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Thongchai Jaidee

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (48) / 11/8/1969
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 139

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Thongchai Jaidee will look to build on a solid but unspectacular record in the British Masters this week.
The Thai golfer heads to Close House GC to encounter the Lee Westwood Colt Course near Newcastle-upon-Tyne knowing that he's made the last four cuts in this tournament (he missed it on his only previous start). He's improved his performance every time, quite a remarkable achievement given that he's done it very slightly and that golf leaderboards are so fickle and volatile. He was T34 back in 2004, T33 in 2007, T26 in 2008 and T22 last year at The Grove. He took a break from action after the Open-Bridgestone Invitational-PGA Championship run and has had mixed fortunes. He was T9 in the mountains of Crans at the European Masters, then missed the cut the following week on the flat landscape of the Netherlands in the KLM Open. Sep 26 - 7:31 AM

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Thongchai Jaidee hit the front of the Omega European Masters field with an early 4-under-par 32-34=66 which gave him the clubhouse lead on 9-under 131 at Crans-sur-Sierre GC in Switzerland, one clear of Ryan Fox.

The Thai golfer maintained the veteran theme of the week, passing 53-year-old first round co-leader Miguel Angel Jimenez, to head the leaderboard halfway through the second round. He opened with a bogey at No. 10 (his only dropped shot of the week so far), but burst back with two birdie-3s (at 12 and 18) and an eagle-3 at the 15th on his first nine (the back). His front nine was more sedate, with eight pars and one birdie at the fourth. It is Jaidee’s ninth appearance at Crans and he’s looking to better his best finish of T5 in 2009, one of only two years in which he has ever been ranked top ten at the end of any round.
Sep 8 - 7:07 AM

After shooting 80-73 in the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow on his last competitive start, Thongchai Jaidee found the familiar surroundings of Crans-sur-Sierre much more to this liking as he hung up a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-33=65 in the first round of the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

That's just a single swing behind leaders Miguel Angel Jimenez, Tyrrell Hatton and Scott Hend. Jaidee is a perfect 6-for-6 at the unique mountainside track and today's 65 matched his round one score from 2009 when he went on to post T5, his best finish in the event. The Thai started his afternoon lap with six straight pars before his round took flight with a run of four successive birdies from Nos. 7-10. He found one more red number at 15 and three closing pars left him just one off the pace.
Sep 7 - 1:35 PM

Thongchai Jaidee is down at 67th on the Race to Dubai heading into this week's Omega European Masters in Switzerland but this could be a good chance for the Thai to make a move.

The veteran has finished outside the top 30 on Europe's points race just once in the previous seven seasons but he's managed just a single top 10 in 2017 and that was back in April. After the links tests and big American events brought little reward over the summer he should be glad to get back to the bread-and-butter of the European Tour and he's 6-for-6 at this week's venue, Crans-sur-Sierre. The short, mountainside track suits his game and that perfect record includes T5 in 2009 and T9 in 2013. He also cracked the top 30 last year after a closing 64, his low lap there.
Sep 6 - 12:31 PM

Thongchai Jaidee has played the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational many times, but he’s yet to assert himself on the Akron, Ohio layout.

As he embarks on an eighth start on the South Course at Firestone Country Club, the Thai veteran might be wondering what the heck happened in the last round of his debut. What ask? Because he stroked a superb 5-under-par 65 and in 25 laps of the track he had never before and has never since broken par (70). In fact he averages 72.56. That debut last round helped him finish the week T32 and he’s never come close to that either. It’s his only finish better than T46. Currently on a run of eight starts in which his T27 at Royal Birkdale in The Open last time out was his best effort.
Jul 31 - 7:38 AM

Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnat of Thailand birdied three of the six holes in a 1-1 draw with Spain in the opening match of Group B at the new-look GolfSixes in England.

The Thai pair took the early lead with birdie-3 at the 435-yard second hole and halved the next with another red number to stay 1-0 up. Spain, represented by Pablo Larrazabal and Jorge Campillo, hit back with a birdie-2 at the penultimate hole before the two teams played the sixth and final hole in birdie-4 to finish 1-1 and earn one point each. All three matches (Greensomes) played so far at Centurion Club have been draws. Jaidee and Aphibarnrat will take on Belgium in the second of their three group matches later this afternoon.
May 6 - 7:22 AM

Thongchai Jaidee toured Genzon GC in 5-under-par 34-33=67 on day one of the European Tour's Shenzhen International in China, ending the day just a single shot behind clubhouse leader Bubba Watson.

