Jazz gets company atop leaderboard in Manila

Fri 15 Nov 2013

Jazz gets company atop leaderboard in Manila

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Manila, November 15: Overnight leader Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand remained in prime position of becoming the second youngest professional winner on the Asian Tour after he posted a three-under-par 69 to grab a share of the second round lead with Philippines’ Angelo Que and Canada’s Richard T. Lee at the US$750,000 Resorts World Manila Masters on Friday.
The 17-year-old could follow the footsteps of Korea’s Noh Seung-yul by winning his first title on the region’s premier Tour at a tender age if he continues to show the composure and talent that the crowd has come to take notice of over the last two days at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.
Thailand’s Prom Meesawat signed for a flawless 67 to be bunched with Spanish rookie Carlos Pigem, England’s Chris Rodgers and Malaysia’s highest-ranked player Nicholas Fung in equal fourth place.
After shaking off the effects of flu, Jazz is now looking forward to playing his best golf during the weekend rounds.
Like any other teenager, the overnight leader just wants to adopt a carefree attitude and enjoy himself over the next 36 holes.
“I try not to think too much about winning yet as I believe the key to doing well is to have fun. I’m beginning to feel very comfortable around this golf course and I’m enjoying myself,” said Jazz, who turned professional one day before his 15th birthday at the King’s Cup in Thailand in 2010.
“I was struggling to finish my round yesterday and it was a pleasant surprise when I took the lead. I missed a couple of putts today but it was alright, I’m well now and hopefully this good run will continue,” added the Hua Hin native, who compiled a two-day total of 11-under-par 133.
Que kept the local hopes alive when he fired a 66 to remain firmly in contention for his first Asian Tour win on home soil in five years.
The three-time Asian Tour winner’s last home victory on the region’s premier Tour was in 2008 when he won his country’s National Open. And a victory at the Resorts World Manila Masters will cap a brilliant year for the 34-year-old who has enjoyed four top-five finishes so far.
“I’ve been playing with a lot of confidence since finishing fourth in India last week. I am in top form coming back to play on home soil this week. It’s good to see my wife following me throughout my round. It’s easier to play when I know my family is close by. I’m more relaxed on the course too,” said Que, who marked his card with eight birdies against two bogeys.
Lee, who has yet to drop a shot this week, is also bracing himself for an enthralling weekend ahead.
The rookie overcame the windy conditions to mark his card with birdies on holes four, seven, 11 and 17.
“It was getting windy out there just like yesterday’s afternoon but I told myself not to make any mistakes. The last two rounds are going to be pretty interesting! I will keep to my own game plan for the next two rounds and we will see how it goes,” said Lee.
Fung, who currently leads the rankings on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) which is the Tour’s secondary circuit, is delighted to be putting his experience on playing on the ADT to good advantage.
“I have played a couple of Asian Tour events this year and I have been enjoying it so far. I gained experience and I learn a lot from playing with the Asian Tour professionals too,” said Fung.
“It was not as windy as yesterday when I played in the afternoon so I guess that was an advantage for me. Both my driving and putting were solid today. I just hope to maintain my form and continue to play well tomorrow,” said the 23-year-old Fung.
Meanwhile Prom remains hopeful of ending his seven-year title drought after his last win on the Asian Tour came in Korea in 2006.
While he has yet to reach the dizzy heights of 2006, the 29-year-old is optimistic of making his return to the winner’s circle after soaking in the day’s positives.
“I didn’t make too many mistakes today. I had a good start despite playing in the wind which was always going to be challenging. If you keep the ball in play and hit it onto the green, you’ll have a good chance for birdie because the greens here are very small,” said Prom.
“I’m still looking for my second win and I’m going to try my best. I’ll try to stay close to the top of the leaderboard and hopefully things go my way come Sunday,” said Prom.
The weekend cut was set a two-under with 65 players making the cut.
Ends.
Leading scores after round 2 of the Resorts World Manila Masters being played at the par 72, 7337 Yards Manila Southwoods GcC course (a- denotes amateur):
133 - Angelo QUE (PHI) 67-66, Richard T. LEE (CAN) 65-68, Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 64-69.
134 - Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 70-64, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 67-67, Carlos PIGEM (ESP) 68-66, Chris RODGERS (ENG) 68-66.
135 - Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 68-67, David LIPSKY (USA) 66-69.
136 - LIANG Wen-chong (CHN) 67-69, Mithun PERERA (SRI) 69-67, Stephen LEWTON (ENG) 70-66, HUNG Chien-yao (TPE) 68-68, Charles HONG (PHI) 66-70, Kalle SAMOOJA (FIN) 67-69.
137 - Himmat RAI (IND) 68-69, LEE Sung (KOR) 67-70, Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 67-70, Jaakko MAKITALO (FIN) 69-68, Carlos SAINZ Jr. (USA) 66-71, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 71-66, S.S.P. CHOWRASIA (IND) 71-66, Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 69-68, LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 67-70.
138 - Digvijay SINGH (IND) 70-68, David LUTTERUS (AUS) 68-70, Anthony KANG (USA) 67-71, Sutijet KOORATANAPISAN (THA) 67-71, TSAI Chi-huang (TPE) 68-70, Pariya JUNHASAVASDIKUL (THA) 68-70.
Selected scores
141 - Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND) 72-69, Mardan MAMAT (SIN) 71-70
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.