19th June 2019 | Asian Tour

Refreshed Jazz aims high at the Kolon Korea Open

Cheonan, Korea, June 19: Thailand’s rising star Jazz Janewattananond will take aim at a fourth Asian Tour title and a second one this season when he tees off for the 62nd Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club on Thursday.

Feeling refreshed and recharged after a week’s break, Jazz is raring to get back into action at the prestigious KRW 1,200 million (approximately US$1,067,000) event, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Korea Golf Association (KGA).

Despite falling just short of qualifying for the U.S. Open last week, Jazz finds positives as he set sights on achieving other goals, which include breaking into the world’s top-50 to qualify for the World Golf Championships – FedEx St. Jude Invitational next month.

Placed second on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, the 23-year-old Jazz will also be looking for a fine showing to close the gap on Scott Hend of Australia, a 10-time winner on Tour who is also in the talented 144-man field vying for top honours this week.

Hend, who became the first Australian to be crowned the Asian Tour Order of Merit champion in 2016, is relishing his return to Woo Jeong Hills Country Club for the National Open of Korea where he last played in 2007.

Apart from the all-important Merit race, the 45-year-old Hend is also raring to qualify for The Open at Royal Portrush in July by securing a solid result at the Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship, which is part of The Open Qualifying Series.

Two spots will be awarded to the leading two players (not otherwise exempt) finishing in the top-eight and ties at the event, which is the second of the three Asian Tour events to be played in Korea this year.

Korean hotshot Sanghyun Park, who is set to make his second appearance at The Open next month, will put his course knowledge and past experiences to good use once again in his National Open, where he came in runner-up 12 months ago.

Other notable players include three-time PGA TOUR winner Kevin Na of the United States, defending champion Minchel Choi of Korea, Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe, as well as Thai duo Poom Saksansin and Prom Meesawat.

Did you know?

  • Jazz Janewattananond will be making his second appearance at the Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship this week. He came in tied-32nd last year.
  • The 23-year-old Jazz has been enjoying a great run of form since winning his third Asian Tour title at the season-opener in Singapore in January. Apart from notching four other top-10s to sit in second place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, Jazz also enjoyed a tied-14th place finish at the PGA Championship.
  • Jazz capped back-to-back top-5 finishes on the Japan Golf Tour in the last three weeks to move to 61st place on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) on June 10 but unfortunately failed to qualify for the U.S. Open after missing the cut-off mark by one rung. He enters the week in 62nd place on the OWGR.
  • Scott Hend of Australia claimed his 10th Asian Tour title at the Maybank Championship in March and became only the second player on Tour, following Thai star Thongchai Jaidee, to break US$5 million in career earnings.
  • Hend topped the Merit rankings previously in 2016. He is the first Australian player to achieve the feat. He leads by about US$56,200 over Jazz on the current money list.
  • Hend last played the Korea Open in 2007 where he finished in tied-55th.
  • Sanghyun Park won twice on the Asian Tour last year. Finished second on the Order of Merit and was crowned the Rookie of the Year.
  • Park has the best recent record in the tournament by anyone in the field this week. He has finished inside the top-10 for the last four consecutive years, including a runner-up result in 2018, two strokes behind defending champion Minchel Choi.

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Kolon Korea Open: Preview What They Said

Jazz Janewattananond (Tha)

I feel very refreshed coming into this week. I had a week off. I was back home last week after being on the road for like four weeks in a row. It’s been a long month, but I got one week off to rest and I’m ready to compete again this week.

I worked on my game a bit back home as well so hopefully the efforts will pay off. I am happy with the way I finished in Japan for the back-to-back top-fives. I didn’t start off well, but it got better and better and I ended up capping good results.

I felt tired when I was in Kansai but somehow, I managed to pull through it and it got better every week. The good finishes I had in Japan really boosted my confidence as I have always struggled to play well in Japan. I guess I am more used to the greens and grass in Japan now.

It was nice to put up a good run and gave myself a chance to qualify for the U.S. Open. Came close and it all came down to the last putt. Would have loved to hole that putt to qualify but it’s alright. I guess it happened for a reason. If I holed that putt, I probably won’t be here this week.

