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Thongchai Jaidee

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (46) / 11/8/1969
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 139

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Thongchai Jaidee will fly the flag for Thailand in this week's Olympic Men's Golf Competition in Rio de Janeiro.
The veteran once dreamt of representing the Thai football team at the Olympics before suffering a foot injury but now gets his chance with a much smaller ball with golf returning to the Games for the first time since 1904. He's a multiple winner in Asia and landed an eighth European Tour victory when landing the prestigious Open de France last month. He followed that with T22 in the Open Championship and also played all four rounds at the PGA Championship (T73). He's generally struggled when trying his luck in America but everyone is seeing this week's course for the first time so he'll perhaps feel it's more of a level playing field. Aug 8 - 6:28 AM

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Thongchai Jaidee won the prestigious Open de France earlier this month but will now try and find the right formula for success in the PGA Championship.

The veteran Thai now has eight European Tour titles to his name but after 29 starts in the majors he still hasn't managed a single top 10. It's a record that's hard to comprehend. His sole top 20 was T13 in the 2009 Open while, at the PGA, he's missed seven of nine cuts and never bettered T36. Gamers need to decide whether he's due or simply a lost cause at this level. Jaidee plays alongside American Jim Herman and Belgian Thomas Pieters over the first two rounds at Baltusrol. They set off from the 10th tee at 1:35pm ET on Thursday.
Jul 26 - 11:20 AM

Thongchai Jaidee clinched the 8th European Tour victory of his career with a magnificent 3-under-par 34-34=68 final round that never once looked like ceding his grip on the 100th Open de France at Le Golf National.

The Thai golfer began the day with a 2-shot lead over the field and he extended it by 1 with minimum fuss over the first 10 holes, making birdie at 3 and 6, at which point a composed performance was granted a little leeway. First his nearest opponent, Martin Kaymer, made bogey and within seconds Jaidee converted an 8’0" birdie putt to stretch the lead to 5. Another red number at 15 took it to 6 before he closed out with a bogey on the 72nd hole to complete the win on 11-under 273, with Francesco Molinari in second. It was a dominant display from the 46-year-old who shows no sign of ageing. Prior to the final hole blue he went 39 holes without dropping a shot and was 9-for-10 in scrambling at the weekend. "I like this golf course," he said afterwards. "You need a gameplan and I had it this week."
Jul 3 - 12:27 PM

Thongchai Jaidee will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Open de France after crafting a faultless 3-under-par 34-34=68 on day three at Le Golf National.

One of five co-leaders at the midpoint, the veteran Thai opened with five pars before making his move by sinking a 55-footer for birdie at 6. He added circles at 7 and 11 and parred his way home to finish at 8-under 205, two in front of Rory McIlroy and Korean Jeunghun Wang. Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger is a further stroke back in fourth. Jaidee piped 12 (of 14) fairways today and had perfect 4-for-4 scrambling stats after hitting 14 greens in regulation. The 46-year-old, a runner-up in this event two years ago, will be seeking an eighth European Tour win tomorrow.
Jul 2 - 1:01 PM

A putting masterclass saw Thongchai Jaidee grab a share of the lead in the 100th Open de France after a second round of 1-under-par 35-35=70.

The Thai veteran was runner-up at this event in 2014, then T10 12 months ago and is primed to contend yet again at the weekend. At 5-under 137, he's part of a five-way tie with Rory McIlroy, Mikko Ilonen, Brandon Stone and Jeunghun Wang. His first move of the day, having started on the 10th, was backwards, with bogey on 13, but he added red at 18 to turn in level par. He made 2 birdies and 2 bogeys on his return journey home. He hit just 10 greens in regulation and was a mere 4-for-8 in scrambling for par, but he needed just 26 swishes of the blade.
Jul 1 - 8:30 AM

Thongchai Jaidee ended round one of the Open de France in a tie for second place after hoisting up a 4-under-par 33-34=67 at Le Golf National on Thursday.

Playing in the afternoon wave, the Thai started like a train with two birdies and an eagle-3 at No. 3 in his first six holes. At that stage it appeared he might top the leaderboard come close of play but the veteran completed the rest of his loop in even par after mixing circles at 10 and 13 with squares at 7 and 12. Five closing pars left him a shot behind leader Lucas Bjerregaard. From the tee, Jaidee found the short grass 8 times out of 14 and hit 14 greens in regulation. He was 2-for-2 in sand saves and swished the short-stick 28 times.
Jun 30 - 3:17 PM

Thongchai Jaidee will hope to maintain his good event form at the 100th Open de France in Paris.

The Thai golfer's history at Le Golf National is all a little bit boom or bust. Four visits have led to early trips to home; but on the other hand 6 times he has made the weekend and prospered, never once finishing worse than T36 if he plays 72 holes. Moreover, the longer he plays the course, the better he seems to like it: T7 at halfway in 2011 (finished T26), T15 in 2012, T2 in 2014 and T10 12 months ago. Although 7-for-9 this season on the European Tour he hasn't had a top 10 since his first start of the campaign in South Africa. That, however, was the lucrative Nedbank Challenge so he's 48th in the Race to Dubai.
Jun 28 - 3:00 PM

Two-time World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play runner-up Paul Casey started his 2016 campaign in poor style, being trumped 2 & 1 by Thongchai Jaidee.

