Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand got off to a commendable start after signing for a two-under-par 70 to sit in tied-ninth place at the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship on Thursday.

Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand got off to a commendable start after signing for a two-under-par 70 to sit in tied-ninth place at the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship on Thursday.

Jazz, the last man to enter the prestigious event, fired three birdies in his opening five holes and took sole lead with another birdie on 11th before dropping two shots on his way home to fall three shots back of leader Victor Perez of France at the Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Malaysia’s Gavin Green, 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, soared with an eagle on the second and traded three birdies against three bogeys en route to his 70. Like Jazz, the 26-year-old Green is also making his debut appearance in the DP World Tour Championship.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 10: Gavin Green of Malaysia lines up a putt on the first green during Day one of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates on December 10, 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

The 24-year-old Jazz, who entered the final event of the season at 133rd on the 2020 Race to Dubai, was one of four players to qualify for the season-ending tournament from their Official World Golf Ranking, where he sits in a current 79th place.

Jazz enjoyed his best finish on the European Tour this season with a third-place result at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open – which moved him to a high of 11th in the standings.

Green started his season with a tie for 15th at the South African Open and continued to impress in his next four events, where his third place finish at the Saudi International saw him reach a high of 11th in the 2020 Race to Dubai.

He has remained inside the top 50 of the standings for almost the entirety of the season, and while briefly slipping to 43rd, he moved back inside the top 40 following a third top 10 of the year at the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown. He enters the week at 42nd in the rankings.

Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura and South African Shaun Norris returned with matching 70s while American John Catlin and Justin Harding of South Africa signed for 75 and 77 respectively.

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