Thongchai aims for a bigger splash

Tue 21 May 2013

Thongchai aims for a bigger splash

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Kuala Lumpur, May 21: A buoyant Thongchai Jaidee will be hoping to surpass his previous best position of 42nd place on the Official World Golf Ranking when he competes in the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth this week.
Thongchai, who finished runner-up at the Volvo World Match Play in Bulgaria on Sunday, is amongst a strong line-up of Asian Tour stars who will compete in the European Tour's flagship tournament.
Countryman Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who won the Maybank Malaysian Open in March to lead the Asian Tour Order of Merit, two-time Asian number one Jeev Milkha Singh of India, South Africa’s Jbe Kruger, India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar, Felipe Aguilar of Chile, China’s Liang Wen-chong and Australia’s Andrew Dodt are also in the elite field.
Thongchai has moved up to 49th in the world after narrowly losing to Ryder Cup star Graeme McDowell in the final but found consolation with the fact that his rise in the ranking earned him a spot in the U.S. Open in Merion next month.
He has already qualified for the British Open in July and U.S. PGA Championship in August.
"Of course, I was a little disappointed but very pleased to know I will now play in the US Open,” said Thongchai. "It is a nice reward after all my good golf and it is very good bonus for me.
"I was focussing on trying to win the Match Play and when I got into the final I knew that whatever happened I would make a big jump up the World Rankings.
"So overall it's been a good week for me and I am very proud of how well I played, and then competing against a player like Graeme McDowell because he is a world class player and he showed that."
Thongchai’s highest ranking in the world was 42nd place in March, 2010 and the 43-year-old is hoping to rise even higher.