Jazz hits all high notes to lead in Manila

Thu 14 Nov 2013

Jazz hits all high notes to lead in Manila

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Manila, November 14: Young gun Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand got off to a strong start when he fired a sizzling eight-under-par 64 to take the first round lead at the inaugural US$750,000 Resorts World Manila Masters on Thursday.
The 17-year-old returned with a flawless round highlighted by eight birdies for a one-shot advantage over Canada’s Richard T. Lee who returned with a 65 at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.
Philippines’ Charles Hong led the home charge after he signed for a 66 to take third place alongside Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong, Australia’s Matthew Stieger and Korean-American David Lipsky at the newest event to make its debut on the Asian Tour this season.
Following the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan last weekend, all players wore Red Cross pin as a pledge of their commitment towards relief efforts and also observed a minute’s silence to show their respect for the victims.
Despite feeling unwell, Jazz was delighted with his promising start as he eyes his breakthrough on the Asian Tour this week.
“I played well today even though I wasn’t feeling well this morning. I have been nursing a flu since returning from India last week. My iron play was really good today and I played pretty consistent too. I like this course. It suits my game a lot,” said Jazz.
“My season has been great and it’s a lot better than last year. I only missed one cut so far. I’m happy to see the improvement in my game,” added the young Thai.
Meanwhile Lee, who came through the Asian Tour Qualifying School in January, also had his maiden title ambitions boosted after returning with a flawless 65 in the morning.
“It was a pretty good round. Jazz and I were hitting it really well and making lots of putts out there. We got the good draw in the morning with no wind and it seemed to be pretty easy out there. The golf course is pretty fair and easy. If you hit your ball straight and place it where you want it to be, you can make easy putts out there,” said the 23-year-old, who marked his card with seven birdies.
“The first half of the year was not bad. I’m working towards retaining my Tour card for next year and I’m trying to get a win this week,” added Lee, who had earlier finished tied-second in the Philippines in April.
Lipsky is delighted to rediscover his form which led him to his maiden Asian Tour win in Cambodia last year.
The 25-year-old has only made the cut in three of his eight starts this season but a good opening round where he marked his card with seven birdies against a lone bogey on the par-four 14th has brought back that all-important confidence.
“I’m pretty happy with my score today as I played really well from tee to green. Six-under is a good start and I’m looking forward to the rest of the week,” said Lipsky.
Leading scores after round 1 of the Resorts World Manila Masters being played at the par 72, 7337 Yards Manila Southwoods GcC course (a- denotes amateur):
64 - Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA).
65 - Richard T. LEE (CAN).
66 - Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA), Charles HONG (PHI), Matthew STIEGER (AUS), David LIPSKY (USA), Carlos SAINZ Jr. (USA).
67 - Sutijet KOORATANAPISAN (THA), Prom MEESAWAT (THA), LAM Chih Bing (SIN), Kalle SAMOOJA (FIN), Lionel WEBER (FRA), WANG Jeung-hun (KOR), LIANG Wen-chong (CHN), Angelo QUE (PHI), LEE Sung (KOR), Antonio LASCUNA (PHI), Anthony KANG (USA), Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA), CHAN Shih-chang (TPE).
68 - Kodai ICHIHARA (JPN), HUNG Chien-yao (TPE), Carlos PIGEM (ESP), Rahil GANGJEE (IND), HSU Mong-nan (TPE), ZHANG Lian-wei (CHN), TSAI Chi-huang (TPE), Pariya JUNHASAVASDIKUL (THA), Chris RODGERS (ENG), Jonathan MOORE (USA), Elias BERTHEUSSEN (NOR), Adilson DA SILVA (BRA), Himmat RAI (IND), David LUTTERUS (AUS), Abhinav LOHAN (IND).
Selected scores
69 - Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA), LIN Wen-tang (TPE)
71 - Daniel CHOPRA (SWE)
Ends.
About the Resorts World Manila Masters
A new era will beckon for professional golf in the Philippines when the Resorts World Manila Masters makes its debut on the Asian Tour. The newest US$750,000 event will be held at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club from November 14 to 17, 2013 with all four rounds beamed live on the Asian Tour’s global television platform that reaches over 200 countries and 650 million homes.
By signing a landmark five-year agreement with the Asian Tour, Resorts World Manila Masters will not only expose local athletes to the highest level of competition, but will also put the Philippines on the international golfing radar.
The Resorts World Manila Masters also marks yet another step in Resorts World Manila’s efforts to champion Filipino talent, not only in entertainment and the arts, but also in terms of sports as it supports and develops local athletes for international success.
The Resorts World Manila Masters is title sponsored by Resorts World Manila with the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club as the official host venue. Other sponsors include Nike Golf, BMW, Sony, Asia Brewery, Canon, PLDT, Remington Hotel, Marriott Manila and media partner, Business Mirror.
 
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. 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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
Ends.
About the Resorts World Manila Masters
A new era will beckon for professional golf in the Philippines when the Resorts World Manila Masters makes its debut on the Asian Tour. The newest US$750,000 event will be held at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club from November 14 to 17, 2013 with all four rounds beamed live on the Asian Tour’s global television platform that reaches over 200 countries and 650 million homes.
By signing a landmark five-year agreement with the Asian Tour, Resorts World Manila Masters will not only expose local athletes to the highest level of competition, but will also put the Philippines on the international golfing radar.
The Resorts World Manila Masters also marks yet another step in Resorts World Manila’s efforts to champion Filipino talent, not only in entertainment and the arts, but also in terms of sports as it supports and develops local athletes for international success.
The Resorts World Manila Masters is title sponsored by Resorts World Manila with the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club as the official host venue. Other sponsors include Nike Golf, BMW, Sony, Asia Brewery, Canon, PLDT, Remington Hotel, Marriott Manila and media partner, Business Mirror.
 
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. 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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.