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It’s all go in the ring as the ONE championship heads home to Singapore

Published October 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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It’s all go in the ring as the ONE championship heads home to Singapore

Oct 20. 2019
By THE NATION

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Reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao of Thailand is to defend his World Title against countryman Saemapetch Fairtex next month as the ONE Championship returns to Singapore for “ONE: Edge of Greatness”.

The event, which takes place on Novemberr 22 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, will feature fights between the world’s greatest martial arts athletes.

Considered one of the greatest strikers of all time, Nong-O has captured nearly every accolade in Muay Thai. He made his first appearance at the famed Rajadamnern Stadium when he was just a teenager and has since competed in over 300 professional bouts.

During that time, he claimed two Thailand National Muay Thai Championships, four Lumpini Stadium Muay Thai World Championships in different divisions, and a Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Championship.

Since joining the world’s best strikers in ONE Super Series, Nong-O has dominated the competition. In February, he captured the inaugural ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title with a unanimous decision victory over Han Zi Hao. He has since successfully defended his belt twice. Now he’s taking on Saemapetch, one of the fastest rising stars in Thailand.

The former MTGP Welterweight World Champion joined ONE Super Series in 2018 and has since impressed during his time inside the ring. Saemapetch took up Muay Thai at the age of 11, and a mere three years later, he was competing at the famed Rajadamnern Stadium in Bangkok. Now training out of the renowned Fairtex camp in Pattaya, alongside the likes of Muay Thai World Champions Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex and Stamp Fairtex, Saemapetch is certainly a noteworthy talent to watch out for.

In the co-main event of the evening, former ONE World Title challengers Amir Khan of Singapore and Ev “ET” Ting of Malaysia will do battle in a lightweight mixed martial arts contest. Khan, a Singaporean Muay Thai champion, has faced the biggest names in ONE Championship’s lightweight division, including former World Champion Eduard Folayang and former featherweight World Champion Honorio Banario.

Ting, on the other hand, is coming off a spectacular come-from-behind victory against Daichi Abe last July. The Malaysian-Kiwi sensation, who is one of the world’s best lightweights, blazed a trail across Asia, New Zealand, and Australia before making waves on the global stage of ONE Championship.

Born in Malaysia, Ting was once a promising soccer player but in 2009, he decided to switch his focus to mixed martial arts and began training at a local gym in Auckland. He made his professional debut in 2011, and has since defeated proven contenders such as former ONE Welterweight World Champion Nobutatsu Suzuki, Ariel Sexton, and Kamal Shalorus.

The rest of the card is stacked with even more world-class martial artists and local talent.

Singaporean star Tiffany Teo is set to make her ONE Championship return against promotional newcomer Maira Mazar of Brazil.

Teo is one of the fastest rising stars in Asia. She began her training in taekwondo, and then later moved on to compete in Muay Thai, boxing, and finally, mixed martial arts. The former ONE Women’s Strawweight World Title challenger now welcomes Mazar to the Circle. The Brazilian is riding a two-bout win streak, and she would love to extend it to three in her ONE Championship debut.

Also on the cards is undefeated American featherweight Troy Worthen, who faces Chinese knockout artist “Rock Man” Chen Lei.

Worthen, who trains out of Evolve in Singapore, is a former NCWA Conference Champion and All-American with over 400 career wrestling matches under his belt. He made his mixed martial arts debut in 2015 and has since won all five of his bouts. He signed with ONE Championship last July and debuted with a second-round technical knockout victory over Chen Rui.

His opponent, the hard-hitting “Rock Man,” is a Shanghai Open BJJ Champion known for his fast and powerful hands. Chen started his ONE Championship career finishing his first four opponents in spectacular fashion.

Former ONE Strawweight World Champion Alex “Little Rock” Silva of Brazil is set to take on China’s Peng Xue Wen in a strawweight contest. Silva, a mainstay at Evolve in Singapore, is fresh off an impressive second-round submission victory over Stefer Rahardian. Peng, on the other hand, is a winner of two of his last three bouts.

Silva’s Evolve teammate, multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion and former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke of Thailand, will see action against Pakistan’s Muhammad “The Spider” Imran while Singapore-based Indian martial artist Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju will face Pakistan’s Ahmed “The Wolverine” Mujtaba.

Lastly, in a Muay Thai contest, Thailand’s Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy takes on the United Kingdom’s Charlie Peters.

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Korda, Kang pull clear of Shanghai field

Published October 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Korda, Kang pull clear of Shanghai field

Oct 19. 2019
Jessica Korda (LPGA Photo)

Jessica Korda (LPGA Photo)
By THE NATION

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After 54 holes at the 2019 Buick LPGA Shanghai, two Americans have pulled clear of the field.

Playing in the final group, Jessica Korda and Danielle Kang both returned rounds of 6-under 66 on Saturday at Qizhong Garden Golf Club. Korda leads the field at a tournament-record -15, with Kang just one stroke behind at -14.

Korda carded eight birdies on Saturday, including sticking her approach for birdie at No. 18 to 3 feet, to pull one stroke ahead of Kang. Despite the low numbers on her scorecard, Korda said she’s been battling through some swing issues since arriving in Shanghai.

“I’ve been struggling a little bit with my swing, so I’ve been working on it every day. It’s slowly starting to kind of take its groove,” said Korda, who has five LPGA victories, most recently at the 2018 Honda LPGA Thailand. “And then just making some putts. You know, my speed has been pretty decent and giving myself some opportunities, which is what I need out here.”

