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Calvin Koh talks to Jazz Janewat­tananond about how the Thai golfer emerges from an un­sure tal­ent into a na­tional hero.

HK Golfer - - Contents - By Calvin Koh

Thai golfer Jazz Janewat­tananond has emerged from an un­sure tal­ent into a na­tional hero.

Very of­ten in golf, a hero will emerge. He rises from near obliv­ion to be­come the next great hope in the sport with his name mov­ing be­yond just a by­word to a fea­ture in the head­lines. How­ever, be­fore en­joy­ing their sweet taste of suc­cess, it is al­ways a crazy and in­se­cure jour­ney to find­ing where their un­sure tal­ent would even­tu­ally take them.

Thai­land’s Jazz Janewat­tananond is one of them.

He lost his Asian Tour card in 2016 and saw his play­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties fur­ther di­min­ished when he missed the grade at Qual­i­fy­ing School the fol­low­ing year.

How­ever, he was not ready to say good­bye to the sport.

The young Thai told me back then he ‘was not go­ing to give up’ and will play his way again to the up­per ech­e­lons of the game.

In a sur­pris­ing turn­around after Qual­i­fy­ing school the fol­low­ing month, Jazz would cap­ture his first Asian Tour ti­tle at the Bashund­hara Bangladesh Open, hav­ing ‘made peace with pres­sure’.

He said, “You got to learn to han­dle the pres­sure some­how. I guess those set­backs helped in my game. The win came sooner than I thought.”

Jazz dared to be­lieve he can turn things around and some­times it takes fail­ure to bring out suc­cess.

With his sec­ond Asian Tour ti­tle won at the Queen’s Cup on home soil in July and earn­ing his divine right to tee up for his Ma­jor at The Open this year, Jazz has been cel­e­brated by many for his hero­ics on the golf course.

De­spite hav­ing fans of his own now, he wants to be an ev­ery­day guy, who ‘turned his dreams into re­al­ity’ on the Asian Tour.

Jazz was just 14 when he played his way into the his­tory books by be­com­ing the youngest ever player to make the half­way cut at an Asian Tour event in 2010.

In the Tour’s lat­est #where­it­sAT pro­mo­tional cam­paign, Jazz used to watch dec­o­rated Thai leg­end Thongchai Jaidee win on tele­vi­sion.

How­ever, with the chang­ing of guards, Jazz is ready to pick up the ba­ton while con­tin­u­ing to sing the right tune.

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