I have The Open coming up and there are still a lot for me to play, like the Order of Merit chase on both the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour, as well as breaking into world’s top-50 in the next couple of weeks to qualify for the World Golf Championships – FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

I need to play well these few weeks to give myself a chance though. I have the Kolon Korea Open this week and the next two weeks in Japan to try and break into top-50. The course is tough this week, so you need to come up with a good game plan.

I managed to spend time with my family and friends last week. I haven’t seen them for a month, so it was good to see them. I managed to sleep a lot too which is good.

Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand

Scott Hend (Aus)

The course is looking alright. I expect the greens to be a lot quicker when the tournament starts tomorrow. Nice weather this morning when I played the practice round. It’s been great in Korea so far. It’s my second week here. I played a local event last week.

It’s always good to spend time with my good friend Young Nam, who will be on my bag this week. He’s been painful and because he has no friends, so I got to be his friend (laughs).

He’s like a stepbrother to me really. We look out for each other and I am fortunate to have a friend like him. I am looking forward to coming back here for his wedding already. It’s going to be pretty cool.

It’s been a long time since I last played the Korea Open. The last time I played was in 2007. I remember making the halfway cut and I remember some of the putts being quite slippery in the weekend. It can be very difficult out there.

There are always things to play for in every event. It will be nice to play well enough to contend for another title. It’s always a good thing to get into The Open championship too. Just got to take every week as it is and work on it.

Sanghyun Park (Kor)

I have been achieving good results recently, so I am very happy. I don’t see myself having too much pressure as I have already qualified for The Open prior to this event. I have played well here the last few years, so I am definitely hoping to do as well or even better this time.

I have played here a lot of times. I can expect where the pin positions will be each day and I guess that helped me to put up good results on this course. This is a very challenging course. You must have experience here to get a good score.

I have had that experience, so I think it is safe for me to say that I always play well here.

Scott Vincent (Zim)

I have been so close to winning so many times, that it is a relief to finally get my first win under my belt. Coming into this week at the Korean Open with some confidence is great. Of course, each week is new, but my game is coming into some good form and I am excited to compete this week. There is a little bit more to play for as well with the spots in The Open up for grabs.

I just have to focus on my game this week. All I can try do it put myself in position for Sunday and see what happens. This is a tough course with some tricky pins in the past, so I’ll have to be sharp. I have had some nice finishes in Korea with a couple of second place finishes and a third-place result as well so I’m hoping to add to that.

I will always credit the Asian Tour for helping me get my game to the next level. There are so many opportunities with several co-sanction events and good tournaments. Asian Tour has some of the best perks for doing well.

My thoughts on this course are that it is a high demanding golf course where you cannot hide any weaknesses in your game. It requires extreme precision because of hole locations. It’s a challenge but I’m looking to improve on my finish here last year.

Minchel Choi of Korea

Minchel Choi (Kor)

I am feeling the pressure being back here as the defending champion. But at the same time, I am very excited to defend my title. My game is pretty alright as of late. I remembered hitting a very good third shot on the last hole 18th which went straight at the hole and I almost made an eagle. That was really memorable.

A lot of changes for me since I won last year. Many people recognize me now and I can choose the tournaments that I want to participate in. It’s been really amazing. Of course I am aiming for The Open spot again this year. I had a great experience last year so I’m definitely hoping to tee up at The Open again.

It’s really important to have the right strategy at the Woo Jeong Hills. You need to tackle it shot by shot and trust your judgements based on the situations.

Tirawat Kaewsiribandit (Tha)

I feel confident with my game right now, having won another title on my local circuit back home two weeks ago. The game feels good for this week. I am hitting it better off the tees but my iron-play still need a little bit more work.

I have been working on my fitness too so hopefully the efforts pay off this week. The par-threes are very difficult on this course. They are long par-threes and my plan is to play shot by shot and just focus on hitting fairways and greens, keeping it as simple as possible.

