Jazz tops Asian Tour charts


  • Golf
  • Sunday, 08 Dec 2019

Jazz is Asia’s number one player.

THAILAND’S Jazz Janewattananond has been crowned the 2019 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion after his lead on the Habitat for Humanity Standings became unassailable.

With Scott Hend opting not to tee up at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open this week, the 23-year-old Thai has secured his position atop the money list and cannot be caught by his closest challenger.

Wins at the SMBC Singapore Open and Kolon Korea Open, along with seven other top-10s on the Asian Tour, meant that Jazz became the fourth Thai after Thongchai Jaidee (2001, 2004, 2009), Thaworn Wiratchant (2005, 2012) and Kiradech Aphibarnrat (2013) to be crowned Asia’s number one.

“I’m really honoured to join the likes of Thongchai, Thaworn and Kiradech as the next player from Thailand to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit,” he said. “It’s an exclusive group of champions which I’m so proud to be in.

“While it’s not a perfect season this year as there were times I thought I could play even better, overall, it has been a very good one where I took advantage of my opportunities and made the best of them,” said the player who has risen to a career-high 52nd in world rankings.

He added: “The win in Singapore was certainly the highlight of the year for me because I won early in the season and that victory broke me into the world’s top-100 then. It opened doors for me and I took advantage of them.

In May Jazz came to global prominence, when at the PGA Championship he entered the final round in joint second place before closing with a 77 to settle for a tie for 14th.

“Playing in the PGA Championship was not only unique, but also memorable. Playing in front of the large crowds and against the best players in the world is something I’ll never forget,” he said Jazz.

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