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.