My Winning Reflection
In this latest segment, Jazz reflects on a difficult 2016 season and how he bounced back and claimed his maiden Asian Tour title
After the 2016 season, Jazz Janewattananond faced uncertainty when he lost his Asian Tour card. But when the moment presented itself, the young Thai seized the moment and cruised to a stylish victory at the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open.
“I have been waiting for this win for so long. I started playing on the Asian Tour when I was an amateur at 14 so it’s just a huge relief that I managed to get the job done.
I lost my Tour card for the first time in my career last season and I didn’t make the mark at Qualifying School too, so you can imagine how much this victory means to me because now I have a winner’s exemption and a trophy to show for it.
A lot of things were going through my head walking down the 18th hole. I was just chatting with my caddy and we were talking about how to celebrate but we didn’t do anything as planned in the end.
It was kind of funny.
I have been in the lead before but not able to get the job done. I am glad I finally did it because the last time I was in contention in India, I shot a seven-over on the last day. I also lost in the play-off in an ADT event in Thailand last December too.
I accepted all my defeats. I wasn’t disappointed because I know my chance will come and it did in Bangladesh.
When you are in contention, you need to handle the pressure and those setbacks helped me.
I had a four-shot lead heading into the final 18 holes and honestly I didn’t get much sleep last night. I didn’t feel comfortable before the final round. I think it was the longest 18 holes that
I’ve played in my life! I’m just happy I finished it and had my parents with me to celebrate my victory.
I played on a similar course like this at the Delhi Golf Club in India last December. I had a good start to the week but suffered a meltdown on the last day. I got a huge crowd following me that week too. I guess that experience has helped me. I didn’t feel as nervous when the local crowd followed Sididikur. You can’t be nervous when you are leading into the final round. Siddikur, the home favourite, had the home course advantage so I just did my best.
I was just hoping for a solid round. I am very happy I shot a four-under-par 67. It was really a solid round. Everything was good and I made peace with pressure.”