"Presidents Cup offers major learning curve, says Thongchai"

Mon 12 Oct 2015

"Presidents Cup offers major learning curve, says Thongchai"

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Sentosa, Singapore, October 12: Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee believes his experience at last week’s Presidents Cup has stepped up his learning curve when it comes to competing at Matchplay events.
The decorated Thai star, who holds 13 Asian Tour titles and three Order of Merit crowns, contributed 1.5 points to the International Team that also featured fellow debutant Anirban Lahiri of India at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.
While the International Team lost by the narrowest of margins, 14.5 to 15.5 to the U.S. team after four days of intense battle, Thongchai remains upbeat that the fortunes will swing back to his favour soon.
“The contest was very close. We lost by only one point. It doesn’t matter as we tried our best. I was playing in the Presidents Cup for the first time in my life and it was felt really good to be part of the team, which had all the right qualities.
“Sometimes you put on your best show but you still lose. It’s okay. More importantly, you learn from it and get more experience,” said Thongchai, who earned his first point for the International Team when he partnered Charl Schwartzel in Friday’s Fourball against Bill Haas and Chris Krik.
In his final singles match with Bubba Watson, Thongchai was on the back pedal, trailing the American throughout until the 17th hole where he eventually drew level with a par.
Watson then missed a five-foot birdie putt at 18, allowing Thongchai to come away with a half-point after the Thai parred the hole.
“The final day conditions were tough especially with the wind and rain. But I managed to stage a good comeback on my back-nine despite the mounting pressure. But like I said, I was playing in the Presidents Cup for the first time and it can only get better from here,” said Thongchai.
The Asian Tour, together with the European Tour, will welcome the return of the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM Berhad (DRB-HICOM) at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia in January next year.
Thongchai, who captained Team Asian to the thrilling 10-10 draw at the inaugural edition could well feature in the Ryder Cup-styled showdown again.
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