Kang stepped to the tee at the par-4 17th two strokes off Korda’s lead. She promptly drove the green, setting up an eagle at the Aon Risk Reward Challenge hole and briefly pulling into a tie for the lead before Korda’s birdie at 18.

“I hit a dragonfly on my practice swing on the tee box so I was kind of panicking about that,” joked Kang, who is looking to defend her victory here in 2018. “Honestly, I know people might think that shouldn’t throw you off, but Olly (Brett, her caddie) was joking around the entire time that the dragonfly is okay. The yardage just came out to be a perfect 5-wood and he said I could cover the entire bunker, so went middle of the green and he said rip at it and I did.”

Brooke Henderson, who led by two strokes at the start of the day, had an up-and-down round on Saturday, carding an eagle, two birdies, three bogeys and a closing double bogey for a 1-over 73. The Canadian’s tee shot at 18 found the penalty area to the left of the fairway and she two-putted to drop to -10 overall, five strokes behind Korda.

Japan’s Nasa Hataoka and American rookie Kristen Gillman are tied for fourth at -9. Rolex Rankings No. 1 Jin Young Ko shot a 68 on Saturday and is tied for eighth at -6.

KORDA COMFORTABLE PLAYING ALL AROUND THE WORLD

With five victories in five countries, Jessica Korda makes the jet-set life of an LPGA player look easy. Already with wins to her name in Australia, the Bahamas, Malaysia, Thailand and the United States, she is just 18 holes away from adding the People’s Republic of China to that winning roster.

Korda attributed that comfort on the road to all the miles she logged as a child, following the career of her father, 1998 Australian Open tennis champion Petr Korda.

“Luckily, I got to travel with my dad when I was a kid, so I’m used to living out of a suitcase. Hotel rooms are homes. It’s just another week,” said Korda. “I would just say that foreign golf courses suit me more and maybe jet lag plays some type of positive in that.”

KANG LOOKING FOR BIRTHDAY MAGIC

In 2018, Danielle Kang celebrated her 26th birthday in style, turning one year older on Saturday, Oct. 20, and capturing the Buick LPGA Shanghai win on Sunday, Oct. 21. Fast forward a year and she could ring in her 27th year in the same fashion. She sits one stroke off the lead heading into the final round, which this year sits on her birthday.

“Game plan is to stay aggressive with the way I map out the golf course,” said Kang, who came back from a one-stroke deficit in 2018, her same trailing margin in 2019. “Yes, it is my birthday. I’m very excited. Honestly, tomorrow my mom and I are going The Bund (a scenic waterfront area in Shanghai) and I’m excited about that because I haven’t been still. I don’t know, really don’t have a game plan except that. For my birthday plans, that’s about it. For golf, just got to keep trusting my golf shots and my read.”

WITH AN WIN

Jessica Korda would earn her sixth LPGA Tour victory spanning six countries; she has won in Australia (2012 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open), the Bahamas (2014 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic), the United States (2014 Airbus LPGA Classic presented by JTBC), Malaysia (2015 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia) and Thailand (2018 Honda LPGA Thailand)

Danielle Kang would successfully defend her title from the 2018 Buick LPGA Shanghai and earn her third LPGA victory

Korda or Kang would become the fifth American winner on Tour in 2019, joining Cydney Clanton, Cheyenne Knight, Nelly Korda and Lexi Thompson

Brooke Henderson would earn her 10th career LPGA Tour victory; she is already the winningest Canadian golfer in the history of the LPGA and PGA Tours, one win ahead of Sandra Post, Mike Weir and George Knudson

Henderson would earn her third title of the season, joining the LOTTE Championship and the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, and would win three times in a season for the first time in her career

PLAYER NOTES

Rolex Rankings No. 19 Jessica Korda (68-67-66)

  • She hit 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens, with 28 putts
  • Korda is in her ninth season on the LPGA Tour; she has five career victories, most recently at the 2018 Honda LPGA Thailand
  • This is Korda’s 15th event of the 2019 season; her best finish is a tie for second at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup and she has three other top-10 finishes
  • She is playing in her first Buick LPGA Shanghai

Rolex Rankings No. 16 Danielle Kang (69-67-66)

  • She hit 10 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens, with 27 putts
  • Kang is in her eighth season on the LPGA Tour; she has wins at the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the 2018 Buick LPGA Shanghai
  • This is Kang’s 19th event of the 2019 season; her best finish is a tie for second at the Kia Classic and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, and she has six other top-10 finishes
  • She won the 2018 Buick LPGA Shanghai

Rolex Rankings No. 6 Brooke Henderson (69-64-73)

  • She hit 10 of 14 fairways and nine of 18 greens, with 26 putts
  • Henderson is in her fifth season on the LPGA Tour; she is a nine-time winner on the LPGA Tour and is the winningest Canadian player in LPGA and PGA Tour history
  • This is Henderson’s 24th event of the 2019 season; she won the LOTTE Championship and the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, and has eight other top-10 finishes
  • She tied for 26th at the 2018 Buick LPGA Shanghai

AON RISK REWARD CHALLENGE HOLE

No. 17, par 5

TOURNAMENT SCORING RECORDS

18 holes: 64 (-8), Peiyun Chien, third round, 2018; Brooke Henderson, second round, 2019

36 holes: 133 (-11), Brooke Henderson, 2019

54 holes: 201 (-15), Jessica Korda, 2019

72 holes: 275 (-13), Danielle Kang, 2018

Full house: Marquez holds off Morbidelli and Quartararo for pole at Motegi

Published October 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Full house: Marquez holds off Morbidelli and Quartararo for pole at Motegi

Oct 19. 2019
Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez
By THE NATION

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The 2019 Champion takes his first pole position in the premier class at the venue – the last one on the calendar he’d not yet ruled
There are few things Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has not yet achieved, but one of them was a premier class pole position at the Twin Ring Motegi. After achieving the feat in the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, the number 93 ticks another box and has now been on pole in MotoGP™ at every track on the current calendar. That’s every track he’s raced at in the premier class with one exception: Laguna Seca, as now-Honda test rider Stefan Bradl stole the honours in Marquez’ rookie year of 2013. No one was going to do the same at Motegi this season, although Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and teammate Fabio Quartararo came closest, cutting a huge deficit to less than two tenths to complete the front row.