It has been a learning curve for me since winning in Pakistan last year. I am really happy and proud because it has been my long-time dream to win on Tour. Even though my results have not been great this year, I gained a lot of valuable experiences from the big events that I have played so far and that helped my game as well.


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OWGR Watch- Week of the Kolon Korea Open

Sentosa, Singapore, June 19: There was no Asian Tour event last week but some of our members are still creating an impact in other events around the world and improving their standings on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).

The Asian Tour looks into their movement on the OWGR.

 

Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe claimed his first professional title on the AbemaTV Tour in Japan last week by winning the Landic Challenge 7 five shots clear of Japan’s Tomoyasu Sugiyama. The victory moves the five-time Asian Tour runner-up to number 150 on this week’s OWGR, a gain of 35 spots from last week’s rank of 185.

 

Playing in his third U.S. Open, the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat got off to a fast start at Pebble Beach Golf Links and was three-under-par after seven holes in the first round. However, two straight double-bogeys at holes eight and nine derailed his initial momentum and he would eventually miss the cut after rounds of 75-74 and seven-over-par.

A weekend off means Kiradech slides three spots on the OWGR to 49th position and he is now dangerously close to falling out of the top-50 for the first time since he won the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth in February last year.

Although he is already exempt for The Open Championship at Royal Portrush next month, the next major event on the calendar, the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, slated to take place from July 25-28 at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee, does require players to be inside the top-50 on the OWGR on either July 15th or July 22nd for an invitation.

 

South Africa’s Justin Harding is in a similar situation as Kiradech as he also didn’t make it to the weekend at the U.S. Open, rounds of 73-73 turned out to be two shots too many to make the cut.

Harding is exempt for The Open by virtue of being inside the top-50 on the OWGR as of end of week 21, however remaining in 47th place on this week’s list leaves Harding perilously close to the cut-off position for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

 

The 2019 SMBC Singapore Open champion Jazz Janewattanond had a week off having just missed out on an OWGR exemption into the U.S. Open, and slips one spot to 62nd in the latest rankings. Having clinched his place in The Open with the win in Singapore early this year, Jazz’s next target is now the top-50 on the OWGR and a place in the field at TPC Southwind in July.

A victory at this week’s Kolon Korea Open could get the three-time Asian Tour winner very close to this goal.


18th June 2019 | Asian Tour

Vincent continues chase for maiden Asian Tour win at the Kolon Korea Open

Cheonan, Korea, June 18: In-form Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe will be looking to extend his winning run when he returns to challenge for his maiden Asian Tour title at the 62nd edition of the Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship which starts on Thursday.

Buoyed by his first international victory on the Japan Challenge Tour last week, the 27-year-old Vincent, who has been plying his trade in Asia since coming through the Qualifying School in 2016, is eyeing another career milestone at the highly rated Woo Jeong Hills Country Club.

Vincent, the highest-ranked Zimbabwean on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), hopes to continue his affinity with Korea by clinching his long-overdue Asian Tour win in the Land of the Morning Calm, where he had capped three top-three results in his last five starts.

He will feature in the talented 144-man field alongside Order of Merit leader Scott Hend of Australia, Thai rising star Jazz Janewattananond, Korean American Kevin Na, a three-time PGA TOUR winner, as well as Korean golf sensation Hosung Choi.

Minchel Choi of Korea will also be seeking a successful title defence at his National Open, which will once again be part of The Open Qualifying Series, where two spots will be awarded to the leading two players (not otherwise exempt) finishing in the top-eight and ties.

Tirawat Kaewsiribandit of Thailand, who secured a victory on home soil two weeks ago, hopes to turn his season around by keeping up his good form when he gets his campaign underway at the Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship.

The Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship, co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Korea Golf Association (KGA), is the second of the three Asian Tour events to be played in Korea this year.

Did you know?

