Sentosa, Singapore, July 9: 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.
South African Shaun Norris had to battle his emotions during last week’s Japan PGA Championship, as his father passed away back home early Saturday morning. After being one shot behind the leaders after two rounds, Norris finished the event in a tie for fourth place after scores of 69 and 70 on the par-70 layout, after a marathon 36-hole Sunday due to rains washing out play on the first day.
Recording his best finish of the 2019 season, Norris moved up four places on the OWGR to 118th which should give him a confidence boost ahead of his next event, The 148th Open at Royal Portrush next week.
At the same event, Jazz Janewattanond was in a tie for eight place after 54-holes following a third round 63 early Sunday morning, and for a long time in the fourth round it looked like he would have a chance to post his fifth consecutive top-10 finish.
However, four dropped shots in his last five holes meant Jazz would finish in tied-26th place, missing a chance to earn important OWGR points and remains in 52nd place on this week’s list.
Jazz now has one more event, The 148th Open, 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 taking this week off to rest and prepare for links golf at Royal Portrush.
Playing in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Gavin Green of Malaysia continued his solid play of the last two months with a tied-ninth finish after birdieing four out of his last five holes. It was also Green’s second top-10 in a row and third in his last four events, which lifted him to 206th on the OWGR.
Justin Harding was also playing in Ireland last week after a few weeks off, and narrowly missed the cut by one shot after rounds of 72 and 68. The South African still gains one position on this week’s ranking list and moved to 48th, two spots inside the cut-off mark for the WGC-FedEx St Jude.
Harding will be playing this week’s Rolex Series event, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open followed by The Open at Royal Portrush.
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat did not play last week and stays in 51st place on the OWGR, one spot ahead of his countryman Jazz.
The next two events for Kiradech will be this week’s 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.