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