15 Asian Tour members ranked inside top-200 in the world

Fri 24 May 2013

15 Asian Tour members ranked inside top-200 in the world

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May 24: The reputation of the Asian Tour members continue to grow at an immense rate as 15 Asian Tour members are currently ranked inside the top-200 on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).
Thai stalwart Thongchai Jaidee leads the Asian charge, thanks largely to his superb runner-up finish at the Volvo World Match Play championship on Sunday which propelled him to 49th position in the world.
Despite losing to Graeme McDowell, the Thai’s effort should earn him a spot in the U.S. Open next month as the top-60 as of May 27 and June 10 will qualify for the year’s second Major. The three-time Asian Tour number one has also posted three other top-10s this season.
Bae Sang-moon of Korea, a former Asian Tour member and three-time winner, leaped to 64th position in the world following his maiden victory on the PGA Tour last week while Thai rising star Kiradech Aphibarnrat, winner of the Maybank Malaysian Open and currently number one on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, is ranked 81st.
Asian Tour honorary member K.J. Choi of Korea, who for many years has spearheaded the Asian charge, sits in 92nd position while reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Thaworn Wiratchant is ranked 98th.
India’s rising star Gaganjeet Bhullar, who is a four-time winner on the Asian Tour, is placed 103rd, thanks largely to his runner-up finish at the Avantha Masters in March, while Kim Hyung-sung of Korea, who won in Japan last weekend, is five rungs below in 108th position.
Felipe Aguilar of Chile, Asian Tour honorary member Vijay Singh of Fiji and Jeev Milkha Singh of India are 120th, 122nd and 126th places respectively.
Among the other players ranked inside the world’s top-200 include: 2010 Order of Merit winner Noh Seung-yul (132nd), multiple Asian Tour winner Charlie Wi (133rd), former Tour member Kim Kyung-tae and Juvic Pagunsan (150th), the first Filipino to win the Order of Merit in 2011, of China, Anirban Lahiri (176th) of India, Wu Ashun (178th), Liang Wen-chong (180th), the first Chinese to win the Order of Merit in 2007, Asia’s first Major winner Y.E. Yang (184th)of Korea, Shiv Kapur (186th) of India and Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT champion Scott Hend (190th) of Australia.
Wu has played in two Asian Tour events this season where he has claimed six world ranking points. Last year, the powerful Chinese won the Toshin Golf Tournament in Japan to earn 16 points while Liang has notched slightly over 10 points courtesy of a third place result at the Avantha Masters (8) and a 22nd finish at the Maybank Malaysian Open (2.09).
The Official World Golf Ranking points will determine the 60-man field at the World Cup of Golf in Australia in November and the Olympics in 2016.
Asian Tour Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han saluted the efforts of the Asian Tour stalwarts, who have made headlines on the global front.
“The Asian Tour stars have enjoyed a stellar year so far with young players such as Kiradech and Anirban winning earlier in the year. Thongchai has also been a figure of consistency and he battled bravely at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.
“The world ranking points play an important part in a golfer’s career. The Asian Tour provides these world ranking points in all our tournaments and I’m delighted that the Asian Tour has provided this established platform for our players to enhance their careers,” said Han.
“It is also tremendous to see many of our former members like Bae Sang-moon, Charlie Wi and Wu Ashun making good progress in the world rankings. They have certainly benefited from their experience of competing on the Asian Tour to become world-class players.”
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