As expected, Saturday dawned wet at the Twin Ring Motegi and that meant direct entry to Q2 was already set, leaving the likes of Morbidelli and Quartararo to the task of getting in some wet track time in FP3. By the time Q1 came around later in the day, however, the track was dry enough for slicks and the fight was on. In the end, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) headed through, with home hero Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) the man to lose out by just hundredths.

Once Q2 was underway, Marquez set about creating the goalposts and then moving them. On his third lap around the reigning Champion was a second clear of the field before Quartararo just got inside that bracket; initially the only man to do so. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) then managed to get within half a second and Morbidelli within seven tenths, however, the latter making a clear statement of intent before the majority pulled in to the pits.

On their seconds runs, Quartararo came out guns blazing to get within three tenths before Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) took the baton to attack and inched closer, but Marquez seemed unstoppable and about to tick another box in his record book. On his final lap, the number 93 shaved another few hundredths off his laptime too, and ultimately it would prove enough. Morbidelli then shot up to second on his last lap; Quartararo up to third – pushing Viñales back down to P4. That’s three Yamahas in the top four, however.

Cal Crutchlow, meanwhile, moved from Q1 to P5 to make it two Hondas in the top five after a last dash improvement, with Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) completing the second row in sixth and top Ducati. The next Borgo Panigale machine was the Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso in seventh as he heads up Row 3 – with ‘DesmoDovi’ only having qualified worse at Motegi twice before: 2017 and his rookie season in the class. But in 2017, from ninth on the grid, he did go on to win…so all is far from lost. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) lines up alongside his teammate, just 0.017 in arrears.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) pulled off a stunner for Noale factory Aprilia in ninth, and he set exactly the same fastest lap as nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), who found it tougher going than his fellow M1 riders. Rossi is tenth and it’s only the third time on his 20 visits to the track in the premier class he has failed to qualify on the first three rows.

Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was 11th and just 0.042 behind the ‘Doctor’, although the Spaniard did get the better of rookie teammate Joan Mir…by 0.016, the second smallest margin in the top ten. That should make for an interesting battle on Sunday, although the whole grid looks set to assure that – especially as better weather is expect at the Twin Ring Motegi.

Will Quartararo wrap up Rookie of the Year? Can Marquez almost single-handedly make Honda the constructors’ Champions? Or will the likes of Dovizioso, Viñales and Rins blast forward to spoil the party? Find out in the Motul Grand Prix of Japan at the slightly later local time of 15:00 (GMT +9).

Qualifying results:
1 – Marc Marquez (SPA – Honda) 1’45.763
2 – Franco Morbidelli* (ITA – Yamaha) +0.132
3 – Fabio Quartararo* (FRA – Yamaha) +0.181

*Independent Team rider

Morbidelli equalled his best ever premier class qualifying
Quartararo completes the front row
Front row L-R: Morbidelli, Marquez and Quartararo
Marini does a demolition job for pole position at Motegi
Italian over a second clear of Fernandez, Baldassarri and Marquez as Binder suffers a day to forget
Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) secured his first pole position of the season in sensational style after going over a second faster than anyone else in Moto2™ Q2 at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan; untouchable to head the two FlexBox HP 40 machines of Augusto Fernandez and Lorenzo Baldassarri on the front row. Championship leader Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) took fourth, but key challenger Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) had a tough day at the office as he ended up P18.

After a morning of rain, rain and more rain – and a jaw-dropping save from Alex Marquez in FP3 – Friday’s combined timesheets remained the decider in Q2 entry, leaving a few key names with some work to do. By the time qualifying came around, however, the rain itself had at least stopped, although wet tyres remained the name of the game. In Q1 it was Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) who set the pace, the Australian going through alongside Jorge Navarro (Beta Tools Speed Up), Marco Bezzecchi (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) and Somkiat Chantra (Honda Team Asia) to take part in the fight for pole.

In that battle, Marini was an immediate presence to be felt, with compatriot Baldassarri initially within a tenth before Fernandez split the two. Marini soon struck back, however, putting himself half a second clear as the likes of Gardner and Binder pitted for slicks. The Italian’s choice to push on proved right though, with his next lap putting him another four tenths further ahead.

Marquez moved up to take his P4 late on, and he’ll be joined on the second row by Q1 graduates Navarro and Chantra as heading through the first session once again seemed to be no hindrance in the wet. Chantra also took his second best result of the season despite a crash. Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) qualified P7 at a track that’s seen him take two previous wins; the Swiss rider just ahead of Marco Bezzecchi (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) who put in a late personal best lap for his second best qualifying performance of the season despite having encountered an issue with his machine halfway through Q2.

Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Gardner, who didn’t make it round in time to try a flying lap on the slick tyres at the end of the session, completed the top 10. Stefano Manzi (MV Agusta Temporary Forward) gave MV their best grid position of the season in P11, ahead of Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team), Iker Lecuona (monday.com American Racing), Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2).

Home hero Tetsuta Nagashima (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) starts 16th on home turf, and Binder’s even further back in P18 after a tough day for both. Nagashima will want some home glory on hopefully better weather on Sunday, and Binder will itching to move forward as he fights for the Championship. If there’s one thing we’ve seen the South African do before, however, it’s win from the back.

Tune in for the intermediate class showdown at the slightly later time of 13:20 (GMT +9), where Marquez will be pushing to extend his lead, Fernandez will do anything to stop him and Binder faces a serious mountain to climb.

Qualifying results:
1 – Luca Marini (ITA – Kalex) 2’00.985    
2 – Augusto Fernandez (SPA – Kalex) +1.148
3 – Lorenzo Baldassarri (ITA – Kalex) +1.227
Front row L-R: Fernandez, Marini and Baldassarri
Antonelli walks the tightrope to perfection for magnificent Motegi pole
The Italian returns from injury in style to master a rain-drenched Twin Ring Motegi
Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) returns from injury this weekend, and what better way to celebrate than taking pole? In a rain-soaked qualifying for Moto3™, the Italian played the perfect game of risk vs reward to come out on top and take his eighth pole position, all after coming through Q1. He’s joined on the front row by Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0), who took his first podium last time out, with home hero Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) completing the front row.

After a morning of rain, there was no chance of a dry out before Q1 began and for some it almost seemed to prove an advantage being in the first session – chance to test the conditions. Heading through were Lopez quickest and Antonelli second, joined by Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Makar Yurchenko (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race) in the fight for pole.

Once Q2 began, Lopez and Garcia were immediately up at the top again – with both already having been out on track and gained some experience of the conditions. In the end though, it was Antonelli who struck back late, the Italian able to pull out just under a tenth on Lopez and no one else in the same three-tenth postcode. The number 23 couldn’t improve on his final effort, but he’d already done enough to deny Lopez and P2 remains the Spaniard’s best qualifying so far.

Behind Suzuki, who took the first front row for a Japanese rider in the lightweight category at Motegi since Tomoyoshi Koyama in 2007, Yurchenko and Garcia took P4 and P5 respectively, making it all Q1 graduates within the top five as they both put in their best qualifying performances to date. Championship leader Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) had a slightly less bumpy Saturday to take P6 and complete the front row, a couple of places ahead of key rival Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team), who was eighth as veteran campaigner Jakub Kornfeil (Redox PrüstelGP) split the two contenders.

Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46) was ninth, ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) by just 0.027, with John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) only another couple of hundredths off too. Thai GP winner Albert Arenas (Gaviota Angel Nieto Team), Darryn Binder (CIP – Green Power) and Andrea Migno (Mugen Race) completed the fastest fifteen, with home heroes Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia), Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing) and Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) losing out, the latter by way of a crash.

So that’s the grid decided for the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, and it could make for a very interesting Sunday if the weather changes again. Tune in then when Moto3™ go racing at the slightly later time of 12:00 (GMT +9).

Kiradech finishes strong to stay within striking reach

Published October 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Kiradech finishes strong to stay within striking reach

Oct 19. 2019

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat
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Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat birdied three of his closing five holes for a third straight 3-under 69 to move into tied seventh place at the US$9.75 million THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES on Saturday.

After dropping bogeys on 10 and 13 which erased his gains on the third and fourth holes, the burly Kiradech bounced back strongly to finish his round with birdies on the 14th, 15th and 18th holes, missing a putt for eagle on the last.

Kiradech’s three-day total of 9-under 207 left him six shots back of co-leaders Justin Thomas (70) and Danny Lee (68) who are three clear of Australia’s Cameron Smith (68) in Korea’s only PGA TOUR tournament.

“I don’t think I’m rolling the putts well (again) today. I think I’m hitting it incredibly good. Today was the first day I feel I’m playing solid golf again. Two bogeys coming from two three putts and I missed putts inside of 10, 12 feet, maybe on five, six holes. I left a couple shots out there. And three birdies in the last five holes were good,” said Kiradech.

He tallied 32 putts with the flat stick for the second straight day and hopes he can figure out the tricky greens at The Club @ Nine Bridges on Sunday to make a title challenge. “Holing more putts is the key. The way I’m swinging it right now, I’m ready to go out and start hunting again. I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong right now, so I’m just working on what I’m doing right,” said Kiradech, the first Thai to play full time on the PGA TOUR.

Kiradech is unperturbed with the six shot deficit as The Club @ Nine Bridges has yielded low scores in the past, including a 63 during the second round by Thomas.

“It depends on how I start, I think the confidence really needs to get in the game.  I would say if you hit it at the right spot, you’ll have a bunch of birdies but we have to make sure you don’t make a mistake. You can’t hit into the rough here as the greens are quite firm. Hopefully I will roll the ball better tomorrow, I’m not that far off,” said Kiradech.

“Obviously, you’ve seen Justin Thomas shoot 63 in the second round, which is just, I mean, this can happen. Par 5s are reachable, so that makes it possible.”

Countryman Jazz Janewattananond shot a 70 for T61 position on 2-over 218.

Quartararo can’t be stopped at Motegi

Published October 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Quartararo can’t be stopped at Motegi

Oct 19. 2019
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The rookie begins a pivotal weekend on top ahead of Viñales and newly-crowned Champion Marquez

Friday at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan saw Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) unleash his by-now traditional pace to top the combined timesheets, with the Frenchman ahead of the field by 0.321 seconds by the end of FP2 as he begins his bid to wrap up the Rookie of the Year title this weekend.

