Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond paid tribute to his country’s golfing legend Thongchai Jaidee for playing an instrumental role in his success as he prepares to tee off in his last event of 2019 at the Thailand Masters, which starts on Thursday.
Jazz has enjoyed a sensational season after kick-starting the year with a win in Singapore followed by two more other significant victories in Korea and Indonesia last week.
The 24-year-old deservedly sealed the Order of Merit crown as he could not be caught on the money list even with three events left to play at the start of this month.
Just like how he started the year, the Thai is looking for one last hurrah at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club before he takes a well-deserved break.
“It was an honour to win the flagship event on the Asian Tour (Indonesian Masters). It has been a very good year and this will be my last event for 2019,” Janewattananond said.
“It’s an honour to hear such compliments from Thongchai. He has helped many Thai golfers to get to where they are now. He has single-handedly placed Thailand on the world golf map and that has been a great inspiration not only for me but other Thai golfers too.”
“It’s an honour to hear such compliments from Thongchai (Jaidee) … He has single-handedly placed Thailand on the world golf map.” – Jazz Janewattananond
Compatriot Gunn Charoenkul, who watched in awe as Jazz outclassed him in Jakarta last week, believes a switch in his outlook towards his game and life has led to a very consistent year for him in 2019 as he looks towards closing his season on a high note.
“I just want to have some fun again this week. I’m more relaxed now as I don’t really like to put so much pressure on myself nowadays,” Charoenkul said.
Belgium’s Thomas Detry, who is one of the invited star players for this week, is also seeking a grandstand finish after missing out on his chance to win in two of his last three events.
“The season has been very consistent and I feel like I’m improving and getting better all the time. It’s definitely great to finish the year on a high note,” Detry said.