"All for one, one for all, says Thongchai"

Wed 07 Oct 2015

"All for one, one for all, says Thongchai"

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Incheon, Korea, October 7: For Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, it will be ‘all-for-one and one-for-all’ when the International Team begins its quest to win the Presidents Cup which begins with the Foursome session on Thursday.
Thongchai will partner Anirban Lahiri of India for the third Foursome match against Americans Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club tomorrow and utmost of his mind is to simply put up a point for the Internationals.
“We play as a team, not play for yourself,” said Thongchai, who at 45 years old is one of five rookies on the International Team.
“You play for the team. It's good team work for this team. We have a strong captain (Nick Price). We are really strong. Everyone wants to win the Presidents Cup. Only one time the International has won. This time I think we're strong.”
While calling Thongchai a rookie might sound odd as he is one of the most successful Asian Tour golfers in history with an unprecedented three Order of Merit crowns, 13 titles in Asia and three wins on European soil, the Thai veteran said it was an  honour to be the first player from the Kingdom to feature in the biennial team competition.
[pullquote align="left or right"]We play as a team, not play for yourself. - Thongchai Jaidee[/pullquote][pullquote align="left or right"]Quote goes here...[/pullquote]“I feel very good. You know the President Cup is a dream for me. We tried for so many years to get on the team. But this year is a good time for me. I won in Germany two weeks ago, and then come to the Presidents Cup. I have a lot of confidence.”
The Thai legend hopes to maintain his relatively decent match play record. He was quarterfinalist at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play in 2010, runner-up in the World Match Play in 2013 and captained Asia to a thrilling come-from-behind 10-10 draw with Europe at the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia last season where he defeated Graeme McDowell in the singles.
“I think the EurAsia Cup has made me confident and more experience (in match play),” he said.
“I think the most important thing for me and Anirban is to relax, enjoy your game, enjoy your shot, enjoy everything. You have to be enjoying yourself, that's most important. No pressure.
“For me and Anirban, we play so many times together and he knows me, I know him. That's a good thing. I think tomorrow is going to be a good chance to win the point.”
Lahiri, the first Indian to feature in the Presidents Cup, also believes the experience from the EurAsia Cup where he contributed two out of three points will serve him and Thongchai well.
“ It was a very important event for me to play the EurAsia Cup to get that experience, to also experience the highs and lows because in match play it's all about momentum. You can lose momentum, and unless you wrangle it back, the match can slip away. The opposite is true if you're ahead. You want to just make sure you keep your foot on the pedal,” said the current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader.
“I absolutely love it (match play). I've always played a lot of team sports as a kid, and I got along with pretty much everyone, and all of us, we already feel like a family. We're all calling each other names and pulling each other's legs. We're all supporting each other 100% through everything. So that's what you need this week. I think we're in a position where we're all just waiting for the gun to go off and tee it off tomorrow.”
Price is banking on the Asian duo to deliver the goods. "Both Anirban and Thongchai play a lot together. It was the sort of pairing that we thought , they are both good friends and that was one of the compatible things that we wanted to do. I think both of them could play just about anyone on our team.
"When I mentioned to them that i want them to play together, they were very excited about that. That's what i wanted, I wanted that enthusiasm and I wanted to see that - that feistiness in them."
Thursday’s Foursome Draw (International Team first)
11:05 am: Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama vs Bubba Watson/J.B. Holmes
11:18 am: Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace vs Matt Kuchar/Patrick Reed
11:31 am: Anirban Lahiri/Thongchai Jaidee vs Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker
11:44 am:  Jason Day/Steven Bowditch vs Phil Mickelson/Zach Johnson
11:57 am: Danny Lee/Marc Leishman vs Jordan Spieth/Dustin Johnson
About The Presidents Cup
The Presidents Cup, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues. The Presidents Cup was developed to give the world’s best non-European players an opportunity to compete in international team match-play competition. The U.S. Team has won eight of the 10 previous Presidents Cups, and the only win by the International Team came at the 1998 event in Melbourne. The Presidents Cup 2003 ended in a tie. The Presidents Cup 2015 will be held Oct. 6-11 when the biennial competition makes its first trip to Asia.  Nick Price and Jay Haas will serve as captains of the International and U.S. Teams, respectively.  Korea’s K.J. Choi was named the first vice-captain in Presidents Cup history and will help Price lead the International Team in front of what is sure to be a supportive “home” crowd.
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea will be the fourth international venue to host The Presidents Cup, joining The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (1998, 2011); The Links at Fancourt, George, South Africa (2003); and The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2007).  The event is projected to be broadcast in 225 countries and territories, reaching more than 1 billion homes in 30 different languages around the world.
The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that there is no purse or prize money; instead, each player, captain and captain’s assistant allocates an equal portion of the funds generated to charities of his choice. Since the inception of The Presidents Cup in 1994, more than $32 million has been raised for charity from event proceeds, including more than $5 million from The Presidents Cup 2013. Over the past 20 years, The Presidents Cup has impacted more than 450 charities in 15 countries worldwide and 35 states in the U.S.
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Uniting the community Bringing Incheon to the world, Incheon is rapidly becoming one of the most prominent cities in Northeast Asia, as well as one of the best cities in which to live. Incheon has been trading with foreign countries since the Three Kingdoms Period, and was the first city in Korea to accept Western culture in 1883.
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About Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea
At 7,380 yards (6,748 meters) for the tournament, the par 72 Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea is the first and only golf club in Korea to carry the name of the Golden Bear himself.  Its dramatic park land, links and rock formation styles are in perfect harmony with the panoramic views of Incheon Bay and the skyline of the Songdo International Business District. Crafted by the hand of master himself, the Jack Nicklaus design features unique fairway routings, a variety of tee locations, and greens protected by strategically located bunkers and hazards that provide special challenge to golfers of all levels.  In 2010 and 2011 the course hosted the PGA Champions Tour Songdo Championship event.  The Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea is proud to have been selected as the host venue for The Presidents Cup in 2015, the first time the event will be contested in Asia.  For more information visit: www.jacknicklausgolfclubkorea.com.