The next man up was Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), who had the tables turned on him in the afternoon after topping FP1, with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) completing the top three after a classic last dash scramble for most near the end of action.

Dry but grey skies were the name of the game on Day 1 and the program was a full one as rain threatens the rest of the weekend, with places in Q2 seemingly up for grabs already. As a manufacturer, it was Yamaha who were quickest out the blocks, with Viñales leading a 1-2-3 for the Iwata marque in the morning and Quartararo strking late to take over as the first of four Yamahas in the top six after FP2. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was a late mover to take fifth overall on Day 1, ahead of Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) in P6.

So who spoiled the party? Only Marquez in third and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) in fourth were able put paid to Yamaha domination, although that ends up proving a good omen for both the Iwata marque and the two men who were able to join the upper echelons of the timesheets.

Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) was exceedingly close to the top six, however, with the Australian seventh overall by just 0.015. He also suffered a crash on his very final lap of the day, rider ok but bike needing a little T&C overnight. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) was P8 and 0.042 off his fellow Ducati rider, with Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) impressing to end Day 1 as top Suzuki once again – just as he did in Thailand. He was 0.022 off Petrucci despite a run off at Turn 5.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) is the final man who stands to take an automatic place in Q2 if the expected weather closes in, with the Spaniard pushing out some high-profile hopefuls: Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was P11 by just 0.009, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) was 12th and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) 13th. Both Rins and Crutchlow were on the podium last year behind winner Marquez, although in reverse order.

Rookie Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing) was 14th on Day 1 and just ahead of Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu), who locked out the fastest 15. The home hero is scheduled to undergo surgery after Motegi and miss the final three races of the season, so a solid finish will be in his sights.

Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) had a fast one at Turn 12 on Friday, but the Portuguese rider was given the all clear and will be back out on Saturday. He was 19th on Day 1.

That’s it from an interesting opening day at Motegi, as Quartararo’s Thursday assertion stands true: he doesn’t seem to pay much heed as to whether it’s meant to be a Honda or Yamaha track. But then, neither did the rest of the Iwata marque machines…can they keep that form on Saturday? Will Marquez blast back to take pole at the last venue he has yet to reign in the premier class? Or…will the weather steal the headlines? Find out who’s heading through to Q2 at 10:50 local time (GMT+9) as FP3 begins slightly later than normal, before qualifying from 15:05 to decide the grid for the Motul Grand Prix of Japan.

Friday’s fastest:1 – Fabio Quartararo* (FRA – Yamaha) 1’44.764

2 – Maverick Viñales (SPA – Yamaha) +0.321

3 – Marc Marquez (SPA – Honda) +0.336

4 – Andrea Dovizioso (ITA – Ducati) +0.650

5 – Valentino Rossi (ITA – Yamaha) +0.702

*Independent Team rider

Viñales lost out to Quartararo but was quick once againNewly-crowned Champion Marquez rounded out the top threeMarquez holds off two KTMs on Day 1The Championship leader keeps Binder and Martin at bay on FridayChampionship leader Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) was the man to beat on Day 1 at Motegi, topping the combined timesheets by nearly two tenths ahead of key rival Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo). Binder’s teammate, Jorge Martin, completed the top three as the rookie continued his impressive form from Thailand.

Friday was a dry one despite rain seemingly on the horizon for Saturday, and the stakes were high throughout the classes as the grids rushed to try and take provisional spots in Q2. Marquez did that, and the Spaniard’s 0.181 in his pocket is a good early omen for him taking his fourth win at the track on Sunday. Binder, however, continues his charge towards the front as top scorer over the last eight races and the South African was fastest in FP1, second in FP2. He’s 44 points adrift in the Championship but off to a top start, as was teammate Martin as the two also spent some time running together on track.

Fourth place, meanwhile, went to runaway Thai GP winner Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) and he was only 0.020 off the top three, with Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) for even closer company in fifth as the Brit was just 0.008 in arrears by the end of the day. The tiny gaps continued throughout the entirety of the top twenty, with only Marquez over a tenth clear of his closest rival.

Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) impressed in P6 ahead of another impressive Italian as Stefano Manzi (MV Agusta Temporary Forward) took seventh, giving MV their best position on the timesheets. Manzi also suffered quite a wobble as he ran wide and later crashed, but wasn’t deposed from the top ten. Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) was eighth quickest at a venue that’s he’s reigned in the past, and the Swiss rider was another to suffer a bit of a moment.

Tetsuta Nagashima (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) did the home fans proud on Friday and was second in FP1 and ninth overall despite not improving his laptime, ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri (Flexbox HP 40) and Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP).

Looking for a familiar name in the top ten or so? The man second in the standings, Augusto Fernandez (Flexbox HP 40), had a more muted Friday at Motegi and took 12th, although he is amongst the provisional Q2 graduates should Saturday welcome rain. Iker Lecuona (monday.com American Racing) was P13 despite a moment, ahead of Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team).

Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) missed out despite some pace in FP1 as the Australian crashed twice on Friday, and both Beta Tools Speed Up teammate Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio also surprisingly stand to miss out on Q2 graduation, with ‘Diggia’ in P15 and Navarro in P19.

Will Marquez keep his reign if it rains? Will Binder reel him in? Or will Saturday see another change at the top? Moto2™ FP3 begins at 9:55 local time (GMT+9), before qualifying from  the earlier time of 13:30.

