He shares his name with the improvisational music genres, which could be the reason why he marched to the tune of a different drum on the 20th of January when he won $1 million. One thing is for sure, few others had the hope of keeping up with the rhythm of Jazz Janewattananond at the Singapore Open on Sunday.
Struck All the Right Notes at the SMBC Singapore Open
Despite all the efforts of Paul Casey, the Thai could simply not be beaten as he reached six under par in the final round to claim the largest win in his career. At Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong, Adam Scott achieved 17-under three times. Yet the 23-year-old, Jazz Janewattananond that previously achieved second, third and fifth place explored a different tune, and it was one that took him straight to the lead.
In an interview, Jazz Janewattananond revealed that when he previously did pre-tournament interviews, he never planned on winning, his goal was simply to qualify for the Open Championship. While he was never planning to pick up the cheque worth S$244,500/US$180,000, he explained that he never felt he could win, until he reached the back nine, and when he did the pressure was on. Janewattananond also told reporters that he was actually on cruise control since he reached five birdies.
One thing that was clear is that Jazz Janewattananond had nerves of steel as he reached on the 16th yet another birdie. A simply superb shot on the 18th by the world no. 111 landed five feet from the pin. He ended the hopes of Fujimoto, Fitzpatrick and Casey by making no mistakes with his the 15th or 16th, although the Thai give great credit to Peter Cowen, his coach, who worked with him since his debut at the Open championship a year ago and believe it’s his coaching that has helped him to improve his mental strength as well as his ball striking.
Kiradech is Jazz Janewattananond’ Role Model
Janewattananond explained that he never really knew what he was doing in the past, he was playing, but it was Cowen who gave him his goals and put him in line to become a winner. Jazz Janewattananond was the youngest to reach the Asian Tour when he was only 14 years old at the 2010 Asian Tour International.
Jazz Janewattananond became the third Thai to win his eighth Singapore Open. He also mentioned that many predicted that he would be the first Thai to win a Major on the PGA Tour, although personally, he feels that Kiradech has the best chance at accomplishing that. Jazz’ next goal is to win the Asian Tour, and revealed that the Kiradech Aphibarnrat, the world number 37 is his role model.