The 2002 Asian number one will write weekly reports from stateside on his progress and experience. In his first column on asiantour.com, Randhawa talks about his solid form which was sparked from a good run in the recent British Open.
August 16: Korean star Choi Kyung-ju reaffirmed his status as the best Asian player on the planet when he finished tied sixth in the U.S. PGA Championship at Whistling Straits on Sunday.
The Asian stalwart finished just two shots shy of joining a three-way play-off in the year’s final Major, which was eventually won by Vijay Singh of
He started the day eight shots off the lead but crept up the leaderboard with birdies on the third, fifth and seventh holes. A bogey on 10 was offset quickly with another birdie on 13 as Choi challenged the leaders. Needing at least a birdie in his last five holes to have a chance of winning, Choi however bogeyed the demanding 18th hole to fall into a share of sixth place with Masters champion Phil Mickelson and Paul McGinley.
The Asian stalwart had three bogeys against two birdies on his card at Whistling Straits and his three day total of 212 left him in tied 18th position. Compatriot Hur Suk-ho also carded a 73 which placed him tied 58th.
Singh leads by one over Justin Leonard after shooting a 69. Ernie Els was amongst those in joint third place on 208, four shots behind the big Fijian.
August 14: Thongchai Jaidee improved by two shots from his opening round effort at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits but has missed the halfway cut in the year’s final major.
The Thai, currently the Asian Tour number one, is disappointed with his performance and hopes to regroup ahead for next week’s World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational, an invite he received by virtue of his win in the Volvo Masters of Asia on home soil last December.
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August 14: Choi Kyung-ju battled back from a triple bogey to sign for a one-under-par 71 to trail the leaders by four shots at the halfway stage of the U.S. PGA Championship at Whistling Straits on Friday.
The Korean star has a two-day total of 139 for tied seventh place and trails co-leaders Justin Leonard and Vijay Singh, who lead on 135. Ernie Els is a further shot back.
Choi was cruising at two under for his round before becoming unstuck on his 13th hole at the fourth, dropping three shots. However, he battled back superbly with birdies at the next hole and the eighth.
August 13: Choi Kyung-ju birdied his first five holes en route to an opening four-under-par 68 at the U.S. PGA Championship on Thursday as he launched another bid to land his Major breakthrough.
The Korean star, who plies his trade on the US PGA Tour, finished the day in tied eighth place in the year’s final Major, three shots behind playing partner Darren Clarke of
Justin Leonard, who was the third player in Choi’s group, shot a 66 for joint second place with South African Ernie Els. Tiger Woods carded a 75 while current Asian Tour number Thongchai Jaidee one stumbled to an 80.
August 13: Thongchai Jaidee was left battered and bruised after the opening round of the U.S. PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. The Thai star, currently the Asian Tour number one, stumbled down the leaderboard with an eight-over-par 80.
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August 12: Thongchai Jaidee is getting ready for his debut in the U.S. PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in
In the third segment of his daily diary to asiantour.com, the Thai star writes about his final preparations on Wednesday for the year’s final Major.
The current Asian Tour number one is also hoping that a putting lesson at the venue this week will yield enough birdies and eagles but he is keeping his fingers crossed for some good weather when he tees off in his first round at .
World number one Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh are amongst the top stars whom Thongchai will be aiming to match in the PGA Championship. Stay tuned to asiantour.com for all the latest news from Thongchai.
August 11: Thongchai Jaidee had his first practice round at Whistling Straits on Tuesday as he prepared for his debut at the U.S. PGA Championship this week. The Thai star, currently the Asian Tour number one, played nine holes in front of mammoth crowds and soaked in the atmosphere.
In his latest diary from Whistling Straits, Thongchai writes about his experience on the links-style golf course, his plans for the first round and why he believes it is important for him to excel this week.
This is Thongchai’s third appearance in a Major, having featured in the 2001 US Open and 2002 British Open. Log on to asiantour.com to follow Thongchai’s progress in the PGA Championship this week.
In an exclusive diary to asiantour.com, Thongchai talks about his experience at The International and also his hopes for this week’s PGA Championship. With his family travelling with him, the former paratrooper is feeling at home and confident for the challenges ahead.