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Jittery Jazz holds on to capture Korea Open

Rising Thai talent Jazz Janewattananond blew a substantial lead on the back nine but still held on to win the Korea Open by a single stroke from local Hwang Inn-choon at Cheonan yesterday.

The world No. 62’s final-round 1-over-par 72 proved enough to secure his fourth Asian Tour title on 6-under 278 for the tournament at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club. Jazz had started the day with a two-shot cushion and three birdies on a flawless front nine gave him a five-shot lead at one stage. Hwang, who finished with a 70, had the considerable consolation prize of a place at his first major championship at the age of 44 after securing one of two spots up for grabs at next month’s 148th British Open at Royal Portrush. With Jazz, who will move to the brink of the top 50 in the world with the victory, and third-placed American Chan Kim already qualified, South Korean Jang Dong-kyu, who shared fourth, claimed the other ticket to Northern Ireland.


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