New boy Jazz in contention at The Masters | Asian Tour

New boy Jazz in contention at The Masters

Published on November 14, 2020

Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond continued his strong start at The Masters on Friday by impressively moving to four-under-par for the tournament, before play was stopped for the day when he was on the seventh hole – his 16th, as he started on the 10th.

He sits just five shots behind clubhouse leaders Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas from the United States, as well as Mexican Abraham Ancer and Cameron Smith from Australia.

They share the clubhouse lead on nine-under-par 135, as benign conditions saw the early starters enjoy low scores. World number one Johnson shot two-under-par 70, Ancer 67, Smith 68 and Thomas 69.

A total of 46 players will return to complete their second rounds at 8:30 pm Singapore time on Saturday after fading light curtailed Friday’s play – the backlog the result of a long delay on the opening day caused by bad weather.

Jazz, playing in his first Masters, shot a brilliant 69 on Thursday – he birdied four out of the last six holes, including the 18th – and moved to five under for the tournament at the turn on day two with birdies on 12 and 15.

He dropped a shot on the first and then carded par after par before play was stopped. He split the fairway with his tee shot on number seven.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 13: Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand plays his shot from the third tee during the second round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on November 13, 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Jazz, the reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion following four brilliant victories last year, is in privileged company on four under as American Tiger Woods – the defending champion who is chasing his sixth Green Jacket – is also on that score.

Woods is halfway through his second round, level par for the day playing the 11th.

England’s Paul Casey, the first round leader after a 65, had one bogey and 10 pars in the 11 holes he managed to complete on Friday and will resume with a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-three 12th on Saturday.

Pre-Masters favourite Bryson DeChambeau from the United States erratic tournament continued as four birdies were offset by four bogeys and a triple-bogey seven at the third after he lost his ball.

It leaves the US Open champion one over with six to play and battling to make the cut, though the American will resume his round with a putt for an eagle at the par-five 13th.