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Jazz eyes another smooth win in Sarawak golf tourney

Last update: 14/08/2019
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) -- Asian Tour leader Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand is vying for a better result when he tees-off in the second edition of the Sarawak Golf Championship in Kuching, starting tomorrow.

The 23-year-old who clinched a joint runners-up finish in the first edition of the tournament last season, acknowledged that the demanding greens at the Damai Golf and Country Club would be a tough challenge for him to continue his smashing performance this season, after having landed the Singapore Open title in January and also the Korea Open title in June.

“I feel good coming into this week as well, especially with the way I finished last year. I will try and do the same again and see what happens. A lot of good players this week so we will see how it goes. It’s going to be fun.

“You need to try and make putts here. A lot of guys can hit the greens so it’s important to putt well. I putted well last year but I have been changing putters every week now so we will see what happens,” he was quoted as saying in the Asian Tour website;

Australian veteran, Scott Hend, meanwhile is not putting much hope for this tournament as he is using the Sarawak Championship as a warm-up platform before taking part in other Asian Tour competitions, including back-to-back the Panasonic Open Championship in Japan next month and also the Mercuries Taiwan Masters in Taipei in October.

The 45-year-old added that the blazing heat in Kuching would be a major challenge for him to put a solid performance in the US$300,000 (RM1.256 million) tournament.

“I am as refreshed as I can be because it’s quite hot here obviously. I haven’t been in this heat for awhile. I tried to work out during the break, drink some wine as well and then work out again (laughs).

“I will just try and play golf this week and see what happens. I have no high expectations obviously. It would be good if I can drop some putts this week. I have a few events more to play in Asia. The WGC-HSBC Champions is a huge one for me definitely,” added Hend which claimed his first Asian Tour title at the Maybank Championship in March.

India’s veteran, Shiv Kapur, on the other hand, hopes to rediscover his winning form in the Sarawak Championship, having failed to made a breakthrough since winning the 2017 Panasonic India Open.

“The 2019 season has been disappointing to be honest. 2017 was a big year for me obviously, and I carried those expectations into 2018, but the start of the 2019 season has been pretty slow. The tournaments that I used to play well in I ended up not doing very well,” added the 37-year-old New Delhi-born who is yet to make a breakthrough in the Asian Tour this season.

Other prominent players who have entered for the Asian Tour-sanctioned tournament are American Micah Lauren Shin, Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe, while three national players -- Ben Leong, Nicholas Fung and Danny Chia, will spearhead the local charge.

A total of 156 players from 22 countries will be vying for top honours at the full-field Asian Tour event, which is organised by the Sarawak state government to promote the ‘Land of the Hornbills’.


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