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Thongchai Jaidee |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (45) / 11/8/1969
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 139
College: Thailand

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Thongchai Jaidee stays on the road for this week's Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre in the Swiss Alps.
This is the Thai veteran's sixth straight tournament and he hasn't missed a start since failing to make the cut in the U.S. Open. He's 4-for-4 since Chambers Bay but, after T11 at the BMW International Open in Germany and T10 at the Open de France, he's had to settle for T31 in the Scottish Open and T65 in the 144th Open Championship. More is expected of Jaidee this week, though, as he's 6-for-6 at Crans. He closed with a 65 to post T9 on his most recent visit in 2013 and took solo fifth in 2009. Jul 21 - 6:34 AM

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Thongchai Jaidee was runner-up in last year's Alstom Open de France and returns to Le Golf National this week for another crack.

In tough conditions, the Thai fired 70-69-69-72 to finish in a tie for second with Kevin Stadler 12 months ago, the pair just a single shot behind winner Graeme McDowell. The veteran was also T15 in 2012 and T26 in 2011 so is a proven performer on the undulating par 71. Jaidee sits in 8th spot on the current Race to Dubai rankings after adding to four top 10s this season (two of them second places) with a T11 in last week's BMW International Open.
Jun 30 - 6:14 PM

Thongchai Jaidee posted a 5-under-par 32-25=67 in the second round of the BMW International Open to reach 9-under 135 at the midpoint.

That's just three swings behind leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello and puts him in solo fifth spot heading into the weekend at Golfclub München Eichenried. The Thai started with three pars but made his move with a birdie blitz from the fourth to the 11th. He picked up six shots in that run to hit 10-under and had designs on the lead before cooling off down the stretch with six pars and a bogey at 17. A sharp short game is fuelling his title bid. The 45-year-old split only 7 (of 14) fairways and hit just 12 greens in regulation today but went 5-for-6 in scrambling and needed only 25 putts.
Jun 26 - 1:57 PM

Last year's winner Thongchai Jaidee had to settle for a 1-over-par 34-39=73 in the first round of the Nordea Masters and is already six off the lead.

Despite an opening bogey, it looked as if the Thai was set for another enjoyable day on The Lakes Course at PGA Sweden National when he rebounded with an eagle-3 at 11. A birdie at 18, his ninth, elevated Jaidee to 2-under but he had to scribble down five 5s on his card coming home and dropped over par. There were no problems off the tee as he split 11 (of 14) fairways but the six-time European Tour winner hit just 10 greens in regulation and was only 4-for-8 in scrambling. He has work to do tomorrow.
Jun 4 - 9:50 AM

Thongchai Jaidee won the 2014 Nordea Masters at PGA Sweden National and will bid to win the title there again this year.

The Thai lifted the trophy after carding a closing 65 and then beating Stephen Gallacher and Victor Dubuisson in a playoff via a birdie at the first extra hole. On his return to the course this week, he told europeantour.com, "I have a lot of friends here in Sweden. My sponsors are here -- they are Swedish and own Black Mountain Golf Club in Thailand -- so it’s nice to see them and catch up with many people I know." As well as that extra angle and liking for the course, the 45-year-old also brings plenty of current form to the table. The Thai was runner-up in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and slotted in at T10 in the Irish Open after twin 70s on the weekend in tough conditions at Royal County Down.
Jun 2 - 5:26 PM

Thongchai Jaidee authored a 4-under-par 32-36=68 to reach 12-under 204 at the BMW PGA Championship, good enough for solo third place after three rounds.

The Thai, who moved into contention with a Friday 66, kept his forward momentum with a flying start on Saturday. He circled birdies at the opening two holes, made par at the difficult third and posted an eagle-3 at the par-5 fourth. Jaidee quietened after that with two bogeys against a single gain at 12 but added a walk-off birdie to finish the day just two behind joint leaders Francesco Molinari and Byeong-Hun An.
May 23 - 12:26 PM

Thongchai Jaidee compiled a 6-under-par 32-34=66 to reach 8-under 136 at the midpoint of the BMW PGA Championship at at Wentworth.

That's the best afternoon score so far and puts the Thai just two shots behind leader Francesco Molinari. Jaidee has made his last eight cuts in this event but cracked the top 10 just once. Today's 66 was his lowest round in 48 laps of the West Course and contained six birdies and 12 pars. He circled red at 4, 5, 8, 13, 16 and 17 and kept a bogey off his card with 6-for-6 scrambling. The veteran split 11 (of 14) fairways and needed just 24 putts.
May 22 - 12:18 PM

Thongchai Jaidee will look to make a ninth straight cut at the BMW PGA Championship in England this week.

