Thongchai finishes runner-up at Volvo World Match Play

Mon 20 May 2013

Thongchai finishes runner-up at Volvo World Match Play

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May 20: Thongchai Jaidee finished second behind Graeme McDowell at the Volvo World Match Play Championship with a battling performance on Sunday which propelled him into the top-50 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time since 2010.
The Thai superstar added more gloss to his decorated career by fighting his way into a thrilling final with Ryder Cup star McDowell at the Thracian Cliffs Golf and Beach Resort in Bulgaria.
Thongchai moved up to 49th position on the World Rankings and should qualify for the U.S. Open next month as the top-60 as of May 27 and June 10 will qualify for the year’s second Major.
The triple Asian Tour Order of Merit winner was 2-up after six holes in the final against McDowell but the Northern Irishman fought back to square the match with birdies on seven and 12.
The 14th hole proved to be the turning point when Thongchai pulled an errant drive into the bushes to drop his only bogey of the match while McDowell birdied the same hole to lead for the first time in the match. McDowell went on to birdie 15 and made two other pars to secure a 2 & 1 victory.
“It was a very good week, only one mistake on 14, one bogey.  I think it is a solid week for me and congratulations to McDowell, he played solid and very good play. For me, coming second, that's good for me. That's big enough for me this week,” said Thongchai.
“He holed a lot of critical putts anyway.  He never missed a putt. He hole all the putts, even save par like No. 4 and No. 5, and another hole, 9, 10.  That's where the game changed a little bit.
Thonchai can certainly take pride with his best performance at the Volvo World Match Play Championship. He won two matches in the group stage, defeating Thomas Aiken and match play specialist Ian Poulter to qualify for the next phase.
He needed three extra holes to defeat Sweden’s Ryder Cup star Peter Hanson and cruised in the quarter finals against Scott Jamieson, winning the match 4 & 3. He then disposed of Aiken 3 & 2 in the semi-finals on Sunday morning to qualify for the final before being stopped by McDowell.
Ends.