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

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - PROFILE - BY JAZZ JANEWATTANANOND IM­AGES © THE ASIAN TOUR

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.”

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