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Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Jazz Janewattananond  (Getty Images)
Jazz Janewattananond (Getty Images)

Jazz Janewattananond is hoping to produce a strong performance at the Maybank Championship as the Thai player closes in on a top 50 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Janewattananond, who at the age of 14 years and 71 days became the youngest golfer to make the cut on the Asian Tour in the 2010 Asian Tour International, has translated his early potential into solid ability with four top 30 finishes in his last seven European Tour events.

A maiden European Tour title still beckons for the 23-year-old, who currently sits in 78th place in the Official World Golf Ranking after finishes of 3-2-1-T13-4 on his last five Asian Tour starts, and is eyeing eligibility at the Masters Tournament after watching good friend Justin Harding power his way into contention.

If I can play good this week I have a chance of cracking the top 50 sooner - Jazz Janewattananond

"It's always been my goal as a kid," Janewattananond said. "I was fortunate to crack the top 100 this soon. It was always in the back of my mind to take the next step and get into the top 50.

"I had a couple of good finishes coming in to this week. This is going to be a big week, if I can play good this week I have a chance of cracking the top 50 sooner, but if not, it's still my goal.

"Seeing the likes of Justin Harding, who played on the Asian Tour last year, he just cracked the top 50 last week. To see that is very inspiring. We played a lot together last year. Now that he is in the top 50, he'll have a better chance of getting into the Masters.

"To see someone close to you do that is very inspiring and it gives you a boost and confidence that you can do it too."

Janewattananond has not been in European Tour action since his tied for 13th finish at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth, which followed a fine display for tied 27th display at the ISPS Handa Vic Open. 

And the Thai player is hoping to continue where he left off as he takes on the likes of Ryder Cup stars Thomas Pieters, Ross Fisher and three time Major champion Padraig Harrington in a strong field at Saujana Golf & Country Club.

"I started off really good this season and I'll try to keep it going. This is going to be a big week, some of the best golfers are here. 

"It's going to be tough conditions and hot weather. I'll just do my best and see what I can get out of it. It's always nice to come back to Malaysia."

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