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 61stplace 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.