Friday’s fastest:1 – Alex Marquez (SPA – Kalex) 1’50.647

2 – Brad Binder (RSA – KTM) +0.181

3 – Jorge Martin (SPA – KTM) +0.254

4 – Luca Marini (ITA – Kalex) +0.274

5 – Sam Lowes (GBR – Kalex) +0.282

Migno makes it three Fridays on top with P1 at MotegiThree is a magic number for the Italian as he reigns his third Friday in a row, this time ahead of Ramirez and McPheeAndrea Migno (Mugen Race) is making a habit of going fastest on Friday of late and the Italian did it again in the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, ending Day 1 on top of the combined timesheets ahead of Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing) and John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing). With weather warnings that look set to affect the Twin Ring Motegi on Saturday, that top three could be the trio heading the troops into Q2, too.

Friday was a cloudy grey day but the rain stayed away and it began with title rivals Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) and Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) taking a 1-2 in FP1, despite some drama courtesy of Championship leader Dalla Porta. The Italian first shot a full second clear of the field before then losing control and suffering his first crash of the day near the end of the session, only narrowly avoided by teammate Ramirez.

No harm done, the battle rolled on but it wasn’t the two men top of the standings that would ultimately reign the day. Everyone went on to improve bar VNE Snipers’ Tony Arbolino and Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Sergio Garcia, with Migno snatching P1 late in the action to complete his Friday three-of-a-kind. Ramirez took second as top Honda at their home track, and McPhee had a top start to the weekend as he aims to home in on P3 overall by the end of the year.

In the final shuffle – as is customary when the rain could be on the way – it was red sectors everywhere and Jakub Kornfeil (Redox PrüstelGP) took fourth, although the Czech veteran set exactly the same personal best lap as the man just behind him, Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3).

Rookie Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46) acquitted himself well – although he is on his second visit to Motegi despite rookie status – and he took sixth overall as one of the biggest improvers in FP2, just half a tenth off the Kornfeil/Rodrigo best efforts ahead of him. Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) was seventh by the end of play and the fastest home hero, but just a single thousandth behind Vietti.

Darryn Binder (CIP – Green Power) put in an impressive Friday to take P8 ahead of Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia), with Buriram winner Albert Arenas (Gaviota Angel Nieto Team) completing the top ten as he edged out Dalla Porta by just 0.003.

Speaking of Dalla Porta, the Championship leader was again just ahead of key rival Canet in FP2, but the two are only 11th and 12th on the timesheets and the Leopard Racing rider again took a tumble at Turn 5 in the afternoon. They were both victim to late improvers but will be happy to at least have provisional places in Q2 wrapped up, where they’ll be joined by home heroes Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) in P13 and Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing) in P14.

One key name gone AWOL from that list is Tony Arbolino, who was P22 on Day 1 and that after struggling with an arm issue in Thailand. Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) made his return from injury in 19th, one place ahead of Jaume Masia (Mugen Race) doing the same, whereas Romano Fenati’s (VNE Snipers) comeback put him in P26.

Filip Salač (Redox PrüstelGP) suffered a big highside on Friday and is to be reviewed before FP3, and the Czech rider also ran afoul of the Stewards in FP1 and was given a pit lane start for riding slowly.

See who can improve – and where the lightweight class will end up on the grid – on Saturday at the Twin Ring Motegi, with FP3 at 9:00 (GMT +9) before qualifying from 12:35…and a weather forecast that could shuffle everything all over again.

Friday’s fastest:1 – Andrea Migno (ITA – KTM) 1’56.742

2 – Marcos Ramirez  (SPA – Honda) +0.097

3 – John McPhee (GBR – Honda) +0.135

4 – Jakub Kornfeil (CZE – KTM) +0.295

5 – Gabriel Rodrigo (ARG – Honda) +0.295

Thai driver Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik raring to compete in Buriram

Published October 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Thai driver Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik raring to compete in Buriram

Oct 19. 2019
Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik

Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik
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The final event in the 2019 the Thailand Super Series will return to the Chang International Circuit in Buriram on October 25-27 and will see Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik driving the new Audi R8 GT3 Evo for the first time on this circuit. The racer previously used the Audi R8 GT3 Ultra in Round 2 of the series.

Sandy, who will once again be sharing the cockpit with teammate Martin Rump for the final round, says the pair should perform well at the circuit, pointing out that they have a lot of experience here in other series.

“Although it’ll be our first time using our new 2019 Spec Audi R8 GT3 Evo at this track, we are confident that we have the formula to be successful. Martin brings with him many years of experience on this circuit with this car, so together we should able to finely tune the car for whatever conditions we may face,” he says.

Before heading to Buriram, Sandy and the B-Quik Racing Team will perform a shakedown of the car to make sure that everything is working properly. After a successful round in Bang Saen, the Thai driver is keen to get back into the car.

“Bang Saen feels like it happened ages ago, but I’ve been keeping fit and ready for this last round. I’m looking forward to driving at Buriram again and it’ll be interesting to see our pace compared to our competitors now that we have the new Audi R8 GT3 Evo. We’re also still in the hunt for the Teams’ and Drivers’ championships, with many points still up for grabs,” says Sandy.

The culminating round of the Thailand Super Series will be one to watch as there is still plenty to play for in the points standings. Sandy is currently 2nd in the overall standings and will be giving it everything to get onto the top step of the podium in Buriram. The Thai driver is focused and prepared and is eager to continue the strong form from the previous round in Bang Saen.

