Local star Jazz caps 2019 by winning season-ending Thailand Masters

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-23 09:47:46|Editor: ZX
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BANGKOK, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Jazz Janewattananond capped his 2019 Asian Tour season just like the way he started when he cruised to a commanding five-shot victory at the Thailand Masters in Pattaya on Sunday.

It has been a remarkable year for the 24-year-old as he triumphed again for the second time in two weeks after closing with a six-under-par 65 at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club.

Jazz got off to a flying start when he won the Asian Tour's season-opener in Singapore in January. 12 months later, he would end the year by capturing his sixth Asian Tour title and fourth this season on home soil.

"It is indeed a very good year. I had four wins this year and I ended the year the way I started. I don't think I was actually cruising towards another win today as I was really tired and made some silly mistakes," said Jazz.

"But I managed to recover well and it was really nice to close with round with that long birdie putt from 15 feet. I set myself small realistic goals so that I can achieve them and I'm glad I managed to achieve that this week."

Jazz's winning total of 23-under-par 261 at a venue which he won before too meant he will break into the top-40 on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), a target he had set out to achieve at the start of the week.

Compatriot Suradit Yongcharoenchai made a late challenge by firing seven birdies and one eagle for a 62 but it was still not enough to catch the 2019 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion on a day where he was simply unstoppable.

Surdait ended his last event of the year by sharing second place with compatriot Phachara Khongwatmai and Belgium's Thomas Detry while American Berry Henson also enjoyed his second top-10 of 2019 with a tied-seventh finish at the Thailand Masters.