Thongchai Ventures to Europe With High Hopes

testApril 22: Thongchai Jaidee ventures to Europe for the first time this year aiming to produce the desired results and break into the top-50 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

The Thai star will tee up in the Canarias Open in Spain on Thursday alongside last week’s winner Ricardo Gonzales and Joakim Haeggmann. Then he will head to the Telecom Italian Open before featuring in the British Masters.

Currently 71st in the world, Thongchai won the Carlsberg Malaysian Open, jointly sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours, in February. He was also tied fourth at the tri-sanctioned Johnnie Walker Classic in Thailand in January and is currently eighth on the European Tour money ranking.

“I’m hoping to play well in the next three weeks in Europe to try and boost my world ranking,” said Thongchai.

“If I can break into the top-50 in the world, it could open up more playing opportunities for me in the upcoming Majors such as the US Open and British Open.”

Thongchai is prepared to face the difficulty in a new playing environment. “I know I’ll find it tough to get used to the conditions there. The courses will be new to me and I’ll have to adjust quickly.

“To become a top player, I’ll need to play in different conditions and play well in them. I’m prepared for the challenge,” said Thongchai, currently the Asian Tour number one.

Thongchai’s name has been on the lips of golf fans since last December. After failing to secure his US PGA Tour card at the Qualifying School Finals, he returned home and won the Volvo Masters of Asia, the season-ending event in the region.

Subsequently, he finished in the top 10 in his next three events before winning his second Myanmar Open crown. He followed up that victory with another triumph in Malaysia, which made him the first Thai winner on the European Tour.

To cap his success, Thongchai holed a magical ace on the par three 16th in the final round at Saujana Golf and Country Club