Jazz Janewattananond claims maiden Asian title in Bangladesh

 04 Feb 2017 - 16:42

Jazz Janewattananond claims maiden Asian title in Bangladesh
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand (R) celebrates with Siddikur Rahman (L) of Bangladesh after winning the final round of the Bangladesh Open golf tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka on February 4, 2017. / AFP / STR


Dhaka: Talented Thai golfer Jazz Janewattananond completed a turnaround in his career claiming his maiden Asian Tour title when he shot a four-under-par 67 in the final round at the US$300,000 Bashundhara Bangladesh Open on Saturday.

Jazz faced little challenge on his way to the title having started the final round with a four-shot advantage and completed the victory with a total 17-under-par 267.

Jazz was delighted to get his career back on track after failing to keep his Asian Tour card for the first time in his career last season when he finished 63rd on the Order of Merit.

He returned to the Qualifying School last month but did not manage to secure his card.

"I have been waiting for this win for so long. I started playing on the Asian Tour when I was an amateur at 14. It's just a huge relief that I managed to get the job done," said Jazz, will take home a winner's prize purse of US$54,000.

Home hero Siddikur Rahman flew his country's flag, emerging as the best-placed local player in second place following a 66 on what is the third leg of the Asian Tour schedule this season.

"It has been a long time since I last played so well. It was a great round and a superb week," said Siddikur.

"I am really thankful to get such a huge crowd following me on my home course on the last day. I am happy with how I played too," he added.

American Dodge Kemmer secured his best finish on the Asian Tour after returning with a 68 to take third place on his own on 273.

Leading scores

267-Jazz Janewattananond (THA) 64-67-69-67

271-Siddikur Rahman (BAN) 71-66-68-66

273-Dodge Kemmer (USA) 73 -64 -68-68

274-Panuphol Pittayarat (THA) 66-68-73-67, Rattanon Wannasrichan (THA) 70-64-72-68, Chiragh Kumar (IND) 68-70-68-68, Shubhankar Sharma (IND) 64 -68-72-70

275-Sihwan Kim (USA) 70 -69 -68-68

276 Khalin Joshi (IND) 69-70-71-66