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Jazz moves into Presidents Cup slot

Jazz Janewattananond
A Presidents Cup bid would mark Jazz Janewattananond’s debut in the event and make him just the second Thai player to compete in the Presidents Cup after Thongchai Jaidee. Image: Getty.

With seven weeks remaining until the top 8 players on each team officially qualify for the 2019 Presidents Cup, Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond has moved into position at No. 8 in the International team standings after a successful June highlighted by his win at the Kolon Korea Open.

His fourth career Asian Tour victory along with top-five finishes in three Japan Tour events also vaulted the 23-year-old to a career-high 52nd in the world rankings.

The Presidents Cup will return to Melbourne, Australia and The Royal Melbourne Golf Club for the third time, December 9-15, 2019, when the International team, led by captain Ernie Els, will take on the United States team led by captain Tiger Woods.

The golf world was introduced to Janewattananond at the US PGA Championship in May, where he stood up to the brutal test of Bethpage Black to finish tied-14th in just his second major championship appearance. A Presidents Cup bid would mark Janewattananond’s debut in the event and make him just the second Thai player to compete in the Presidents Cup after Thongchai Jaidee.

“For sure I have a chance,” said Janewattananond, whose triumph in Korea was his second win of 2019. “I would love to be in the team and I need to work hard. It’s not easy as the events I play in have smaller world ranking points but I will try to get the job done. I’m playing better golf and I’ve got lucky. I’ve worked on everything and there has been improvements and it’s adds up into top-10s or a win.”

The top 8 for the U.S. Team remained steady, with Brooks Koepka sitting at No. 1 the standings. U.S. Captain Woods, who will make his next start in two weeks at The Open Championship, sits at No. 12 in the standings.

There should be at least three Australians in the International team – Marc Leishman, Jason Day and Adam Scott – with Cameron Smith currently just outside the top eight and desperate to find his way in.

The International team is chosen from world ranking points accumulated from August 27, 2018 to the cut-off point of August 18 this year. Els will have a further four captain’s selections outside of the top eight, who qualify automatically.

Tiger Woods remains outside the top eight in the US team standings along with Phil Mickelson, although as captain he has already indicated that he wants to play at Royal Melbourne.

 

CURRENT STANDINGS (TOP 12)

INTERNATIONAL

1 Marc Leishman (Aust)

2 Louis Ooosthuizen (Sth Af)

3 Adam Scott (Aust)

4 Hideki Matsuyama (Japan)

5 Haotong Li (China)

6 CT Pan (Chinese Taipei)

7 Jason Day (Aust)

8 Jazz Janewattananond (Thai)

9 Cameron Smith (Aust)

10 Abraham Ancer (Mexico)

11 Justin Harding (Sth Af)

12 Shugo Imahara (Japan)

 

USA

1 Brooks Koepka

2 Dustin Johnson

3 Xander Schauffele

4 Justin Thomas

5 Matt Kuchar

6 Patrick Cantlay

7 Gary Woodland

8 Bryson DeChambeau

9 Rickie Fowler

10 Tony Finau

11 Webb Simpson

12 Tiger Woods


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