Fiji, August 11: Thai hotshot Jazz Janewattananond hopes to continue his resurgence with a good showing in his debut appearance at the Fiji International, which gets underway at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course next week.
The 21-year-old Thai will be in fine form heading to Fiji after winning his first Asian Tour title at the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open in February and notching three top-10 results in his last four starts on the region’s premier Tour.
Placed eighth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, Jazz will feature in the A$1.5 million (approximately US$1.14 million event) alongside compatriot Phachara Khongwatmai, Gavin Green of Malaysia and Australian Todd Sinnott, who are all ranked inside the top-10 on the Merit list.
Reigning Order of Merit champion Scott Hend of Australia will also headline the event with the immensely talented Jeunghun Wang of Korea, at the event which will be tri-sanctioned for the first time by the Asian Tour, ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour from August 17 to 20.
“I haven’t been to Fiji before but I have heard a lot of great things about the place. I am looking forward to visiting Fiji next week. I have seen past footages of the tournament and I know it will be really challenging given the windy conditions on course. But whatever it is, I am very excited to be there next week,” said Jazz.
Jazz first played his way into the history books of the Asian Tour in 2010 when he became the youngest ever player to make the halfway cut at the age of 14 years and 71 days.
Prior to his breakthrough win in Bangladesh, Jazz had lived as a monk for two weeks in Thailand and he said that experience strengthened his mental game and helped revived his career after losing his Asian Tour card last season.
“It’s been a great season for me so far, from losing my playing rights at the end of last season to securing my first win in February and then earning my debut appearance on the PGA Tour in May. My game’s coming along really nicely.
“I don’t have much worries for this season now that I have secured my card for next year but I want to treat the remainder of the season as a test for myself. I want to challenge myself and see if I can get into contention every week, as only then can I take my career to the next level,” added the talented Thai.
Other notable players in the elite field include Major champions Vijay Singh of Fiji, Mike Weir of Canada and Ángel Cabrera of Argentina.
About the Fiji International
To be held from 17-20 August the Fiji International will be played at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course which boasts breathtaking views of the Coral Coast and is home to the Natadola Beach Land Estate.
Enticed by the tropical destination, the Fiji International has attracted some of the world’s best golfers since its inaugural staging in 2014 including Fijian hero and three time Major champion Vijay Singh, 2016 champion Brandt Snedeker, 2015 champion Matt Kuchar, 2014 champion Steven Jeffress, Steven Bowditch, Boo Weekley, Nick Price, Robert Allenby, Heath Slocum, Liang Wenchong, and Anirban Lahiri.
In 2017, the Fiji International continues to have a global presence confirming its position as an integral tournament in the South Pacific region, with the tournament being tri-sanctioned by the European Tour, Asian Tour and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
A Pacific paradise, the Fiji International also boasts some of the most unique hospitality options in world golf with the par-3 8th hole providing the perfect vantage point to watch the golf, whilst socialising on the beach.
More than just a golf tournament, the Fiji International aims to leave a lasting legacy for golf in the Pacific region, with the PGA of Australia supporting initiatives to introduce and grow the game in Fiji.
Owned by SEL and the PGA of Australia, the Fiji International is proudly supported by the Fijian Government, Tourism Fiji and the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa as the official resort of the tournament until 2017.
For more information about the Fiji International please visit fijiinternational.com.
About Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Partner), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official International Media Partner), Panasonic (Official Consumer Electronics) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.
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