Englishman Casey boasts not only a fine history in this event, but a 30-20-2 career match play record and owns the 2006 HSBC World Match Play Championship. But this form of the game is fickle and despite leading the Thai player 1 up through 5, Casey never had another sniff. He ceded the 6th hole to a birdie-4 and the rot really set in on the back nine. Jaidee made bogey on No. 10; Casey made double bogey. Jaidee then converted birdies on 3 of the next 4 holes, 2 of them earning him holes to take a 3 up lead down the 16th. He couldn't make birdie-4 there, Casey could, so the match went down No. 17. Jaidee made a safe par-3, Casey failed to make birdie and they shook hands. The Thai golfer was 1-6 in match play form ahead of this week, tomorrow he will take on Jason Day (the latter's bad back permitting). Casey plays Graeme McDowell.
Mar 23 - 3:33 PM

Thongchai Jaidee looks to have an uphill task after being put alongside Jason Day, Paul Casey and Graeme McDowell in Group 2 at the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play in Texas.

The Thai faces not one, not two but three match-play specialists. Day won this event at Dove Mountain in 2014, while the other two have performed superbly in Ryder Cups and have also won match-play tournaments on the European Tour. That said, Jaidee is vastly experienced in this format and reached the quarter-finals of this event on debut in 2010. He's won just one of five matches since but taking into account EurAsia Cup, Presidents Cup, Volvo World Match Play and Royal Trophy singles matches, he's 13-10-3 overall so has a winning record. He shouldn't necessarily be written off as the makeweight in this group.
Mar 23 - 4:41 AM

Thai veteran Thongchai Jaidee crafted a 2-under-par 36-33=69 for 7-under 135 at the the halfway stage of the Maybank Championship Malaysia.

A 28-time visitor to the country, the Thai has bagged two victories and hit the top ten 40% of the time. With rounds of 66 and 69 he's on course to improve that average. Perfect in scrambling on Thursday (5-for-5) he was again tested in that department Friday and was almost as good, going 5-for-6. The only failure came on 18, his 9th hole of the day. Red numbers came at 13, 2 and 5. Despite that healthy top ten hit rate, he's only made it once in his last 9 starts in Malaysia - perhaps this week will mark a return to historical trends.
Feb 19 - 3:20 AM

Thongchai Jaidee lies in a tie for eighth place after day one of the Maybank Championship Malaysia thanks to a bogey-free 33-33=66 on Thursday.

On a cosmopolitan first page of the leaderboard, it's no surprise that multiple winner Jaidee is flying the flag for Asia. The veteran Thai, who has seven European Tour victories and 13 on the Asian Tour, picked off birdies at 10, 12 and 17 on his opening nine and added another pair at 3 and 9 coming home. That puts him just two swings behind leader Nathan Holman of Australia. Jaidee kept his card clean with 5-for-5 scrambling stats after not having his best stuff from tee to green. He hit only 6 (of 14) fairways so will hope to drive it straighter in his second lap of Royal Selangor on Friday morning.
Feb 18 - 6:43 AM

Thongchai Jaidee cruised to a 5-under-par 32-35=67 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship for a 54-hole 8-under total of 208 that set the clubhouse target on a disrupted third day.

The veteran from Thailand was on fire from the get-go making birdies on the first four holes. A bogey on 5 halted his progress, but he then added par-breakers on 8, 12 and 14 to smash his way through the field. A late bogey on 17 left him T11, but atop the players who had completed 54 holes. He has six top 15 finishes at Abu Dhabi GC from just nine visits, and is eyeing up the chance to better his best finish, a T9 two years ago.
Jan 23 - 9:16 AM

Thongchai Jaidee authored a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in round two of the DP World Tour Championship and is 8-under 136 at the midpoint.

Here we ago again. The veteran Thai was the 54-hole leader in the BMW Masters last week before missing the playoff by a shot and he's in contention again at the Earth course following another fine display. With birdies at six of his opening 14 holes, Jaidee held the lead on his own at 9-under but, as in his opening 69, he stalled at the finish and played the final four holes in 1-over. Right now, he's just a shot behind clubhouse leader Patrick Reed and is T4 on the live leaderboard.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 06:19:00 AM

Third-round leader Thongchai Jaidee had to settle for T3 in the BMW Masters in China after posting a 1-under-par 37-34=71 in Sunday's final round.

Despite birdies at 15 and 17 reigniting his challenge after a poor start, the Thai's 16-under 272 was one short of the playoff number. He shared T3 with Henrik Stenson, Lucas Bjerregaard and Byeong-Hun An. Jaidee had to wait until the 10th hole for his first birdie of the day and by that stage his one-shot overnight lead at evaporated. A bogey at 14 to go with his dropped shot at 4 appeared to signal the end but credit to the veteran for his late rally despite it failing to get him into the playoff won by Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg. Jaidee split 10 (of 14) fairways, hit 13 greens in regulation and was 3-for-5 in scrambling at Lake Malaren on Sunday.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 04:07:00 AM

With a third-round 6-under-par 31-35=66 in Saturday's third round, Thongchai Jaidee surged into the lead at the BMW Masters in Shanghai, China.

The veteran Thai posted seven birdies in his afternoon lap of Lake Malaren to arrive at 15-under 201. He leads by a shot from Byeong-Hun An, Sergio Garcia and halfway leader Lucas Bjerregaard while it's a further stroke back to Kristoffer Broberg, who posted an 8-under 64. Henrik Stenson heads a five-man group three shots back on 12-under which includes Patrick Reed, Ross Fisher, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter. Jaidee was fast out of the traps on Saturday with five birdies on his opening nine. That set included conversions from five feet at 4 and inside a foot at 6 after superb tee shots to the two front-nine par 3s. The seven-time European Tour winner made further gains at 12 and 14 before swallowing his only bogey of the day at 18. "I think my game plan this week is good. I've hit irons well, I'm working on putting and that's what gave me very good confidence for today," said Jaidee, who split 12 (of 14) fairways, hit 14 greens in regulation and was 3-for-4 in scrambling.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 03:26:00 AM