SINGAPORE – He began the yr out of the world’s high 100 and with simply two Asian Tour titles to his title since turning skilled in 2010 as a prodigious 15-year-old.
However capturing the SMBC Singapore Open in January in record fashion – he completed on 18-under 266 and likewise because the youngest winner – gave Jazz Janewattananond simply the spark his golf profession wanted.
After that victory, the 24-year-old Thai went on to win the Kolon Korea Open in June, in addition to the BNI Indonesia Masters final week.
Which is why he has no qualms about returning to defend his title at Sentosa Golf Membership from Jan 16-19.
He stated: “The final day on the SMBC Singapore Open has acquired to be my greatest spherical ever. I didn’t suppose I had an opportunity of profitable – I used to be 111th on the earth and by no means had a giant win earlier than.
“I acquired emotional, however blissful emotional (on the victory). I used to be like, ‘Wow, I really did it’. I couldn’t consider I beat Paul Casey down the stretch or Matthew Fitzpatrick, who was in my group. It boosted the arrogance in me a bit bit for positive.
“It was undoubtedly among the best tournaments of my life, to date. Profitable that led me to interrupt into the highest 100, which gave me quite a lot of alternatives to play larger occasions.
“It has been a really fulfilling yr so I’m enthusiastic about what lies forward in 2020 (with the defence of the Singapore Open title coming early within the yr).”
This yr, he additionally competed on the British Open, nevertheless it was on the PGA Championship the place he confirmed that he might maintain his personal in a Main, as he completed tied for 14th place.
After a sterling yr, Janewattananond has received the Asian Tour Order of Benefit, is ranked a profession excessive world No. 45 and is a shoo-in for subsequent yr’s Olympics.
With Rio 2016 medallists Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar also in attendance for the Singapore Open, he has one other probability to see the place he stands among the many world’s greatest.
“I do know the three Olympic medallists will likely be there, and it appears like I’ll qualify for the Olympics by this yr, so I am wanting ahead to assembly them and seeing how they put together for the Olympics,” stated Janewattananond.
Noting that he has reworked from a “good golfer to an expert golfer”, the Bangkok native additionally credited his coach Pete Cowen.
He stated: “Enjoying good golf and enjoying professionally for a residing may be very totally different. Pete has taught me methods to practise higher, mounted my swing and is aware of what to do after I really feel I need assistance.
“He’s a famend coach with so many gamers underneath his wing. He has confirmed time and time once more that he is likely one of the greatest on the earth and would not again down from his teachings – he by no means doubts and stays true to his phrases.”