  • Scott Vincent, the only Zimbabwean member on Tour, has notched two top-10s in Australia and Japan to sit in ninth place on the latest Order of Merit. He has not missed a single cut in six starts so far this season.
  • In his last five Asian Tour starts in Korea, Vincent has capped three top-three results, including a runner-finish in his rookie season in 2016. He was crowned the Rookie of the Year after ending his season in 28th place on the Order of Merit.
  • Since securing his Asian Tour card in his first attempt at the Qualifying School in 2016, Vincent has come close to claiming his maiden win on multiple occasions.
  • In 2018, Vincent secured a total of nine top-10 finishes, including three runner-up results, to finish in a career-high fifth place on the money list.
  • In 2018, Vincent also represented Zimbabwe alongside compatriot Benjamin Follett-Smith for the first time at the ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf
  • He sits in 150th place on the latest OWGR and is currently the highest ranked player from Zimbabwe.
  • Minchel Choi of Korea birdied the last hole to win by two shots over countryman Sanghyun Park for his breakthrough victory 12 months ago. He made his Major debut at The Open at Carnoustie, thanks to his win.
  • Choi turned professional in 2009. He went to New Zealand when he was 14 to pursue his studies and golf training. But had to return to Korea early because his family could not afford his studies fees in New Zealand anymore.
  • Choi has made only three cuts in six starts so far this season. His best result since winning is a tied-26th place finish at the 2018 Mercuries Taiwan Masters.
  • Tirawat Kaewsiribandit is a one-time winner on both the Asian Tour and the Asian Development Tour (ADT).
  • Tirawat secured his first ADT victory in style at the 2017 Betagro All Thailand Championship, battling through a back injury to close with three straight birdies and win the title by three shots. Similarly, he had to overcome a back ailment before winning his maiden Asian Tour title at the 2018 UMA CNS Open Golf Championship in Pakistan.

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Two places in the 148th Open on offer at the Kolon Korea Open

Cheonan, Korea, June 18: Two players who finish in the top 8 and ties at the KOLON Korea Open who are not already exempt will earn places in The 148th Open at Royal Portrush from July 14-21, 2019.

The KOLON Korea Open is the seventh event in The Open Qualifying Series and will be played at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan from June 20 to 23.

 

Players in the field at the KOLON Korea Open who are already exempt for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush:

Yosuke Asaji Doyeob Mun
Jazz Janewattananond Kevin Na
Chan Kim Sang-Hyun Park
Prom Meesawat

 

NB:  Mikumu Horikawa is currently on the reserve list for the KOLON Korea Open and is also exempt from qualifying for The 148th Open should he start in the field.

In the event of a tie for a qualifying place, the player with the higher ranking in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) at the beginning of the week commencing 17 June will be awarded a place in The 148th Open.

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Tour Insider: Week of the Kolon Korea Open

By Olle Nordberg, Former Asian Tour and European Tour professional

 

The Tournament

 

The 62nd edition of the Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship will once again be staged at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan and will like last year be co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Korea Golf Association (KGA).

The event will offer a purse of KRW 1,200 million, approximately US$ 1,067,000, and with a cheque of US$266,800 going to the winner, the champion this week is guaranteed to make a big move on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.

It’s also part of The Open Qualifying Series and two spots to The Open at Royal Portrush in July are up for grabs. The top two players not otherwise exempt and inside the top-eight and ties can be booking their tickets to the last Major of the year on Sunday afternoon.

 

The Course

 

Woo Jeong Hills is a Dye Designs course that requires players to bring an accurate game off the tee, with many holes having water and Out-of-Bounds very much in play.

It also features fast and challenging greens with some very tricky pin-positions. Players will need to understand which side of the hole offer makeable putts, approach shots that end up on the wrong side of mounds or tiers on the greens will make for extremely difficult two-putts.

There are also three strong par-three holes that need to be negotiated safely in numbers eight, 13 and 16.

The course has been the home of the Kolon Korea Open since 2003 and past champions at Woo Jeong Hills include international stars such as John Daly (2003), Y.E. Yang (2006 & 2010), Vijay Singh (2007), and Rickie Fowler (2011).

 

Top Contenders

 

Defending champion Minchel Choi of Korea will be looking for a return to form on a course where he has a good record, having finished tied-sixth in 2017 in addition to the victory last year.

