Jazz Janewattananond produced a debut performance that dreams are made of to move onto the cusp of the top-ten after day one of The Masters at a weather hit Augusta National on Thursday.
I mean, I think the golf course will play a bit different because it rained today, and I think the weather is going to turn out for us on the weekend, so we’ll see how much it changedJazz Janewattananond
The reigning Asian Number One, who is still searching for a break-through PGA TOUR win, settled his nerves with an early birdie on his second hole before paring out to make the turn on one-under 35.
A brace of bogies around ‘Amen Corner’ proved to be nothing more than a minor setback as the 24-year-old proceeded to pick up three birdies in his closing four holes to sign for an excellent 69 and a share of 12th spot in the clubhouse, four shots off the pace set by clubhouse leader Paul Casey of England, who opened with a 65.
“I mean, I think the golf course will play a bit different because it rained today, and I think the weather is going to turn out for us on the weekend, so we’ll see how much it changed,” said a delighted Jazz, who hit 12 of 18 greens in regulation and 10 of 14 fairways, with no three-putts. “I’m looking forward to it.”
Jazz is due to start his second round at 1116 local time (23.16pm Thailand time) on Friday, although with 45 of the 92 players yet to complete their rounds, he could be in for an extended wait.