PETALING JAYA: Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Jazz Janewattananond (pic) of Thailand will be seeking to go a rung better when he challenges for the title again at the US$300, 000 (RM1.26mil) Sarawak Championship starting in Kuching today.
The 23-year-old Jazz, currently the hottest player on the Asian Tour this season, enjoyed a joint runner-up finish last year after closing with a superb eight-under 64 to finish one shot adrift of the winner at the Damai Golf and Country Club.
The Thai will be bidding for a fifth Asian Tour win and a third this season to give himself a chance to qualify automatically for the Ernie Els-led International Team for the Presidents Cup.
Jazz, who is currently 10th on the International Team standings, needs to move inside the top eight when the Sarawak Championship concludes on Sunday.
“The course is looking good, better than last year. It’s going to be exciting. The greens are better but you still need a lot of luck on these greens.
“It’s hotter than last year though. I guess I need to handle the heat this week as well, ” said Jazz, who will headline the field alongside Australian Scott Hend, who is second in the Asian Tour Order of Merit and won the Maybank Championship in March this year.
“I feel good coming into this week especially with the way I finished last year.
“I will try to do the same again and see what happens. A lot of good players are here this week, so we’ll see how it goes. It’s going to be fun.”