 

He will however face stiff competition to retain the title, perhaps most notably from the highest ranked player in the field Kevin Na. The Korean-born American beat Tony Finau by four shots to claim his third PGA TOUR victory at the Charles Schwab Challenge in late May. He is the highest-ranked player in the 144-man field, placed 32nd on the latest OWGR.

Na started his pro career on the Asian Tour back in 2002 and had a win at the Volvo Masters of Asia to go along with five other top-10 finishes in his rookie season.

 

Habitat for Humanity Standings leader Scott Hend of Australia will be making his first start in the Korea Open since 2007 and is a dangerous contender in any tournament where he tees it up. One of the longest drivers on tour, the 2019 Maybank Championship winner may have an advantage over shorter players if he can also keep the ball in the fairway off the tee.

Currently ahead by US$ 56,235 in the Order of Merit race, staying in front will surely be on his mind this week.

 

Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond has been in stellar form since winning the SMBC Singapore Open at the start of the season. Currently second on the Order of Merit behind Hend, Jazz coming into this event with two straight top-5’s on the Japan Tour (JGTO) to go along with his four top-5’s on the Asian Tour this year.

Having narrowly missed out on a U.S. Open exemption by the smallest of margins by being ranked 61st on the OWGR last week, Jazz will be looking to continue his march towards the world’s top-50 this week in Korea.

 

A two-time winner on the Asian Tour last year, Korean star Sanghuyn Park has the best recent record in the tournament by anyone in the field this week. Park has finished inside the top-10 the last four years in a row, including a runner-up in 2018 two strokes behind Choi.

With multiple tournaments won in Korea and Japan, Park would dearly like to win his National Open. A title still lacking from his otherwise very solid resume.

 

Having just won his first professional tournament last week on the AbemaTV Tour in Japan, Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe could be primed for his first Asian Tour victory.

Vincent has an impressive record since arriving on the scene in Asia in 2016, with five runners-up, 11 other top-10’s and a fifth place on the 2018 Order of Merit to his credit. His highest finish on this year’s Asian Tour is a fourth place in the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth in February.


15th June 2019 | Asian Tour

Overseas Watch: Vincent finally finds winning formula in Japan

Fukuoka, Japan, June 15: Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent completed a wire-to-wire victory after closing with a flawless three-under-par 69 to claim his first international victory at the Landic Challenge held on the AbemaTV Tour in Japan on Friday.

The 27-year-old Vincent, who came close to securing his breakthrough win on several occasions on the Asian Tour, returned with a bogey-free round highlighted by three birdies to win by five shots on 16-under-par 200 at the Keya Golf Club in Fukuoka.

Vincent ended his 2018 season in fifth place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit after notching nine top-10s, including three runner-ups. Vincent secured his Asian Tour card in his first attempt at Qualifying School in 2016 and is currently the only Zimbabwean to play on Tour.

Over in the United States, six Asian Tour members, including Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Anirban Lahiri of India, have failed to qualify for the weekend rounds at the U.S. Open held at Pebble Beach.

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14th June 2019 | Asian Tour

Tour stars endure tough opening starts at the U.S. Open

June 14: All six Asian Tour stars will be seeking better fortunes when they return to the tee after struggling in their opening rounds at the U.S. Open on Thursday.

On a day where England’s Justin Rose signed for a six-under-par 65 to grab the opening lead by one shot and tie the lowest round at Pebble Beach Golf Links in the history of the U.S. Open, two-time Asian Tour winner, Justin Harding of South Africa together with Australia’s Marcus Fraser and Japan’s Mikumu Horikawa emerged as the highest-placed Tour members in tied-77th place.

The trio lie eight shots back of Rose after they returned with matching 73s at the year’s third Major.

India’s Anirban Lahiri, the 2015 Asian Tour number one, sits in tied-98th place after posting a 74 while Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat took a share of 116th place after signing for a 75.

Japan’s Kodai Ichihara had a day to forget when he carded an 80 to end the day tied for 149th.

