Thongchai falls just short in France

Mon 07 Jul 2014

Thongchai falls just short in France

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July 7: Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee was left to rue a nervy start where he dropped five shots in his first four holes before settling for a tied-second finish at the Alstom Open de France on Sunday.
The EurAsia Cup captain and three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner was on track to win his third title on European soil as he started his final round four shots back of overnight leader Kevin Stadler of the United States.
However an uncharacteristic start by the Thai legend under testing weather conditions pegged him back severely before he steadied the ship to close his campaign with a one-over-par 72.
A final four-under-par 280 total saw the Thai share second place with Stadler, one shot behind Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, who successfully defended a tournament for the first time in his career.
"I couldn't hole anything especially on the front-nine as the weather was really bad. I started off really bad but luckily I managed to play better in the back-nine.
"Anyway, it's okay. I'll try again but the most important thing this week is I've made a good jump on the world rankings, which is important," said Thongchai, who moved five places up to 34th place in world rankings this week.
Thongchai, who won the Nordea Masters in Sweden last month, also rose to eighth place in the latest Race to Dubai rankings and his latest exploits in Europe was the ideal preparation as he will compete in the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool next week.
India's Shiv Kapur signed for a 70 to take a share of 18th place on 288 while reigning Order of Merit champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat posted a 78 to sign off with a 291 to take equal 43rd place.
In Japan, EurAsia Cup team Asia player Koumei Oda lost to countryman Ryo Ishikawa in a play-off at the Sega Samy Cup after both players finished tied on 274.
Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng, who was also a member of the EurAsia Cup team, finished joint eight on 280.
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