Thongchai claims victory in Germany

Mon 28 Sep 2015

Thongchai claims victory in Germany

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September 28: Three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand received a timely confident boost ahead of his debut at the Presidents Cup when he held off a strong challenge from England’s Graeme Storm to win the Porsche European Open in Germany on Sunday.
Victory at the Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany was Thongchai’s third win in Europe and could not have come at a better time as he prepares to make his historic appearance with the International Team set to take on the United States at the Presidents Cup next week.
Thongchai is only the second Asian player to win the European Open title, following Japan’s Isao Aoki, who won the title at Suningdale Golf Club in 1983. It was his third victory on European soil following the 2012 ISPS Handa Wales Open and the 2014 Nordea Masters in Wales.
The Thai star, who holds 13 victories on the region’s premier Tour, survived a pressure-filled final round having led by one shot overnight.
The experienced Thai held his nerves on the final hole by sinking a six-foot putt to to close with a four-under-par 67 for a winning total of 17-under-par 267, one ahead of Storm.
“It’s a very special week for me. It is the third time I have won outside of Asia, so I’m very excited about that and I’m happy to win this tournament.
“I’m feeling very confident at the moment. I didn’t make many mistakes this week – only one bogey all week. I played very nicely and 17 under is some score for me," said Thongchai, who rose to a career high of 32nd place on the Official World Golf Ranking.
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