Perth, Australia, February 7: Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand is excited about playing the new format for the first time at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth that tees off on Thursday.
The 22-year-old golfer is enjoying a mini career renaissance. After losing his Asian Tour card for 2017, he bounced back by winning a tournament in Bangladesh in early February. The Thai hotshot went on to finish ninth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit list that year.
Earlier this year, he secured a spot at The Open this year by finishing tied-fourth at the SMBC Singapore Open. Jazz wants to win again and he hopes to do that at Lake Karrinyup Country Club this week.
England’s Danny Willett has recovered from his shoulder injury and he is slowly rediscovering the form that led to his triumph at the 2016 Masters Tournament. While he is not setting expectations on his game at the moment, he will want to do well at the ISPS HANDA Super 6 Perth.
Willett is one of the marquee names amongst the elite field at the tournament that includes compatriots Lee Westwood and Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston well as Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand.
Tirawat Kaewsiribandit of Thailand is feeling physically great and hopes to bounce back after two consecutive cuts prior to the ISPS HANDA Super 6 Perth. He was in serious contention at the Asian Tour season-opener in Singapore, but his tournament unravelled in the third and final round due to fatigue.
The A$1.75 million (approximately US$1.25 million) ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth event, tri-sanctioned by the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, European Tour and Asian Tour, is proudly supported by the Western Australian Government through Tourism WA.
Did you know:
Jazz Janewattananond won his first Asian Tour title in Bangladesh in 2017. This was after losing his Asian Tour card and failing to make the mark at Qualifying School that year.
- He was the second-youngest winner on the Asian Tour in 2017 after Resorts World Manila Masters champion, Micah Lauren Shin.
- His father, who loved that genre of music, gave him his nickname. Jazz’s real name is Atiwit.
- Danny Willett is currently working with Sean Foley, who used to be Tiger Wood’s coach.
- Last week in Malaysia, he played without painkillers for the first time in five years.
- Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was a 2017 Asian Tour Qualifying School graduate. He finished seventh at the Suvarnabhumi Golf and Country Club early last year.
- He won the 2017 Betagro All Thailand Championship, an event on the Asian Development Tour, the feeder circuit to the Asian Tour.
- The field at the ISPS HANDA Super 6 Perth has 30 Asian Tour champions and eight players in the top 100 on the Official World Golf Ranking.
- Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira, currently world number 37, is the highest-ranked player in the field.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha)
I didn’t get a chance to play here last year. I only caught it on TV. I think it’s a very good format. Having new things in golf is always exciting. This will be the first year I’m playing in this event and I’m aiming to get into the top 24, so that I can try the Super 6 format.
I haven’t tried anything similar before. I’ll just try to make as many birdies as I can and then just not make any mistake.
(On losing his Asian Tour card for 2017 and winning a tournament in Myanmar in the same year as well as qualify for The Open in 2018) That’s life, right? You get ups and downs. I’m just happy where I am and I want to improve my golf game and improve as much as I can.
Two years ago, I came to play here. It was a very different course compared to what we play in Asia. This year is different though, it’s a lot softer. The first time we play, everything runs off as the ground was firm. It’s easier compared to my first year, but still, the competition is strong so you have to be on point.
The wind is going to affect everyone, especially those who are teeing off in the afternoon. You have to be lucky in the draw, too.
For sure, I want to win more. I have two cards, in Europe and Asia. If I can win in Asia, I can focus on other areas. If not, my focus will remain on the Asian Tour. I’m looking to get a strong base first.
Danny Willett (Eng)
They’ve re-laid the front nine greens, so yeah, they’ve had a few issues I think with the firmness, and obviously some of the greens have had a little bit of trouble with them as well. But the golf course is in good condition pretty much most of the way around. There’s a group of greens out there they’ve lost a little bit, but for the most part it’s a fantastic layout and really good fun to play. All the different wind directions turn this golf course completely the other way around depending on where the wind’s coming from and how strong it is.
I watched it (the tournament) last year on TV and really thought it was good. So yeah, then to be able to come down and be part of the Super 6, it puts a different spin on golf. We play a lot of 72-hole tournaments throughout the year and there’s a couple of match play events in there, but this obviously just throws it a little bit different in the mix there with the six holes and obviously the short pitch playoff hole as well.
The shoulder was going really well. To be able to play 36 holes in Dubai the first time in four months was just nice to even be able to compete with no pain. Then last week, Malaysia was the first time in five years I’ve not played on painkillers. So, there’s a lot of positives going forward, so now it’s just a matter of time of getting game ready, getting game sharp, and actually again looking more at the golf now instead of the body. So hopefully that’s going to kind of go hand in hand really. The better I move, the better the golf’s going to be and vice versa.
Tirawat Kaewsiribandit (Tha)
The conditions this week are great. The tournament has a nice golf course and the weather is kind. I played yesterday and experienced very strong winds. Nevertheless, my aim is to first make the cut. Anybody can win if they get to the knockout rounds, so that’s the main aim for me, to play on Sunday.
After finishing the tournament in Singapore, I was a bit sick and very tired. I played 27 holes in a day and the weather was hot. Now, I feel better. Everything is better, in fact. I’ll try my best to play well in this tournament for sure.
About the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth
To be played at Lake Karrinyup Country Club from 8-11 February, 2018 and tri-sanctioned by the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, European Tour and Asian Tour, the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth combines 54 holes of traditional stroke play across the first three days with an exciting knockout match play format for the fourth and final round.
A regular cut will fall after 36 holes before the field is then further reduced to the top-24 players following 54 holes of regulation play, with any ties for 24th place being decided by a play-off. Those remaining players will then earn their places in the six-hole shootout.
Any matches tied after the six holes will be decided by playing the new Shootout Hole – a purpose-built 90-metre hole constructed at Lake Karrinyup, with a tee placed adjacent to the 18th fairway and utilising the 18th green.
The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth is a golf tournament designed to retain the traditions of the game whilst appealing to a broader audience.
About ISPS HANDA
ISPS HANDA is a ‘General Incorporated Association’ based in Tokyo. ISPS HANDA was founded by Japanese philanthropist Dr. Haruhisa Handa in 2006 to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world.
ISPS HANDA’s support for golf is founded in its belief in the “power of sport” and it has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf.
ISPS HANDA’s heritage in supporting blind and disabled golf and Dr. Handa’s interest and philanthropic contribution in golf has formed the foundation of its wider mission for golf to become a Paralympic sport.
Outside of golf, ISPS HANDA’s support extends to other sports including rowing, football, polo, bowling and the convening of discussion platforms for young leaders in sports.
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 Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Panasonic (Official Consumer Electronics), Habitat for Humanity (Official Sustainable Development Partner), ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Partner), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official International Media Partner), Wall Street Journal (Official International Media Partner) and Sentosa in Singapore which is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.
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