Jazz Blog: All excited with season-opener in #MMO

Wed 04 Feb 2015

Jazz Blog: All excited with season-opener in #MMO

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Kuala Lumpur, February 4: Thai teenage phenom Jazz Janewattananond can’t wait for the season to begin at the Maybank Malaysian Open this week. Read all about it in his latest blog. 
By Jazz Janewattananond
It’s going to be an exciting week at the Maybank Malaysian Open, this being the first event of the Asian Tour’s 2015 season. We’re just coming off a bit of a break and all the Asian Tour players will be fresh for the challenges ahead. I think our players can do well this week.
For me, I’m looking forward to it. I made the cut here last year and I believe it’s one of my first co-sanctioned appearances. It was good experience as I made the cut  at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club and I enjoyed myself.
I think it’s going to be a good week for me. This course is narrow and it’s not easy to play. You have to keep your ball in play here. The key is to hit the fairways and if you can do that, you will have opportunities to make birdies. However, you do need to hit high shots into the greens which are firm.
After the Dubai Open in December, I went back to Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin, which is my home course and I started practising a lot there to get ready for the new season. I’m still on track with the changes I’m making in my swing since early last year. It’s on the right track and I hope it will keep getting better.
The goal for my changes in the swing is to ensure more consistency and to have a stronger swing. It’s designed to not expose me to injuries as well. I’m still getting used to it and I guess it will take some time for me to cope with the new changes.
Being the new season, I think everything is going to be better for me. Mentally and physically, I’m getting stronger and I think this could be a good year, better than my last two seasons hopefully. Obviously, my goal is to win a first Asian Tour title this year.
I’m going to play with Nicolas Colsaerts and Alvaro Quiros in the first two rounds and they are two of the longest hitters on the European Tour. It’s going to be very exciting for me. It’s going to be good experience for sure.
In Asia, we don’t have too many long hitters but they’ll also see how the Asians play too. While we don’t hit it as long, we are very strong with our short games and iron play. It’ll be important for me to stick to my own game plan. They’ll probably be 100 meters in front of me. They’ll be playing a different course as they’ll be so far ahead and I don’t think I’ll have a chance to talk to them except for while we’re on the tee box!
I’ll try to play good this week. The point of playing golf is to try to win but if I can’t, as there can only be one winner every week, I’ll try to get a top-10, I’ll be trying my best.