Jazz stays ahead at Betagro Championship

Fri 25 May 2018

Jazz stays ahead at Betagro Championship


Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, May 25: Overnight co-leader Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand carded a four-under-par 68 to stay ahead of the chasing pack at the halfway stage of the Betagro Championship on Friday.

The 22-year-old Thai seized the outright lead by one shot after totalling 11-under-par 133 at the highly-rated Suwan Golf and Country Club, a venue where he wrote a slice of history on the Asian Tour in 2010.

At the age of 14 years and 71 days, Jazz, then an amateur, became the youngest player ever to make the halfway cut on the Asian Tour. Eight years on, he is now a one-time winner on the region’s premier Tour following his breakthrough in Bangladesh last season.

Argentinean Miguel Carballo, who held a share of the overnight lead, posted a 69 to share second place with Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong (65), Chinnarat Phadungsil (67) and Jaturon Duangphaichoom (67) at the ฿3,000,000 (approx. US$96,000) event.

Starting from the 10th hole, Jazz reeled in three straight pars before stumbling with a double bogey on 13 for his only blemish of the day.

The talented Thai, however, bounced back brilliantly with three consecutive birdies to turn in 35 before adding three more birdies on his way home to stay atop the leaderboard.

“I was pretty angry after my double bogey on 13. My ball took an unlucky bounce and went into the water hazard. After that, I just told myself to keep to the plan as I knew the next hole was an easy par-five so I had to keep my cool.

“After I birdied the 15th hole, I managed to keep the momentum going. I made a massive 20-foot birdie putt on 16 and that really boosted my confidence going forward,” said Jazz.

Jazz, who is playing in his sixth tournament in a row, was thrilled to put himself in prime position for a first Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory. The young Thai had to overcome the jetlag that resulted from his long-haul flight from Belgium earlier in the week.

“I came here to play with no expectations in mind. I played on the European Tour in Belgium last week. I flew straight home and had to deal with the change in weather and the jetlag. I wanted to train myself to keep up my stamina with the travelling,” added the Thai.

Carballo, who has capped four top-10s on the ADT this season before going on to claim a top-five finish on the Asian Tour in China last week, traded five birdies against two bogeys to stay in the mix.

“I didn’t feel like I played well today because I was hitting it left and right and was making a lot of bad decisions. I took aggressive lines when I shouldn’t have and I got ahead of myself. But overall, I still held my game together and I am happy with what I shot today,” said the 39-year-old Carballo, a former player on the PGA Tour.

Thailand’s Thammanoon Sriroj and Danthai Boonma, both winners on the Asian Tour, returned with matching 66s to sit two shots off the pace in sixth place alongside local amateur Sadom Kaewkanjana and Hein Sithu of Myanmar.

ADT Order of Merit leader Nitithorn Thippong of Thailand signed for a second straight 68 to trail by four in tied-10th position while defending champion and countryman Tirawat Kaewsiribandit matched his efforts of the day to grab a share of 36th place on 140.

The halfway cut was set at three-under-par 141 with 63 players, including one local amateur, advancing into the weekend rounds.

The Betagro Championship, which is jointly sanctioned by the All Thailand Golf Tour and the ADT, is the ninth leg of the ADT’s 2018 schedule.

The leading five players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the Asian Tour for the 2019 season.


Leading Round Two scores

133 - Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 65 68

134 - Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 69 65, Miguel CARBALLO (ARG) 65 69, Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 67 67, Jaturon DUANGPHAICHOOM (THA) 67 67

135 - Hein SITHU (MYN) 69 66, Thammanoon SRIROJ (THA) 69 66, Danthai BOONMA (THA) 69 66, Sadom KAEWKANJANA (A) (THA) 69 66

136 - Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 70 66, Tawan PHONGPHUN (THA) 70 66, Meechok PHANTHARAK (THA) 69 67, Kevin LEE (KOR) 71 65, Nitithorn THIPPONG (THA) 68 68, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 69 67, Kazuki HIGA (JPN) 68 68, Charng-Tai SUDSOM (THA) 67 69

137 - Nattawat SUVAJANAKORN (THA) 67 70, Chanachok DEJPIRATANAMONGKOL (THA) 67 70 


About Asian Development Tour

The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.