Kuala Lumpur, October 13: Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond made an improvement from his opening day result by carding a three-under-par 69 to grab a share of 15th place at the US$7 million CIMB Classic on Friday.
With rain suspension lasting for more than three hours, Jazz was visibly tired after spending almost 12 hours at the event sanctioned by the PGA Tour and Asian Tour at TPC Kuala Lumpur.
The Thai overcame fatigue and took advantage of the cooler conditions before marking his card with four birdies and one bogey for a two-day total of five-under-par 139.
Compatriot Poom Saksansin had a round to forget as he returned with a 74 to slip from an overnight tied-second place to tied-15th at the Malaysian showpiece.
Korea’s Sung Kang emerged as the leading Asian when he returned with a 68 to take a share of third place alongside Australia’s Cameron Smith and Belgium’s Thomas Pieters on 135 total.
World number three Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who is the highest ranked player in the field this week, was bunched in eighth place together with six other players.
Did you know?
- Jazz Janewattananond lost his Asian Tour card at the start of the year but earned his maiden breakthrough at the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open in February.
- Following that victory, Jazz went on to notch four top-10s to take eighth place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
- Jazz was ordained as a monk at the Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram in Bangkok for two weeks in December last year. It was a mark of respect for his parents and the late king of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej. He said the experience has made him feel very peaceful, not only on the golf course but also in his life.
- Sung Kang won his first Asian Tour title at the 2013 CJ Invitational hosted by KJ Choi on home soil.
- He made his debut in the CIMB Classic last year where he finished in a share of 21st position. He is currently four shots back of the lead.
- Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama shot a second-round 68 and is six-under through two rounds. This is the first start of the season for Matsuyama, who led the FedExCup standings heading into the playoffs last season
- Matsuyama is the highest-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking in the field this week. He is ranked third in the world.
”The standard is very high on the PGA Tour. My score’s okay but I’m still far off the lead.”- Jazz Janewattananond
Jazz Janewattananond, Second round 69 (-3) Total 139 (-5)
The standard is very high on the PGA Tour. My score’s okay but I’m still far off the lead. So I’ll just try and play my best out there tomorrow. It’s definitely an improvement from yesterday. But I left a lot of putts out there that should have gone in, but still happy with my round. It has been a very long day. I woke up like 5:30 this morning and now it’s 5:30 again, so that’s like 12 hours on the course. We are playing in Asia and we should expect such conditions which might give some Asian players a slight advantage. I tried to get as much rest as I can during the suspension and keep my mind off golf. I played some games. They’ve got darts, they’ve got ping pong, they’ve got table tennis and they’ve got a bowling alley here.
Sung Kang (Kor) – Second Round 68 (-4), Total 135 (-9)
It was a little hot, it’s always hot a little. My caddie and I just try and be in good shape, the weather’s so hot. It’s so different from last week and we also have some jetlag from the U.S. Just trying to keep it nice and close somehow, as much as possible and I think I just played pretty good solid golf. I mean, my time zone’s still not on yet so I feel a little sleepy. Not really as good as this morning but, I still finished all right. I still try to really focus somehow and I think I did it pretty good, so it worked out pretty good today.
Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn) – Second round 68 (-4), Total 138 (-6)
I don’t know if I was prepared or not, but it was a nice rain today in that at the end it was almost cool and it’s kind of the first time I’ve experienced that here in Kuala Lumpur. It would be nice to have this kind of weather every day. But now we’re not going to win against Mother Nature all the time. I’m not hitting the ball as well as I would like. I’m going to have to really turn it on this weekend to get in contention.
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