Pattaya, Thailand: Jazz Janewattananond closed with a four-under-par 67 to seal his second Asian Tour title, and first on home soil, at the US$300,000 Queen’s Cup presented by Bangchak.
After trading one birdie against two bogeys to turn in 37, Jazz fired five straight birdies from the 10th to pull away from the pack before reeling in four closing pars for a winning total of 19-under 265 at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club.
The 22-year-old Thai, who was trailing by one shot at the turn, sparked his hot run with a chip-in birdie from 33 feet on the 10th. After a wayward tee shot on 11, a brilliant approach from the trees left him a tap-in birdie.
He went on to make a seven-footer on the 12th, drain an uphill putt from 24 feet on 13th and nail an eight-footer on 14 to take control of the event, which was celebrating its 10th straight edition on the Asian Tour.
“It means a lot to win the Queen’s Cup. It feels very good to win at home and with my parents watching,” said Jazz, who was runner-up in the event last year.
“I love the Queen’s Cup. It’s my favourite tournament on the Asian Tour. When it was held in Samui, I played well there as well. I finished second last year, missing out on a play-off by one shot. I think I got my revenge now.
“I came here with the mindset of putting my game in good shape for The Open. I did more than that. To be able to win this week is a bonus. It has definitely helped to boost my confidence,” added Jazz, who banked a cheque for US$54,000 and received 14 Official World Golf Ranking points.
Indian Gaganjeet Bhullar battled to a 71 to take second place on 269 while American Sihwan Kim and Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand shared third place on 270.
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