50% of the prize money earned by Asian Tour members at the U.S. Open will be counted towards the Order of Merit.

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13th June 2019 | Asian Tour

Hend looks to extend Merit lead at the Kolon Korea Open

Cheonan, Korea, June 13: Australia’s Scott Hend will resume his chase for a second Asian Tour Order of Merit crown when he tees off for the 62nd Kolon KOREA Open Golf Championship at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club next week.

Hailed as one of the most successful international players on the Asian Tour, Hend claimed his 10th victory at the Maybank Championship in Malaysia earlier in March and took over the driver’s seat on the Order of Merit, which he previously topped in 2016.

Hend, who has yet to win outside of Asia on Tour, is looking to continue his affinity with the continent by winning for the first time in Korea at their National Open which is slated to take place from June 20 to 23.

“It’s been awhile since I last played the Korea Open, but I am looking forward to the challenge again. My main recollection of the course is that the greens have lots of gradient and can be fast and tricky with tough pin placements.

“I love visiting Korea and I look forward to every opportunity that I can get to come back and play or just relax and see my friends,” said the big-hitting Hend, a globetrotter who is now playing in his 21st year as a professional golfer.

With Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond trailing him by about US$56,000 in second place, Hend is feeling upbeat about the Merit race which he reckoned will be an exciting battle heading into the second half of the season.

“After winning the 2016 Order of Merit, I thought it would be great if, at some stage, I can get the chance to contend for the title again. It will be a nice finish to year with Jazz playing well and my drive to try and win the title again.

“I am sure it will be a close battle. A very busy end of year for me as I am trying to fit events from two Tours into a condensed few months,” added the 45-year-old Hend, who resides in the United States.

Hend will headline the prestigious event alongside Jazz and defending champion Minchel Choi of Korea, Thailand’s Prom Meesawat and Poom Saksansin, as well as Indian duo Rahil Gangjee and Ajeetesh Sandhu.

“2019 has been a year of recovery for me. I was injured last year and have been working hard to get back some form,” Hend said. “It was nice to win in Malaysia and prove to myself that hard work is worth the troubles and sacrifices.”

The Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship continues to be part of The Open Qualifying Series for the third consecutive year. Like the last two years, two spots will be awarded to the leading two players (not otherwise exempt) finishing in the top-eight and ties in the event.

The Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship, co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Korea Golf Association (KGA), is the second of the three Asian Tour events to be played in Korea this year.

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12th June 2019 | Asian Tour

OWGR Watch- U.S. Open Championship Week

Sentosa, Singapore, June 12: There was no Asian Tour event last week but some of our members are still creating an impact in other events around the world and improving their standings on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).

The Asian Tour looks into their movement on the OWGR.

 

Japan’s Mikumu Horikawa posted his first career victory on the Japan Golf Tour (JGTO) by claiming the JGT Championship Mori Building Cup Shishido Hills by four shots over compatriot Shugo Imahira.

This win was good for a boost up the rankings from 269th to 182nd position, a career high for the 26-year-old Horikawa who will be making his Major debut this week in the U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach.

 

The tournament also provided a nail-biting finish for Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond, who needed a tied-second with no more than two other players to reach top-60 on the OWGR and qualify for the U.S. Open.

After a two-over-par 73 in the first round, the three-time Asian Tour winner staged a dramatic comeback on the weekend firing scores of 64-67 for a ten-under-par total. However, a 15-foot birdie-putt slipped by the 72nd hole and this proved to be one shot too many as Jazz ended up in a tie for third with Chan Kim.

With the tied-third place finish Jazz picked up 5.60 points and continues his climb up the rankings, moving to 61st place and yet another career-high position on the OWGR.

 

Also playing in the same event was Gunn Charoenkul from Thailand who by finishing tied-eight posted his third consecutive top-10 on the Japan Tour and moves to a career-high rank of 265th.

 

Both Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Justin Harding from South Africa were taking the week off to rest and prepare for this week’s U.S. Open, and lose one spot each in the rankings to 46th and 47th respectively.

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