Sandy is sponsored by The Pizza Company, Thai Airways, Puma Thailand, Thaiwings Travel Agency, Dacon Trading, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Sports Authority of Thailand, and the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand.

“At the maximum”: Motegi set for a showdown

Published October 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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“At the maximum”: Motegi set for a showdown

Oct 18. 2019
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The pre-event Press Conference kicks off the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, with plenty of hotly-tipped competitors

Yang,Hataoka lead in Shanghai

Published October 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Yang,Hataoka lead in Shanghai

Oct 17. 2019
Amy Yang of South Korea looks over a green on the 1st hole during Round 1 of Buick LPGA Shanghai at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club on October 17, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images)

Amy Yang of South Korea looks over a green on the 1st hole during Round 1 of Buick LPGA Shanghai at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club on October 17, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images)
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Amy Yang and Nasa Hataoka returned first-round 67s on Thursday and share the lead after 18 holes at the 2019 Buick LPGA Shanghai. Both players carded six birdies to just one bogey in their rounds, with Yang leading the field by hitting 17 of 18 greens.

 

“I’m happy how I played today,” said Yang, who won February’s Honda LPGA Thailand for her fourth career LPGA victory. “My swing felt very stable out there and hit some lot of solid shots out there and making some good putts, so it’s been a good round.”

Hataoka comes to Shanghai as one of the hottest players in women’s golf. The native of Ibaraki, Japan, has not finished outside the top seven in her last five events across the LPGA and JLPGA Tours, including two JLPGA major wins at the Japan LPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup and the Japan Women’s Open Golf Championship. She visited the LPGA Tour’s victory circle at the 2019 Kia Classic.

Americans Jessica Korda and Angel Yin are tied for third at -4. Defending champion Danielle Kang is one of seven players tied for fifth at -3, while Shanshan Feng opened with a 2-under 70 and sits tied for 12th.

ASIAN SWINGS SUIT YANG WELL

It’s very fair to say that Amy Yang really likes playing in Asia. The 30-year-old from Ilsan, Republic of Korea, has four LPGA victories to her name, all coming while the Tour was visiting Asia. She earned her first victory in her home country at the 2013 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, and she captured the 2013, 2015 and 2019 Honda LPGA Thailand.

She certainly got her quest for a fifth title off to a good start on Thursday, sitting in a share of first after 18 holes with Nasa Hataoka. But the veteran player knows that it’s far too early to be thinking about adding another win to the resume.

“We have 54 more holes to go,” she said with a laugh. “I have been working hard, so I would like to see some good results in this Asia swing.”

ACE FOR ALTOMARE

The par-3 second at Qizhong Garden Golf Club quickly became a favorite hole for Brittany Altomare. Starting from No. 10, Altomare made the turn at 2-over on her round. But on No. 2, Altomare rolled in an ace from 175 yards using a 6-iron, her first hole-in-one in LPGA competition. Her ball hit the front portion of the green and quickly sped right into the center of the hole. She followed with birdies at holes 4 and 5 to finish with a 2-under 70 and is tied for 12th going into the second round.

“I just came off a couple holes that didn’t really go my way and I felt good about the club that I had,” said Altomare, who said it was her seventh career hole-in-one. “Made a really good swing finally and went right where I wanted to and went in the hole.”

For her efforts, Altomare won a 2019 Buick Lacrosse Avenir. Her ace was the 26th of the LPGA Tour season, with every ace coming from a different player.

KORDA FINDING HER GAME AFTER EXTENDED BREAK

The Buick LPGA Shanghai marks Jessica Korda’s first competition since she went 3-0-1 for Team USA at the Solheim Cup in September. With the extended break behind her, an opening-round 68 brought a smile to the tall American’s face – the hard re-entry into competition was over.

“A little rusty with a couple shots. I’m going to go to the driving range and try to figure that out a little bit,” said Korda of her performance. “But, yeah, I was really proud of myself today. Speed of the greens was changing a lot. Definitely got a lot faster at the end, but I was able to keep it together.”

PLAYER NOTES

Rolex Rankings No. 20 Amy Yang (67)

  • She hit 12 of 14 fairways and 17 of 18 greens, with 30 putts
  • Yang is in her 12th season on the LPGA Tour; she has four career victories, all coming in Asia at the 2013 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship and the 2013, 2017 and 2019 Honda LPGA Thailand
  • This is Yang’s 20th event of the 2019 LPGA Tour season; she won the Honda LPGA Thailand and has four other top-10 finishes
  • She tied for 34th at the 2018 Buick LPGA Shanghai

Rolex Rankings No. 4 Nasa Hataoka (67)

  • She hit 13 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens, with 26 putts
  • Hataoka is in her third season on the LPGA Tour; she has three career victories, most recently at the 2019 Kia Classic
  • This is Hataoka’s 18th event of the 2019 LPGA Tour season; she won the Kia Classic and has four other top-10 finishes
  • She is playing in her first Buick LPGA Shanghai

AON RISK REWARD CHALLENGE HOLE

No. 17, par 5

TOURNAMENT SCORING RECORDS

18 holes: 62 (-8), Peiyun Chien, third round, 2018

36 holes: 134 (-10), Sei Young Kim, 2018

54 holes: 205 (-11), Carlota Ciganda, Sei Young Kim, 2018

72 holes: 275 (-13), Danielle Kang, 2018

Kiradech enjoys solid start at CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges

Published October 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Kiradech enjoys solid start at CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges

Oct 17. 2019
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Jeju islannd –  Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat shot a solid 3-under 69 for T15 in the first round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES to lie five shots off the pace on Thursday.

