Thailand’s Jazz Janewattanond stormed up the leaderboard with a sensational 11-under-par 60 to take a one-shot lead over Belgium’s Thomas Detry after the third round of the season-ending Thailand Masters on Saturday.
After rounds of 69 and 67 at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club, Jazz finally shook off his lethargy to find himself in a familiar position atop the leaderboard again with his three-day total of 17-under-par 196.
“I didn’t even know my score until I walked into the score recording area. I was wondering why everyone was asking me if I had birdied the last hole until I realized I was just one shot away from a 59,” Janewattananond said. “To be honest, my mind was pretty blank even when I sank birdie after birdie. I knew I was playing good and my putting was good. I just know I needed to hit onto the green and my putter will take care of everything else. I didn’t expect my round to be so good as I’m really tired.”
Detry remained in outright second place for the second consecutive day after he returned with a 66 while overnight leader Phachara Khongwatmai slipped to third place with a 69.
“My round is pretty average compared to Jazz,” Detry said. “I saw his name creeping up the leaderboard and he was unbelievable. He was just one shot short of 59. I played pretty good but it could have been better. I think tomorrow’s going to be a big day. I beat Jazz twice in the first two days and I’m planning on beating him again tomorrow.”
American Sihwan Kim signed for a 66 to head into the final round in fourth place while the Philippines’ Miguel Tabuena made his move by returning with a 65 to share fifth place with the Thai trio of Gunn Charoenkul, Panuphol Pittayarat and Suteepat Prateeptienchai.
Playing in his last event for the year, Jazz roared back to life just like how he did in Jakarta last weekend.
The 2019 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion started the day six shots off the pace in tied-19th place but flew under the radar very quickly when he birdied the second hole before going on a seven-hole birdie blitz starting from the par-four six.
The 24-year-old lit up his card again with another birdie on 15 before play was suspended for close to two hours due to lightning activities.
When it resumed, Jazz birdied 16 and 17 before signing off for the day with a par on 18.