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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 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

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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

Thongchai Jaidee authored a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in Friday's second round at the BMW Masters in China and will play in the final group on Saturday.

Jaidee's morning lap of Lake Malaren took him up to tied second on the leaderboard at 9-under 135. That's three behind leader Lucas Bjerregaard. The Thai's first deviation from par today was a bogey at 5 while he also dropped a shot at the last but between that he produced a hot run of six birdies in 10 holes from the 7th. His set included gains at the par 72's final three par 5s. Jaidee, who was runner-up in this event two years ago, split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 17 greens in regulation.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 03:22:00 AM

Thongchai Jaidee shot a 5-under-par 31-36=67 in his opening round at the BMW Masters in Shanghai and is T6 on the leaderboard after day one.

And yet the Thai walked off Lake Malaren a slightly frustrated figure after swallowing bogeys in two of his final four holes after looking as if he could match or even pass Sergio Garcia at the top of the leaderboard. Jaidee opened with two pars but then went on a blitz over the next five holes, playing them in 5-under after three birdies and an eagle-3 at the 13th. He hit 7-under with further birdies at 2 and 3 before losing momentum and slipping back to T6. That's three behind Garcia's lead. The veteran hit 13 greens in regulation after splitting 10 (of 14) fairways and was 4-for-5 in scrambling.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 03:58:00 AM

With a 4-under-par 32-36=68 in his final round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, Thongchai Jaidee landed at 14-under 274 for the tournament, three shots back of 72-hole clubhouse leader Danny Willett.

Jaidee turns 46 years of age today, so it only made sense that he manufactured a birthday gift to himself. He missed five greens in regulation but limited the damage to a lone bogey (at the par-4 15th hole) and converted five birdies. They were among 22 for the week. This will easily go in the books as his best finish in six appearances in this tournament, five of which at Sheshan International.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 02:09:00 AM

Thongchai Jaidee is 12-for-12 in the UBS Hong Kong Open and returns to Fanling this week for another crack.

The Thai hasn't played it since 2012 but his T10 that year was his eighth successive top 20 in the event, a sequence dating back to 2005. His closest brush with victory came when second in 2007 while he also made the top three in 2006. Jaidee could only manage T36 in the Asian Tour's Macau Open on Sunday but prior to that he'd secured a seventh European Tour title by winning the Porsche European Open in Germany. He also played in the recent Presidents Cup, finishing 1-1-1 which included a halved match with Bubba Watson in the singles.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 04:24:00 PM

Thongchai Jaidee halved his Sunday singles match with Bubba Watson at the Presidents Cup.

There were only three holes after which Watson didn't hold the lead, but the conclusion shouldn't have been one of them. After Jaidee lagged his look at birdie from 74'10" to 18 inches, the lefty told the Thai to pick up for par. Watson then badly whiffed his birdie try from inside five feet. So, with each side getting a half-point and with six matches to be decided, the U.S. leads by the slimmest of margins, 12½-11½. In his Presidents Cup debut, Jaidee finished 1-1-1. Watson went 2-1-2.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 01:24:00 AM

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.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 09:01:00 AM