Thongchai Jaidee's third-place finish at the Myanmar Open has widened his lead at the top of the Asian Tour Order of Merit. The Thai, last year's Asian number one, has now accumulated US$212,860 from three tournaments this season with Japan's Kiyoshi Miyazato lying in second place on US$193,423 following his win in last December's Okinawa Open. India's Jyoti Randhawa is third on US$140,545, thanks largely to his second place outing at the Carlsberg Malaysian Open two weeks ago. Thongchai won the Malaysian title and subsequently finished well up on the leaderboard in Yangon on Sunday to pick up US$11,200. The result also saw Thongchai move up a notch to 57th place in the world ranking as he continues his push for a US Masters slot in April, which requires him to be in the top-50 a week before the Masters. Myanmar Open champion Scott Strange of Australia jumped into 10th place on the latest Asian Tour rankings with US$32,300, the winning cheque in Yangon. Canadian Rick Gibson, last week's runner-up, moved into ninth place with a total haul of US$37,298. India's Ashok Kumar, who finished tied third alongside Thongchai in Myanmar, is now ranked 35th. The Asian Tour moves to Phuket this week for the US$500,000 Thai Airways International Thailand Open at Blue Canyon Golf and Country Club where Thai veteran Boonchu Ruangkit is the defending champion.