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Saturday, 18 May 2019
Jazz Janewattananond  (Getty Images)
Jazz Janewattananond (Getty Images)

He will be well-known among Asian Tour fans and European Tour aficionados, but Jazz Janewattananond will be an unfamiliar name to many across the Atlantic in the USA. We give you the lowdown on the man they call Jazzy J…

1. His name will be a tongue-twister for many but is relatively straight-forward aside from the emphasis on the first syllable, so here is the correct pronunciation of Jazz’s surname (from the words of the man himself): “Jayn-wotta-nan-ond”

2. He turned professional in 2010 at the age of 15. Yes, 15!

3. He spent two weeks living as a monk in Thailand in 2016 and credited that experience to his victory at the 2017 Bangladesh Open


4. Jazz was not his birthname (it’s Atiwit), but a nickname given to him due at childhood to his father’s love of jazz music

5. At 23 years of age, he has seven professional titles to his name already, including three on the Asian Tour

6. His most recent Asian Tour win came courtesy of a two-stroke victory over Paul Casey and Yoshinori Fujimoto, and it earned him qualification to The 2019 Open Championship

7. He became the youngest player to make a cut on the Asian Tour back in 2010, aged 14 years and 71 days

8. He was already having his best season on the European Tour prior to this week, with a third placed finish at the Maybank Championship earning him his biggest cheque on tour

9. He earned his European Tour card for 2018 in spectacular style, chipping in on the final hole at Lumine Golf Club for an eagle to clinch his card on the mark

10. He is a trick-shot expert 

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