The 30-year-old, making his first start of the 2019-20 PGA TOUR Season, started his round strongly with four successive birdies from the 11th to 14th holes before trading three bogeys against two more birdies in the US$9.75 million tournament which is Korea’s only PGA TOUR event.

Countryman Jazz Janewattananond was five-over through 11 holes before fighting back with four birdies to sign for a 74 and ended the day in T62.

Kiradech was satisfied with his start. “There’s a lot of good thing in there, a lot of good shots. Just missed a couple of putts overall. I had one poor shot all day. Three under to start, I’ll accept it with the way my body is. I mean, it’s quite tiring. Hopefully I can stay strong enough to play well for four days,” said Kiradech, who is the only Thai to hold a full PGA TOUR card.

Korea’s Byeong Hun An fired a superb bogey-free 64 to snatch the first round lead, with Chile’s rising star Joaquinn Niemann trailing in second place following a 65, highlighted by seven birdies. Australia’s Jason Day carded a 66 for third.

The burly Thai is competing despite carrying a lingering right knee injury and he hopes it will hold up as he attempts to sustain his good start. “I’m good to go on almost every shot I hit. I start in the right position and need to maintain my position because of the injury. I’m just trying to play with it, manage it,” he said.

The 23-year-old Jazz, who earned his place in the elite 78-man field by being the current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader, dropped two triple bogeys on the sixth and 11th holes but salvaged his card with five birdies.

“Didn’t start off good … all pars and then that triple caught me. And then another one on 11. I think it’s the first time ever I have two triples in one round. Other than that, everything else was all right. Just got a bit unlucky and didn’t go the way I wanted it,” said Jazz, who has won twice on the Asian Tour this season.

“This is not the right tournament to make two triples in the first day. I’m going to hang on, I’m not going to give up, but I’m just saying like I never had a round like this before in my life. A couple of the holes don’t suit my eye, but I think I’ll fix it tomorrow and see if I can climb back up the leaderboard. I know I can make birdies on this course,” added the young Thai.

Thai duo Kiradech and Jazz ready to challenge at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES

Published October 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Thai duo Kiradech and Jazz ready to challenge at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES

Oct 17. 2019
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Jeju island – Thai stars Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Jazz Janewattananond are fired up ahead of the US$9.75 million THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES starting on Thursday after enjoying tune-ups with renowned swing coach Pete Cowen.

 Kiradech will make his first start of the new 2019-20 PGA TOUR Season after successfully retaining his TOUR card by finishing in 83rd position on the FedExCup points list. While he is still nursing a knee injury, the big-hitting Thai is optimistic of a strong showing in what is the first of three lucrative PGA TOUR tournaments in Asia this month.

 “I’m getting healthier, lost some weight and feel stronger. I’ve been working like a proper athlete but I still have a lot to work to do. My right knee is slowly recovering and hopefully it can get better,” said Kiradech today.

 Since taking a tumble at the Masters Tournament in April, Kiradech has struggled with a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee. He started working with physiotherapist Anthony Gheogegan, who worked with Olympic athletes such as Usain Bolt previously, and believes it has helped bring some relief.

 “I spent three days with him and he’s the first guy who has managed to help improve my knee which is amazing. It’s a combination of chiropractor and physio work and soft tissue treatment. But it has relieved the pain in my knee,” said Kiradech.

“My game feels much better, spent some good sessions with Pete over the last two days and if I can stay strong till Sunday, you might see a few good things. We’re working on some  things to make sure I keep things right.”

 The burly 30-year-old believes he can make a bigger impact in his second season on the PGA TOUR. “I’m getting used to the TOUR, players and golf courses, feels more like home now,” said Kiradech, a former Asian Tour No. 1.

 Jazz, 23, is featuring in this week’s elite 78-man field by virtue of being the current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader and the reigning Korean Open champion intends to use the next three PGA TOUR tournaments which he is exempted as well to test his game against the best golfers in the world.

 This week’s CJ CUP features World No. 1 Brooks Koepka, who is also the defending champion, 2017 FedExCup winner Justin Thomas, the inaugural winner here, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, reigning U.S. Open winner Gary Woodland and Sergio Garcia.

 “It’s a demanding golf course, a ball-striker’s course and you need to putt well. It’ll test every aspect of your game. As you’ll expect, it’s a PGA TOUR event and you’ve got the best players here who play on the biggest tour in the world. I’m happy I have a chance to be here and to compete against them,” said Jazz.

 Two recent top-5 finishes on the Japan Golf Tour, which helped seal his place next week’s inaugural ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP in Japan, have given Jazz a boost in his attempt to challenge for the title in Korea.

 “A month ago, I was struggling a bit, couldn’t get the ball rolling but I found my way back again and had some top-5s, so I hope to see if the trend keeps that way,” he said.

 “It’s a good opportunity, to get into these next three events, it’s a dream. At the start of the year, every player wants to have these as the goal. I said I wanted to get into CJ, ZOZO and HSBC (WGC-HSBC Champions in China) and it’s worked out.”

 He aspires to join Kiradech on the PGA TOUR but is prepared to bid his time. “It’s no rush, a step by step process. I’m improving for sure but there’s no such thing that I’ll definitely get there. It will happen only when I get there. I just want to keep improving and the next three weeks will give me the chance to see where I am out here. It’s great that I could work with Pete this week as I didn’t know he would be here. He can always give me  the direction that I need to take in my game.”

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