4th June 2019 | Asian Tour
OWGR Watch- Week 23
Sentosa, Singapore, June 4: There were no Asian Tour events 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 movements on the OWGR.
Japan’s Yuta Ikeda continued to shine on home soil when he won the Gateway to The Open Mizuno Open by one shot over Korean-American Chan Kim with a winning total of seven-under-par 281.
Ikeda has been winning at least a tournament every season on his domestic circuit since his breakthrough in 2009 and his latest victory at The Royal Golf Club in Ibaraki was also his 21st win on the Japan Golf Tour. The victory moved Ikeda up to 106th place in the rankings from 141st last week.
With the event part of The Open Qualifying Series, the Japanese also secured one of the spots in The Open Championship at Royal Portrush in July reserved for the top-four players not already exempt and inside the top-12.
Korea’s Sanghyun Park and Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul also earned their places in The Open by finishing tied-third rising to 127th and 279th place on the OWGR respectively.
Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond, who is currently second on the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity Standings, also delivered a solid performance in the Land of the Rising Sun.
The Thai secured a tied-fifth finish and reached a new career high of 67th place on the OWGR, up from 70th last week. It was also the three-time Asian Tour winner’s sixth top-five finish in 13 events during his 2019 season.
This is the last week to qualify for the U.S. Open via the OWGR where the top-60 will receive an exemption to the year’s third Major. Jazz, who is playing at this week’s JGTC Mori Building Cup Shishido Hills, will likely need to finish solo-second in order to break into the top-60.
Over on the PGA TOUR, 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand finished tied-17th at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, and remains in 45th place on the OWGR.
He is exempt for the final two Majors of the season, the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links June 13 to 16 and The Open at Royal Portrush July 18 to 21.
The Belgian Knockout on the European Tour also saw the 2017 Order of Merit champion Gavin Green of Malaysia notch his first top-10 result of the year, finishing fifth in the mixed stroke-play/match-play event. Green moved 31 places in the rankings and goes to 215th from 246th last week.
South African Justin Harding is meanwhile enjoying a well-deserved break before his next event at the upcoming U.S. Open. The two-time Asian Tour winner remains at 46th in the rankings this week.