Jazz rocks in Singapore to boost title defense

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Jazz Janewattananond injected contemporary momentum into his identify protection on the Singapore Open with a 2d spherical six-under-par 65 on Friday to snatch a one-shot lead heading into day 3.

FILE PHOTO: Golfing – The 148th Open Championship – Royal Portrush Golfing Membership, Portrush, Northern Eire – July 18, 2019 Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond all through the primary spherical REUTERS/Paul Childs

The 2019 Asian Excursion Order of Advantage champion, starting his spherical two pictures off the tempo, bogeyed the second one hollow ahead of hitting 3 birdies on his entrance 9.

The Thai picked up 4 extra pictures on his again 9 to be at 10-under-par 132 on the midway degree however he refused to be complacent particularly with Matt Kuchar and Justin Rose lurking two pictures at the back of.

Philippines’ Miguel Tabuena matched Jazz’s 65 to proportion 2d position with Korean teenager Joohyung Kim who hit a 66 on the Sentosa Golfing Membership.

“There are nonetheless two extra days and anything else can occur,” stated Jazz, who’s bidding to be the second one participant, after Australian Adam Scott, to protect the identify.

“Everybody shall be bringing their A recreation into the weekend. You simply were given to take a look at and convey yours too and do what you must do.

“These days I struggled firstly, used to be a bit of shaky however I discovered the groove after and controlled to get it accomplished rather proper.”

American Kuchar continued a topsy-turvy day out ahead of hurling himself into identify rivalry with a 68.

“It used to be rather breezy this morning and there have been some tricky holes in the market,” stated the American who combined seven birdies with two bogeys and a double bogey.

“I’m happy that it used to be every other just right spherical lately and I’m in a just right place for the weekend.”

Former international primary Rose hit a 66.

Reporting by way of Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; enhancing by way of Toby Davis

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