Jazz posts solid 70 start in Texas

Fri 26 May 2017

Jazz posts solid 70 start in Texas

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By Bernie McGuire
Fort Worth, Texas, May 26:  Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond displayed little nerves as he upstaged some of the PGA Tour’s seasoned campaigners with a level par 70 on his debut at the Dean & Deluca Invitational on Thursday.
The 21-year old Asian Tour sensation began his round from the 10th tee on the famed Colonial club course, and where legendary Lone Star State golfer, Ben Hogan, won the Invitational five times.
Jazz, winner of the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open this year, shot four birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey to lie in a share of 34th position and very much in place to make the weekend rounds.
“I managed to have a good night’s sleep and the weird thing is that I was not nervous on the first tee because I thought I would be nervous,” he said. “I hit a perfect tee shot down the 10th and thought to myself “Oh, that felt pretty good” and I was really glad to have that start.
“The course has been set-up very differently to what I have been used to so, overall it was a very solid start and I am very happy to sign for a 70. The conditions were very calm when we teed off just after 8.30 but by the end of the round the wind had got a lot stronger that made the last few holes difficult.”
If there was a shot of his day then Jazz said it came with his penultimate shot at the ninth hole. “My drive was right in the trees and all I could do was chip out to the other side of the fairway, and then I hit a great third shot to about 25-feet and holed the putt for par, so that was a great way to end my round,” he said.
Jazz walked from the course finishing a shot fewer than playing partner, Sam Saunders and grandson of the later Arnold Palmer, and five strokes less than local Fort Worth golfer, Martin Piller who signed for a 75.
“Martin is from Fort Worth and both he and Sam were very welcoming and that helped to settle me down,” he said. “I spoke a lot with Sam and he also talked about his grandfather, Mr. Palmer and that was so great to hear him talk so proudly of him. And then when we got to the first tee there was Mr. Palmer’s name on the Wall of Champions”.
Those who Jazz also finished in front included former Asian Tour No. 1 Anirban Lahiri, who signed for a 76 along with PGA Tour winners Martin Laird (73), Steve Stricker (72), Emiliano Grillo (72), recent Players Championship winner Si Woo Kim (72) and former US Open champion, Geoff Ogilvy (71).
UPDATED:
Jazz signed for a second round six-over-par 76 and a 146 total, missing the halfway cut by two shots in his PGA Tour debut at the Dean & Deluca Invitational.