|Full name||Thongchai Jaidee|
|Born||8 November 1969|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||63 kg (139 lb; 9.9 st)|
|Spouse||Namfon Latkrathok (m. 1998)|
|Current tour(s)|| European Tour |
|Highest ranking||27 (3 January 2016) |
(as of 13 October 2019)
|Number of wins by tour|
|Asian Tour||13 (2nd all time)|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T37: 2014|
|PGA Championship||T36: 2009|
|U.S. Open||T47: 2010|
|The Open Championship||T13: 2009|
|Achievements and awards|
| Asian Tour|
Order of Merit
|2001, 2004, 2009|
Thongchai Jaidee (Thai : ธงชัย ใจดี; RTGS: Thongchai Chaidi, born 8 November 1969) is a Thai professional golfer who plays on the Asian Tour and the European Tour. On the Asian Tour, he holds the record for the most career earnings and is second in victories having won 13 times. He has won the Order of Merit on the Asian Tour three times during his career. Jaidee was the first man to win US$2 million, US$3 million, US$4 million, and US$5 million on the Asian Tour in prize money.
Thai, Central Thai, is the sole official and national language of Thailand and the first language of the Central Thai people. It is a member of the Tai group of the Kra–Dai language family. Over half of Thai vocabulary is derived from or borrowed from Pali, Sanskrit, Mon and Old Khmer. It is a tonal and analytic language, similar to Chinese and Vietnamese.
The Royal Thai General System of Transcription (RTGS) is the official system for rendering Thai words in the Latin alphabet. It was published by the Royal Institute of Thailand.
Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Southeast Asian Indochinese peninsula composed of 76 provinces. At 513,120 km2 (198,120 sq mi) and over 68 million people, Thailand is the world's 50th-largest country by total area and the 21st-most-populous country. The capital and largest city is Bangkok, a special administrative area. Thailand is bordered to the north by Myanmar and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Myanmar. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast, and Indonesia and India on the Andaman Sea to the southwest. It is a unitary state. Although nominally the country is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, the most recent coup, in 2014, established a de facto military dictatorship under a junta.
Jaidee did not start playing golf until he was sixteen, and he later went into the Royal Thai Army where he was a paratrooper in special forces. Jaidee did not turn professional until he was thirty years old, but he soon achieved success on the Asian Tour, topping the tour's order of merit in 2001 and 2004. He first played in a major championship in the 2001 U.S. Open and finished tied 74th.In February 2004 he became the first Thai to win a tournament on the European Tour by winning the Carlsberg Malaysian Open, an event which was co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour. In 2005 he successfully defended his Malaysian Open title.
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Jaidee won for the fifth time on the European Tour in June 2012 at the ISPS Handa Wales Open. This was the first occasion that Jaidee had won on the European Tour outside Asia. He shot a final round one over 72, but won by a single stroke from four other players.
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In September 2015, Jaidee won his seventh European Tour title at the Porsche European Open in Germany by a single stroke over Englishman Graeme Storm. Jaidee held the 54 hole lead by a stroke and shot a 67 in the final round to claim victory.
Jaidee claimed his eighth European Tour victory in July 2016, with a four stroke victory at the Open de France. He shot weekend rounds of 68-68, which included a run of 39 holes without a bogey and moved him clear of the chasing pack. Jaidee became the oldest winner of the tournament, at the age of 46, since it became part of the European Tour in 1972.
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of|
|1||22 Feb 2004||Carlsberg Malaysian Open 1||−14 (71-71-64-68=274)||2 strokes|
|2||20 Feb 2005||Carlsberg Malaysian Open 1(2)||−21 (64-66-67-70=267)||3 strokes|
|3||1 Mar 2009||Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open 1||−12 (71-69-67-69=276)||2 strokes|
|4||26 Apr 2009||Ballantine's Championship 1||−4 (66-71-77-70=284)||Playoff|
|5||3 Jun 2012||ISPS Handa Wales Open||−6 (71-68-67-72=278)||1 stroke|
|6||1 Jun 2014||Nordea Masters||−16 (69-70-68-65=272)||Playoff|
|7||27 Sep 2015||Porsche European Open||−17 (68-68-64-67=267)||1 stroke|
|8||3 Jul 2016||Open de France||−11 (67-70-68-68=273)||4 strokes|
1 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour
European Tour playoff record (2–0)
|1||2009||Ballantine's Championship||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||2014||Nordea Masters||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of|
|1||8 Oct 2000||Kolon Cup Korean Open||−10 (70-69-69-70=278)||1 stroke|
|2||18 Mar 2001||Wills Indian Open||−17 (67-69-69-66=271)||1 stroke|
|3||10 Feb 2002||London Myanmar Open||−11 (69-70-69-69=277)||Playoff|
|4||14 Dec 2003||Volvo Masters of Asia||−19 (71-64-65-65=265)||1 stroke|
|5||15 Feb 2004||London Myanmar Open (2)||−12 (69-72-66-69=276)||3 strokes|
|6||22 Feb 2004||Carlsberg Malaysian Open 1||−14 (71-71-64-68=274)||2 strokes|
|7||20 Feb 2005||Carlsberg Malaysian Open 1(2)||−21 (64-66-67-70=267)||3 strokes|
|8||17 Dec 2006||Volvo Masters of Asia (2)||−11 (68-68-69-72=277)||1 stroke|
|9||7 Dec 2008||Hana Bank Vietnam Masters||−15 (67-69-70-67=273)||Playoff|
|10||14 Dec 2008||Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open||−24 (68-66-64-66=264)||6 strokes|
|11||1 Mar 2009||Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open 1||−12 (71-69-67-69=276)||2 strokes|
|12||26 Apr 2009||Ballantine's Championship 1||−4 (66-71-77-70=280)||Playoff|
|13||12 Dec 2010||Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open (2)||−21 (70-67-65-65=267)||4 strokes|
1 Co-sanctioned with the European Tour
|The Open Championship||WD||T52||T13|
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||T77||T32||T39||T65||T22||T27|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||2||11||8|
Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.
WD = Withdrew
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
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