Thailand young gun Jazz Janewattananond comes into the SMBC Singapore Open as reigning champion after a stunning performance at Sentosa Golf Club last January.
Aged just 23, he displayed maturity beyond his years and a special talent to hold off challenges from Ryder Cup men Paul Casey and Matthew Fitzpatrick and the highly rated Yoshinori Fujimoto of Japan.
With the victory, he became the youngest winner of the Singapore Open and his 18-under-par 266 went into the record books as the tournament’s best ever four-round total.
It was no overnight success for Jazz. He turned professional just before his 15th birthday in November 2010 and since then has been steadily improving his game and climbing the rankings.
Before his triumph at the SMBC Singapore Open he won the Bangladesh Open in 2017 and the Queen’s Cup on home soil in 2018, victories that stamped his credentials as a player to watch.
Jazz’s career has flourished since winning the SMBC Singapore Open. He tied for 14th spot at the PGA Championship ahead of winning the Kolon Korea Open last June and the Indonesian Masters and Thailand Masters in December, bringing his tally of wins on the Asian Tour to six.
His stellar performances saw him lift the Asian Tour Order of Merit title for the first time and he sealed a priceless end-of-year top-40 spot on the Official World Golf Ranking.
Date of birth: November 26, 1995
Year Turned Professional: 2010
2019 SMBC Singapore Open, BNI Indonesia Masters, Thailand Masters, Kolon Korea Open
2018 Queen’s Cup
2017 Bangladesh Open