Thongchai Jaidee

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Thongchai Jaidee
ธงชัย ใจดี
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Personal information
Full nameThongchai Jaidee
Born (1969-11-08) 8 November 1969 (age 49)
Lopburi, Thailand
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb; 9.9 st)
NationalityFlag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
Residence Lopburi, Thailand
SpouseNamfon Latkrathok (m. 1998)
ChildrenTitituch, Kittituch
Career
Turned professional1999
Current tour(s) European Tour
Asian Tour
Professional wins20
Highest ranking 27 (3 January 2016) [1]
(as of 13 October 2019)
Number of wins by tour
European Tour8
Asian Tour13 (2nd all time)
Other3
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 language language spoken in Thailand

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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.

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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. [2] 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.

Royal Thai Army army of Thailand

The Royal Thai Army or RTA is the army of Thailand responsible for protecting its sovereignty and national interests. It is the oldest and largest branch of the Royal Thai Armed Forces.

Mens major golf championships Four prestigious annual tournaments in professional golf

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U.S. Open (golf) golf tournament held in the United States

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In 2006 he received a special invitation to play in the Masters Tournament. He was the second Thai to play in the Masters after Sukree Onsham, who did so in 1970 and 1971, and by doing so, he became the first Thai to play in all four major championships.

Masters Tournament golf tournament held in Augusta, Georgia, United States

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Sukree Onsham is a professional golfer from Thailand. He was the most successful Thai golfer of his era. He is perhaps best known to international audiences for being the first man from Thailand to play in the Masters Tournament.

After his victory in the Volvo Masters of Asia in 2006 he reached 75 in the Official World Golf Rankings. His best year-end ranking on the European Order of Merit has been 9th in 2013. He topped the Asian Tour order of merit for a third time in 2009.

The Volvo Masters of Asia was the final event of the season on golf's Asian Tour until 2008.

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. [3]

Jaidee qualified for the 2015 Presidents Cup squad for the first time and in doing so became the first player from Thailand to earn the honor.

2015 Presidents Cup

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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.

Amateur wins (5)

Professional wins (20)

European Tour wins (8)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
122 Feb 2004 Carlsberg Malaysian Open 1−14 (71-71-64-68=274)2 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brad Kennedy
220 Feb 2005 Carlsberg Malaysian Open 1(2)−21 (64-66-67-70=267)3 strokes Flag of India.svg Jyoti Randhawa
31 Mar 2009 Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open 1−12 (71-69-67-69=276)2 strokes Flag of England.svg Simon Dyson, Flag of Sweden.svg Alexander Norén,
Flag of England.svg Steve Webster
426 Apr 2009 Ballantine's Championship 1−4 (66-71-77-70=284)Playoff Flag of Spain.svg Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, Flag of South Korea.svg Kang Sung-hoon
53 Jun 2012 ISPS Handa Wales Open −6 (71-68-67-72=278)1 stroke Flag of Denmark.svg Thomas Bjørn, Flag of Spain.svg Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño,
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Joost Luiten, Flag of South Africa.svg Richard Sterne
61 Jun 2014 Nordea Masters −16 (69-70-68-65=272)Playoff Flag of France.svg Victor Dubuisson, Flag of Scotland.svg Stephen Gallacher
727 Sep 2015 Porsche European Open −17 (68-68-64-67=267)1 stroke Flag of England.svg Graeme Storm
83 Jul 2016 Open de France −11 (67-70-68-68=273)4 strokes Flag of Italy.svg Francesco Molinari

1 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour

European Tour playoff record (2–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentsResult
1 2009 Ballantine's Championship Flag of Spain.svg Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, Flag of South Korea.svg Kang Sung-hoon Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2014 Nordea Masters Flag of France.svg Victor Dubuisson, Flag of Scotland.svg Stephen Gallacher Won with birdie on first extra hole

Asian Tour wins (13)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
18 Oct 2000 Kolon Cup Korean Open −10 (70-69-69-70=278)1 stroke Flag of South Africa.svg Craig Kamps
218 Mar 2001 Wills Indian Open −17 (67-69-69-66=271)1 stroke Flag of Scotland.svg Ross Bain
310 Feb 2002 London Myanmar Open −11 (69-70-69-69=277)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Edward Loar
414 Dec 2003 Volvo Masters of Asia −19 (71-64-65-65=265)1 stroke Flag of the Republic of China.svg Lin Keng-chi
515 Feb 2004 London Myanmar Open (2)−12 (69-72-66-69=276)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Andrew Pitts
622 Feb 2004 Carlsberg Malaysian Open 1−14 (71-71-64-68=274)2 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brad Kennedy
720 Feb 2005 Carlsberg Malaysian Open 1(2)−21 (64-66-67-70=267)3 strokes Flag of India.svg Jyoti Randhawa
817 Dec 2006 Volvo Masters of Asia (2)−11 (68-68-69-72=277)1 stroke Flag of the Philippines.svg Frankie Miñoza
97 Dec 2008 Hana Bank Vietnam Masters −15 (67-69-70-67=273)Playoff Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Rhys Davies, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Andrew Dodt
1014 Dec 2008 Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open −24 (68-66-64-66=264)6 strokes Flag of Singapore.svg Lam Chih Bing
111 Mar 2009 Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open 1−12 (71-69-67-69=276)2 strokes Flag of England.svg Simon Dyson, Flag of Sweden.svg Alexander Norén,
Flag of England.svg Steve Webster
1226 Apr 2009 Ballantine's Championship 1−4 (66-71-77-70=280)Playoff Flag of Spain.svg Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño,
Flag of South Korea.svg Kang Sung-hoon
1312 Dec 2010 Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open (2)−21 (70-67-65-65=267)4 strokes Flag of Japan.svg Kenichi Kuboya

1 Co-sanctioned with the European Tour

Other wins (3)

Results in major championships

Tournament200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open T74
The Open Championship WDT52T13
PGA Championship CUTCUTCUTT36
Tournament20102011201220132014201520162017
Masters Tournament WDT375557
U.S. Open T47CUTCUTCUT
The Open Championship CUTCUTT77T32T39T65T22T27
PGA Championship CUTCUTT47CUTCUTT73CUT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 00000053
U.S. Open 00000052
The Open Championship 000002118
PGA Championship 000000113
Totals0000023216

Results in World Golf Championships

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament2002200320042005200620072008
Match Play
Mexico Championship T57T66T4160 T9 T23
Bridgestone Invitational T32T58T46
Tournament200920102011201220132014201520162017
Mexico Championship T56T669
Match Play QF R64R64T34T28T39
Bridgestone Invitational T60WDT52T57T63
HSBC Champions T19T29T21T46T41T11T30
  Top 10
  Did not play

WD = Withdrew
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances

See also

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References

  1. "Week 01 2016 Ending 3 Jan 2016" (pdf). OWGR . Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  2. 2001 U.S. Open results
  3. "Thongchai Jaidee" . Retrieved 2012-06-07.