Jazz Tuning Up for Tough Tanah Merah Test

Jazz Janewattananond is expecting a tough examination in this week’s The Singapore International at Tanah Merah Country Club’s Tampines Course. Picture by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour.

Singapore: Thai Jazz Janewattananond predicts the Tampines Course at Tanah Merah Country Club (TMCC) will present a ‘beastly’ challenge when he tees-off his 2022 campaign at The Singapore International this morning.

Batteries recharged after a much-needed break, the former Asian Tour Order of Merit champion is expecting his game to be tested to the limit at TMCC, a Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.

“I played the Pro Am yesterday and have to say I found five to six really long holes, which I didn’t expect,” said Jazz of the course that is staging the penultimate event of the Asian Tour’s 2020-21 season.

“This golf course is a beast. It’s built on a very big property. I’m looking forward to playing it,” added the Thai, who is lining up in his first tournament of 2022.

“I had a long break and didn’t touch the golf clubs for 20 days. So I’m pretty much trying to get back on track, get back into the groove.”

Jazz competed in the two-leg Asian Tour Phuket Series at the end of last year before taking five weeks off.

He said: [At the end of 2021] I felt like my physical ability was not that tired, but mentally I was gone. I couldn’t think.

“I was on the road for a year-and-a-half. With no news of Thailand opening up, I didn’t miss home at all, but once they said Thailand was going to do the test and go scheme, it finally clicked that I actually wanted to go home, and I was feeling homesick. Once I arrived in Thailand, my mind wasn’t on golf, so it was good to kind of get away from it.”

Jazz said he’s determined to rediscover the form that saw him win the 2019 Asian Tour Order of Merit, with four victories, and get back into the top-50 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

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