02 July 2018
Jazz Sings Winning Tune
Sentosa, Singapore, July 2: The sweet sound of success will resonate very well with Jazz Janewattananond following his latest win at the Queen’s Cup presented by Bangchak on Sunday.
After all, it was only more than a year ago that the 22-year-old was staring at limited playing opportunities on the Asian Tour after finishing outside the top-60 on the 2016 Order of Merit.
The Thai also missed the grade at the 2017 Qualifying School but relief would come at the 2017 Bangladesh Open when he won his Asian Tour title by four shots.
As fate would have it, Jazz’s patient approach would once again see him lift his second title on the Asian Tour by four shots at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club.
“I told myself I am just here to play golf and not try to do anything else. I just played shot by shot and I think that helped. I did my best.
“It means a lot to win the Queen’s Cup. It feels very good to win at home and with my parents watching me win as well,” said Jazz.
The win at an event which Jazz describes as ‘his favourite tournament on the Asian Tour’ will put him in good stead as he takes on the world’s best players in his maiden debut at The Open next month.
“I came here with the mindset of putting my game in good shape for The Open later this month. I did more than that.
“To be able to win this week is a bonus. It has definitely helped to boost my confidence,” said Jazz.
Jazz, who moved from 16th to ninth place on the Habitat for Humanity Standings following his latest win, will continue to place his trust with his caddie, Nick Pugh, whom he wished his signature beard could have gone under the shaver last week.
“My first week working with my caddie, Nick Pugh, was at the Queen’s Cup in Samui last year. It’s been over a year now. He wanted to have a deal with me earlier, saying he will shave off his beard if I were to win a tournament with him on the bag. I regretted not taking up the deal with him now,” laughed Jazz.
India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar missed out on his ninth Asian Tour win but moved two spots up to 10th place on the Habitat for Humanity Standings while Korean-American Sihwan Kim secured seventh place after finishing tied-third at the Queen’s Cup.
The inaugural Sarawak Championship is the next stop on the Asian Tour schedule where more than 30 Asian Tour champions from 20 different countries will headline the event at the Damai Golf and Country Club this week.
Source : AsianTour