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Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond at 2020 US Open in Mamaroneck, New York

Atiwit “Jazz” Janewattananond (อติวิชญ์ “แจ๊ส” เจนวัฒนานนท์), 24, is the sole representative of Thailand in the 2020 United States Open Championship. Including the Thai golfer, 144 players will compete in the 120th edition of the annual open national championship of golf in the U.S.

Janewattananond was born in Bangkok, Thailand on November 26, 1995. He plays on both the Asian and European Tours.

The Thai golfer turned professional in December 2010 and finished tied for 65th in the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open in September 2011, which was his first Japan Golf Tour event. In February 2017, he won the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open, his first career win on the Asian Tour.

In January 2019, Janewattananond won the SMBC Singapore Open, which was co-sanctioned by the Japan Tour and the Asian Tour. He won the Kolon Korea Open in June 2019 and the BNI Indonesian Masters and the Thailand Masters in December 2019.

Thailand has yet to have a U.S. Open champion. The annual golf competition was established in 1895.

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The 2020 U.S. Open will take place at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, USA from September 17–20, 2020. The last time the tournament was held there was in 2006 when Geoff Ogilvy, 43, of Australia won with a score of 5 over par.

Including Thailand and the U.S., 27 countries from six continents are represented. The others are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile,  Colombia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Taiwan.

Due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 144-player field consists entirely of exempt players. Professional golfers Daniel Chopra, 46, of Sweden and Anthony Kang, 47, of South Korea will co-host the golf tournament with former professional cricketer Jason de la Peña, 47, of England live on FOX Sports 2 from September 18-21, 2020.

The U.S. Open champions in the past five years were from the U.S. Jordan Spieth, 27, and Dustin “DJ” Johnson, 36, won in 2015 and 2016, respectively, Brooks Koepka, 30, won in 2017 and in 2018 and Gary Woodland, 36, won in 2019.

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