Jazz hits the all the right notes #OEM15

Fri 24 Jul 2015

Jazz hits the all the right notes #OEM15

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Crans Montana, Switzerland, July 23: Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond had a round to remember when he posted a five-under-par 65 to share the morning round lead with English duo Danny Willett and Seve Benson at the Omega European Masters on Thursday.
The 19-year-old, who is playing at the majestic Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club for the first time, surpassed his own expectations by mixing six birdies, one eagle and three bogeys to see his name perched atop the leaderboard.
“I was supposed to come here last year but ran into some visa problems. So, I’m really happy now that I’m here. It’s amazing to see my name among the leaders given that this is the first time I’m playing here,” said Jazz.
A fog delay held up play for over an hour in the morning, but it was a refreshing welcome for the young Thai when it resumed at 10am local time.
“I play my golf mainly in Asia so I haven’t really seen so much fog in the morning before. But after the fog cleared, the weather was really nice. The course is not too long and the ball flies further than usual. The greens are fast but it suits my game,” said Jazz.
Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion David Lipsky of the United States also got his title defence off to an encouraging start when he returned with a 66.
The Korean-American stumbled early with an opening bogey but picked himself up quickly by cruising home with five birdies.
“My play was pretty sharp. I only made one bogey which was good. There’s always expectations that you set for yourself especially on a course which you’ve won before.
“But I really like the scores and I know that low scores are out there. It’s hard to go 10-under out here but you just have to stay patient,” said the defending champion.
Philippines' Angelo Que meanwhile reunited with his caddie who played a pivotal role in helping him achieve his best finish of tied-seventh in the 2009 edition of the Omega European Masters.
“He was my caddie when I finished tied-seventh here in 2009. We are back together again and hopefully, this will be it!” said Que, a three-time Asian Tour winner.
Playing in the last group from the morning session, Que ran out in 34 after three birdies and a bogey from the back-nine 10.
He bogeyed five but stormed home convincingly with an eagle and another birdie in his closing three holes.
“I’m pleased to see my name among the leaders after day one. Even though it’s the first round, it still feels good. I didn’t drive the ball that well but I putted really well today,” said Que.
The Omega European Masters is the only event on European soil to be jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour since 2009.
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