The Thai is 11-for-12 over the West Course at Wentworth, the only blemish coming in 2006. That said, his appeal to gamers is slightly limited by a lack of big finishes. His only top 10 was a T8 in 2007 and he's cracked the top 20 just once since. Jaidee has suffered his usual struggles on the PGA Tour in recent months (didn't cash at Hilton Head or Sawgrass) so will enjoy a return to Europe.
May 20 - 7:54 AM

With a 3-and-1 victory over Jim Furyk in the second round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship, Thongchai Jaidee evened his record for the week at 1-1.

Furyk was never in this. It was the first match out on TPC Harding Park today and Jaidee cruised. The Thai opened birdie-birdie to stake a 2-up lead. With a par at the par-3 third and a concession at No. 4, he was 4-up. It grew to 5-up twice before Furyk finally found a gear that worked. Birdies at 11, 15 and 16 helped defend a bogey-loss at 14, but Jaidee was 4-up with four to play. So, that Furyk extended until walking off with a bogey at the par-3 17th was mildly impressive. He's also 1-1 and will face Martin Kaymer in Friday's third round. Jaidee will take aim at George Coetzee.
Apr 30 - 4:23 PM

Thongchai Jaidee will make a fourth appearance in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship this week.

The Thai was drawn against Jim Furyk, Martin Kaymer and George Coetzee in Group 5 and his first reaction was probably relief at avoiding match-play king Ian Poulter. Jaidee made the quarter-finals of this event on his debut in 2010 but was eliminated by the Englishman and Poulter also took him down in the final of the 2013 Volvo World Match Play in Bulgaria. Jaidee has an overall singles record in all match-play of 12-7-2 while he's 3-3 here after first-round exits in 2013 and 2014. He's made little impression in recent PGA TOUR events and also struggled at TPC Harding Park in 2005 when finishing T60 at the WGC-American Express Championship.
Apr 28 - 4:16 AM

Thongchai Jaidee finally made it through to the weekend in last year's Masters so will reset his goals in 2015.

The Thai finished a creditable T37 in 2014 but with round scores of 73-74-75-73 he's still yet to shoot par or better at Augusta National. In two previous visits, he withdrew after an opening 74 in 2010 and missed the cut after carding 78-75 on debut in 2006. To be honest, the Thai finds majors a struggle. He's managed just one top 25 in 23 attempts and that was back in the 2009 Open Championship. He was a runner-up on home soil in the Thailand Classic two starts ago but shot 17-over to finish 69th of 74 in the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Florida last month.
Source: Masters.com
Apr 6 - 12:23 PM

Thongchai Jaidee's birdie putt to force a playoff hung on the lip, forcing the local hero to settle for tied second place in the True Thailand Classic.

It was a strong case of what might have been for the Thai after his 1-under-par 71 left him on 15-under 273 -- one shot short of winner Andrew Dodt. He'll reflect tonight and, perhaps for a long time ahead, on the double bogey-7 at 13, the bogey at 16 and the three-putt at the par-5 18th which ended with his 10-footer to tie missing by an inch. There was some good stuff in there too -- a birdie at the first and further par breakers at 12, 14 and 15 but this was one that got away. That said, hitting just 10 greens in regulation (compared to 17 on each of the previous two days) denied him further birdie chances even though he did go 7-for-8 in scrambling.
Feb 15 - 5:59 AM

Local star Thongchai Jaidee is giving the crowds plenty to cheer after another strong performance on day two of the True Thailand Classic.

Jaidee posted a 6-under-par 32-34=66 in Friday's second round to reach 9-under 135 and that's just two shots behind leader Miguel Angel Jiménez. It should really have been better but he missed short birdie putts at the final two holes. Jaidee buried seven birdies in his opening 14 holes while his only bogey came at the par-5 13th. Thailand's best-known golfer has accumulated six wins on the European Tour and 13 in Asia so will surely be a big factor on the weekend.
Feb 13 - 5:27 AM

Thongchai Jaidee will have home support on the European Tour this week as he returns to Hin Hua to contest the True Thailand Classic.

Thailand's best-known golfer will be very much in the spotlight for the co-sanctioned event at Black Mountain and his past exploits at the course bode well. The former paratrooper was T5 in the Asian Tour's 2009 Black Mountain Masters and T7 the following year. He's also finished in the top 10 in four of his last five starts in Thailand. The 45-year-old's current form suggests he's ready to step it up. Jaidee was T20 in Malaysia last week, T35 in Dubai and T23 in Qatar.
Feb 10 - 11:39 AM

Thongchai Jaidee is 11-for-12 at the Commerical Bank Qatar Masters and returns for another crack at Doha Golf Club.

Jaidee has never finished better than T9 (2007 and 2013) but has compiled a strong body of work in this event with seven finishes in the top 25. The Thai's good form at the end of 2014 points to another. He closed the year with a sixth place in his home Thailand Golf Championship and a week earlier was seventh in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa. The veteran finished 22nd on the Race to Dubai standings last year.
Jan 19 - 4:12 PM