Sentosa, Singapore, July 2: 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.
Once again Thailand’s rising star, Jazz Janewattananond, found himself in familiar position near the top of the leader-board at the weather-shortened Dunlop SRIXON Fukushima Open on the Japan Golf Tour (JGTO) last week.
Jazz was in tied-third place after three days with rounds of 67, 66 and 67, four shots behind leader Rikuya Hoshino of Japan, and was within striking distance of another victory. Due to heavy rain on Sunday morning and after a four-hour delay, the decision was made to cancel the final round and Hoshino was declared the winner.
With a tied-third finish, Jazz earned 5.6 OWGR points and remains at number 52 this week on the ranking list.
The points from last week’s event also moves Jazz into eight-place in the Presidents Cup Points List, the last automatic selection spot for the International Team. If he can be inside the top-eight on August 19th he will not have to rely on one of the four Captain’s Picks by Ernie Els and his team of assistants.
Jazz also has three more weeks to break into the top-50 on the OWGR for an invitation to the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational July 25-28th at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. He is playing the Japan PGA Championship this week, followed by a week off before heading to Royal Portrush for The 148th Open which starts from July 18-21.
Justin Harding of South Africa did not play last week and remains 49th on the latest list. He will be playing in the two upcoming Rolex Series events on the European Tour, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, leading up to The 148th Open later this month.
He will need to remain inside the top-50 following The Open to secure a spot in the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational.
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat also had an off-week and stays in 51st place on the OWGR, one spot ahead of his countryman Jazz.
The next two events for Kiradech will be the Scottish Open followed by The Open, and he will have a good chance to move back inside the top-50 if he plays well in these tournaments.