Neck Injury Holds Thongchai Back

Sun 22 Jul 2012

Neck Injury Holds Thongchai Back


Lytham St Annes, England, July 21: A neck injury prevented Thai ace Thongchai Jaidee from moving up the leaderboard in the third round of The Open Championship on Saturday.

After starting the day at even par, the triple Asian Tour number one struggled home with a four-over-par 74 at Royal Lytham and St Annes to slip down the field in the year’s third Major.

“The problem was because the neck is very pain. Last night, I slept too much and when I woke up, I couldn’t turn. I went to the physiotherapist this morning but it wasn’t very well. I kept trying with my golf but I didn’t have any control … left, right, left right,” said the 42-year-old.

Thongchai, who has long been troubled by back injuries, said he could not finish his golf swing as a result of his injury. The end result was three birdies against five bogeys and one double bogey on a gorgeous day at the Lancashire links.

“When I turn (on the swing), I can’t finish the swing. I kept pushing my shots right. I can’t finish the swing as it’s painful. So my position was always behind the ball. But it’s okay, not a good day today,” said the former Thai paratrooper.

He said he had suffered a slight injury on his back several weeks ago. Despite regularly sleeping with a mattress on the floor which the firmness helps preserves his back, Thongchai has often fallen prey to problems with his neck or back.

“Sometimes, it’s the position. I hurt my lumbar a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes, I’m tired and sometimes, it’s the pillow. Four over par, no problem. I think I just hit four or five fairways. I couldn’t find the fairway and the rough is very tough.

“Tomorrow is another day but I hear it’ll be a tough day. We’ll see how strong the wind is. If it’s very strong, this course will play very difficult,” he said.

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