Thongchai aims for Presidents' spot

Wed 28 Aug 2013

Thongchai aims for Presidents' spot

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August 28: Thai superstar Thongchai Jaidee will defend his title at the ISPS Handa Wales Open on Thursday, where a solid result will propel him into the Presidents Cup International Team.
Thongchai is currently placed 12th on the Presidents Cup International Team ranking and will need to break inside the top-10 by this week to become the first Thai player to play in the biennial team event in October. This is the last week to qualify for the event.
The affable Thai’s return to Celtic Manor since his first victory on European soil last year will provide him with the motivation for a successful title defence.
“I'm trying to get this one back again.  The course looks nice and the weather hopefully better than last year. I think it's going to be fun this week,” said Thongchai.
“This time it's very close.  Try this week, one more week.  Going to be a good chance if I finish inside the top-five maybe I can get into The Presidents Cup. If I don’t get in, then I’ll try again in the next two years.
“I think it's not hard to get into the team. If you play well, you are going to be in the top-10, and it's going to be okay. I’m not going to give myself any pressure. I think I played well the last couple of weeks. If I get into The Presidents Cup then it will be good for my country,” he added.
Thongchai, who holds an unprecedented three Asian Tour Order of Merit titles, have enjoyed a superb season so far where he has five top-10 finishes including a runner-up result at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in May.
Currently ranked 59th in the world, Thongchai has high hopes of breaking into the top-50 in the world by the end of the season.
“I'll try to play well this week, and if not, no problem because I’ll have another tournament to get into the top-50 in the world.  That's my key goal for the year. I think it's going to be a good challenge. I love the course and the greens are much better than last year,” he said.
“I know the golf is not easy, you expect, you want to play well every week.  You try, and that’s very important.  For me, I don't mind, I play well or not, but trying is very important for me.  If I’m in a position then I keep trying my best.”
The 43-year-old will rely on his putting to steer him to success. “I think the putting has got to be better than the last time, some work with my equipment, like the driver has to  improve this week then I’ll have a good chance.
“The most important thing on this course is that you can’t miss anything. Greens are going to be very tricky.  You don't miss much, just hit and play. Perfect tee shot, perfect iron, make some good putts and I think you’ll have a good chance.”
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