|Date of Birth||1969-11-08|
|Residence||Lop Buri, Thailand|
|Family||Married, 2 children|
Order of Merit
Asian Tour Victories
(13) 2000 Kolon Cup Korean Open; 2001 Wills Indian Open; 2002 Myanmar Open; 2003 Volvo Masters of Asia, Thailand, 2004 Myanmar Open, 2004 Carlsberg Malaysian Open, 2005 Carlsberg Malaysian Open, 2006 Volvo Masters of Asia, Thailand, 2008 Hana Bank Vietnam Masters, 2008 Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open, 2009 Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open, 2009 Ballantine's Championship, Korea, 2010 Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open.
(4) 2012 ISPS Handa Wales Open, 2014 Nordea Masters, Sweden, 2015 Porsche European Open, Germany, 2016 100th Open de France.
Thongchai is regarded as one of Asia’s greatest players, thanks to an unprecedented three Order of Merit crowns and 13 career victories. In 2014, he picked up the Player of the Decade (2004-2013) awarded which is voted by the players and claimed a second victory on European soil at the Nordea Masters in Sweden. Also captained Team Asia to a memorable 10-10 tie with Europe in the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM in Malaysia. He also made the cut at the Masters Tournament in his third attempt. In 2016, he won his fourth title in Europe at the 100th Open de France. In the previous season, he was also victorious at the Porsche European Open in Germany. The win including seven top-10 results worldwide helped him to finish in a career high of 28th place on the Official World Golf Ranking. Won the Nordean Masters in Sweden in 2014. In 2013, he finished runner-up at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria and BMW Masters in China. In 2012, he enhanced his global reputation by claiming his first title on European soil by winning the Wales Open. Posted four top-10s on the Asian Tour, with a third place finish at the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia being his best. In 2011, he finished second in the Indonesian Masters behind Lee Westwood. In 2010, he won his 13th title at the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open. Enjoyed an impressive run at the WGC-Accenture Match Play when he qualified for the quarter-finals before being stopped by eventual winner Ian Poulter. In 2009, he claimed his 11th and 12th titles with victories at the Indonesia Open and Ballantine’s Championship in Korea. Both victories helped him lift an unprecedented third Order of Merit crown and break into the world’s top-50 for the first time in his career. Finished tied 13th at the British Open, his best outing in a Major. After a slow start to his 2008 season which was hit by injuries and illness, Thongchai won back-to-back events – the Hana Bank Vietnam Masters and Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open – at the end of the year. His win in Vietnam came via a play-off and ended a two-year winless streak. It also coincided with the arrival of his second son, whom he said was born on a lucky day as it was the same as the King of Thailand’s birthday. The family subsequently nicknamed the son “Champion”. In 2006, Thongchai won the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia title on home soil. Also enjoyed a career high when he was invited to play in the Masters Tournament, becoming only the second Thai after Sukree Onsham to feature at Augusta National, but missed the halfway cut. Finished second behind Korea's Charlie Wi in the weather-shortened Maybank Malaysian Open in his bid for an historic third straight victory. Posted a career first top-10 at the WGC-American Express Championship in England. The former paratrooper finished second on the Order of Merit in 2005, thanks mainly to his victory in the Malaysian Open. Also made history in July by becoming the first Thai to play in all four rounds of the British Open at St Andrews. In 2004, he won the Myanmar Open and Malaysian Open back-to-back in February which helped him lift his second career Order of Merit title. The Malaysian triumph made him the first Thai to win on the European Tour and victory was made more memorable as he aced the 16th hole in the final round at Saujana Golf and Country Club. He wrapped up his 2004 season by winning the Order of Merit crown with a then record earnings of US$381,929 from nine events. In 2003, Thongchai won the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia in Bangkok. In 2001 he also won the Order of Merit title in Asia, beating Korea’s Charlie Wi after a thrilling duel. Thongchai prevailed thanks to his win in the Indian Open and he had no fewer than 10 other top-10 finishes. That year he qualified and played in all four rounds of the U.S. Open, becoming the first Thai to do so. He presently leads the Asian Tour career earnings list with more than US$5 million in earnings.
Thongchai turned professional when he was 30 as he served as a Ranger in the Royal Thai Army, regularly making parachute drops and was committed to represent Thailand in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. He was allowed to play plenty of golf and enjoyed a distinguished amateur career. When he was younger he represented his home province in football. Adored football great Pele before getting hooked to golf. First club was a three iron head stuck on a bamboo stick. In 2006, he opened his own golf academy with over 20 youngsters under his wing in Lopburi "as I want to give back to the game."
2014 (Playing Captain) & 2016 EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM, 2015 Presidents Cup.