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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 readies for the 11th edition of The Presidents Cup, this week in Incheon, Korea.
Jaidee has represented Asia six times for the Royal Trophy but will make his Presidents Cup debut this week. His career record in match play events is lengthy, and nothing to scoff at. Over the years he's compiled a 19-15-4 record which includes a 13-9-2 clip in singles. The seven-time European Tour winner looks to be a valuable asset for the International squad. Oct 6 - 9:01 AM

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Overnight leader Thongchai Jaidee concluded the Porsche European Open with a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-34=67 to post 17-under 267, good for a one-stroke victory over Graeme Storm.

The Thai went 4-for-4 in scrambling and took 29 putts at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany on Sunday. He dropped only two shots all week, so it only a matter of if he'd find enough birdies to hold off the field. Storm touched bogey-free 5-under through 15 holes today. After a par at the par-4 fourth, he bogeyed the par-3 17th, and then settled for par at the par-4 finisher. While the Englishman didn't lift the trophy today, he departed with the confidence gained from his first top 15 in over 12 months. Meanwhile, it's Jaidee's seventh European Tour title and first since the 2014 Nordea Masters. Today's secures a berth into the 2016 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. It also provides the kind of mojo the Internationals can use for the Presidents Cup, where the 45-year-old will be making his debut in the competition on Oct. 8-11.
Sep 27 - 11:55 AM

With a 7-under-par 31-33=64 in Saturday's third round, Thongchai Jaidee moved into a one-shot lead in the Porsche European Open at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach.

The prospect of the Thai looking down on the field going into the final day looked remote at start of play but he moved up 14 spots to 13-under 200 with a round that featured eight birdies and a single bogey. Jaidee is a stroke in front of Ross Fisher, Graeme Storm and Pelle Edberg, whose 63 was the only round lower than Jaidee's. Jamie Donaldson, Magnus A Carlsson and Mikko Ilonen are a further shot back on 11-under. "I played solid all three rounds but today I putted much better," said Jaidee, who needed just 24 swishes of the short stick on Saturday. "You have to have good tee shots here as the greens are tricky. I enjoy playing this course and my game is good right now." His birdies came at 2, 3, 5, 8, 12, 13, 15 and 16 while he swallowed his sole bogey on the Beckenbauer course's second easiest hole, the par-5 10th. Jaidee will be chasing a seventh European Tour win tomorrow.
Sep 26 - 12:14 PM

Thongchai Jaidee will peg it up for the ninth time in the PGA Championship when he contests this year's event at Whistling Straits.

The Thai is a six-time European Tour winner and also boasts 13 Asian Tour victories but, surprisingly, he's yet to have a top 20 in a major. His record in the PGA is especially poor with six missed cuts in eight tries and a best of T36 at Hazeltine in 2009. At Whistling Straits he shot 80-78 to crash out at halfway in 2004 and also lasted just two rounds in 2010 when carding 70-77. Latest form of 57-50-65 doesn't point to any obvious turnaround. Jaidee tees off from the 1st at 7:35am local time alongside Scotland's Stephen Gallacher and American Ryan Moore.
Aug 11 - 5:20 AM

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

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, "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.
Apr 6 - 12:23 PM