Thongchai on a high in world order

Tue 03 Jun 2014

Thongchai on a high in world order

  • SHARE
Singapore, June 3: Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee continued his swift rise up the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) to a career high of 37th place following his memorable victory at the Nordea Masters on Sunday.
Thongchai, a 13-time Asian Tour winner, was instrumental in leading Team Asia to an epic draw with Team Europe at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM in Malaysia in March. The Thai displayed those battling qualities again when he outclassed the field to emerge victorious for the second time on European soil in his illustrious career.
“It’s simply amazing to know that I’ve won in Europe again. This win is dedicated to my family, all the Thai people and everyone who has supported me.
It is a special week for me, to win a trophy outside of Asia for the second time. I’ll keep performing better,” said Thongchai in victory speech in Sweden.
The Thai ace is the only player to win three Asian Tour Order of Merit crowns and was recently voted by his peers as the Tour’s Player of the Decade.
At 44 years old, Thongchai is simply in a class of his own and will now head into the year’s second Major championship in the best of form at the U.S. Open next week.
The Asian Tour legend will make his fourth U.S. Open appearance with his best result of tied-47th coming at the 2010 edition.
India’s Anirban Lahiri, a three-time Asian Tour winner, is  the next leading Asian after Thongchai as he occupies 72nd place on the OWGR while honorary member K.J. Choi of Korea and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat are in 85th and 87th place respectively.
Other Asian Tour members inside the top-200 on the OWGR include Australia’s Scott Hend (144), China’s Liang Wen-chong (161), Bangladesh’s Siddikur Rahman (165), Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng (168) and India’s Shiv Kapur (171).
International Ambassador of the Asian Tour, Ernie Els of South Africa is in 52nd place while Korea’s Noh Seung-yul, who is well remembered for being the youngest Asian Tour Order of Merit winner in 2010, takes 104th place on the world rankings.
Ends.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.