo Masters in Spain and securing back-to-back triumphs in Japan.
The 36 year-old capped his year by securing his first Asian Tour Order of Merit crown, rising to 37th in the world rankings and earning a start in the US Masters.
Singh, the son of the famous Indian Sikh athlete Milkha Singh, became the first Indian to make the top 50 in the world rankings, and also received India's second highest civil honour, the Padma Vibhushan which recognises exceptional and distinguished service to the nation in any field, in 2007.
Meanwhile, 18 year-old Chinarat is one of Asia's most promising talents, winning the 2006 Crowne Plaza Open in China, just a year after becoming the youngest title holder in the region when he lifted the Double A International Open on home soil while still an amateur.
Spaniard Alvaro Quiros earned the Young Player of the Year Award after a great twelve months which included winning the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.
The awards, handed out Saturday night during the week of the Johnnie Walker Classic being played in Thailand, have been running for over a decade.
The other players nominated for the Asian Player of the Year were South Korea's Yang Yong-eun and Prom Meesawat of Thailand.