The Thai is a proven performer on Chinese soil, finishing runner-up at the 2013 BMW Masters and and posting four top 15s in his last five appearances there. That good form continued today in a lap featuring six birdies against a single bogey. Jaidee scribbled six straight pars after teeing off at the par-4 1st hole before starting his pursuit of Watson with a birdie at 7. He then ticked 9, 10 and 11 to surge up the leaderboard before giving one back at the par-3 12th. The veteran had to settle for par at the long 13th but splashed red at 15 and 17. He just managed to squeeze in par at 18 before play was halted for the day due to darkness.
Apr 20 - 6:59 AM

Thongchai Jaidee earned a point for his 5-and-3 shellacking of Francesco Molinari during round two of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The 47-year-old Thai drew first blood today with a 39'9" birdie splash at the par-4 first hole. Molinari gifted him one at the second hole (bogey) to increase the margin. Jaidee would add just two more birdies throughout the round, but only lost two holes all day, as Molinari did not bring his best stuff. This win keep's Jaidee's hopes alive this week, but he'll need Alex Noren to lose tomorrow. Molinari's chances to advance are officially spent, but he can still play the role of spoiler in his third round match against Noren.
Mar 23 - 3:26 PM

Thongchai Jaidee will make a sixth appearance in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club this week - and the Euro Tour veteran will know all about his first round opponents.

The Thai golfer has plenty of match play experience (career singles record of 14-11-4) but in this tournament he has struggled to 5-6-1. In fact his debut in the event, back in 2010, remains his strongest effort (he lost a quarter final against Ian Poulter on the final hole). Since then he is 2-5-1 in this championship and moreover he arrives in Texas on a run in the format of 3-7-1, emphasising it might not be his strongest suit. He missed the weekend in the opening two events on the Desert Swing, but then added T15 in the Dubai Desert Classic followed by T12 in the Maybank Championship, hinting at a return to form for the 47-year-old veteran. Playing in Group 8 he must take on three Europeans: Alex Noren, Francesco Molinari and Bernd Wiesberger.
Mar 21 - 4:23 AM

Thongchai Jaidee has been one of the most consistent performers at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and returns to the Middle East this week for another crack.

The veteran Thai has played in 10 of the 11 previous editions (2015 his only blank) and in that time has banked six top 15s at Abu Dhabi GC. The two most recent were his tournament-best T9 in 2013 and T10 in 2014. Now 47, Jaidee shows no signs of slowing up and finished 24th on last year’s Race to Dubai, his fourth straight year in the top 25. He cashed 19 times in 24 starts and added an eighth European Tour win when capturing the prestigious Open de France in June. He started his 2017 campaign with T14 in the Hong Kong Open last month.
Jan 17 - 5:59 PM

Thongchai Jaidee pegged another expert lap of Hong Kong GC; his second round 2-under-par 36-32=68 leaves him T7 on 5-under 135 at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

The Thia veteran has a sensationally consistent record at the Fanling venue and he enjoyed it's tight nature yet again Friday with a controlled performance. He dropped a shot at the 14th after starting from the 11th - his only bogey through 36 holes - but made up for it with a birdie-3 at the 18th. On the front nine he added red at 3 and 6 to move to within six of the halfway leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello. In 13 visits to this event Jaidee has never missed the weekend, boasts 11 top 25 finishes, and has never been outside the top 20 in his last nine starts. The closest he has come to victory was T2 in 2007 having been T3 the year before.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 04:57:00 AM

Thongchai Jaidee readies for his fifth appearance at the World Cup of Golf, joined by Kiradech Aphibarnrat this week in order to form Team Thailand.

World No. 52 Jaidee brings plenty of experience to this event, playing four WCoG events between 2007 and 2011. During those four stagings, Thailand finished T18, T16, T7, and T15. His playing partner, Aphibarnrat, was also his partner in 2011 when they posted a T18 finish. Aphibarnrat returned in 2013 to snag a T5 in the individual portion while him and Prayad Marksaeng combined to finish ninth among all nations in the team competition. Thailand is still in search of their first podium finish at the World Cup of Golf with their best finish currently being a T4 during the 1969 edition.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 10:23:00 AM

Thongchai Jaidee crafted a 5-under-par 32-34=66 circuit of Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort to hit the halfway mark of the Turkish Airlines Open T2 on 9-under 133.

The Thai veteran trails only the leader Thorbjorn Olesen (14-under) on the live leaderboard after his carefully constructed second round. As on Thursday he opened the lap with a birdie-3 at the first, but he soon dropped his only bogey of the day, at the 4th. He made immediate amends at the 5th and added another birdie at the 9th. He also opened and closed the back nine with red numbers - at 10 and 18 - with a third coming at the 15th. He missed the cut in the KLM and Italian Opens but has since strung five top 30 results together and looks set to make it six.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 09:41:00 AM

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.
Mon, Aug 8, 2016 06:28:00 AM

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.
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 11:20:00 AM