Thongchai out to end best year with a win

Wed 11 Dec 2013

Thongchai out to end best year with a win

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Chonburi, Thailand, December 11: Calling this season one of the best year of his life, Thai veteran star Thongchai Jaidee hopes to put the icing on the cake by securing a home victory at the Thailand Golf Championship which starts on Thursday.
The three-time Asian Tour number one finished ninth on the final Race to Dubai rankings in the recently concluded European season but as satisfying as it was for him, the Thai home hero is keen to win for the first time this year in front of his fans at Amata Spring Country Club.
“I think this year I played well. I didn’t win but I have gained a lot of confidence. I finished second in the World Match Play (in Bulgaria) and other second in the BMW Masters in China. I think it's the best year of my life playing on the European Tour. I’ll try to win this week,” said Thongchai.
He credited his superb season, which has seen him rise up to 46th in the world, down to his putting and also staying injury free.
“I think I’ve had my injuries a few years ago,” said Thongchai. “Previously, my putting was so bad too. I’m feeling very confident with the putting now. That's the key change. I'm confident and if I miss the green, I can chip and make a good putt.
“We have tried to change my thinking with the putting. I’m now using the normal one, the short putter and  in the past couple of months, I have played well in China and then finished last week top 10 again (Nedbank Golf Challenge),” added the Thai, who was recently named playing captain of Team Asia for the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM to face Europe in Malaysia next March.
The former paratrooper knows he would need to produce his best golf to become the first home winner of the third edition of the Thailand Golf Championship due to the collection of stars at Amata Spring this week.
World number three Henrik Stenson and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, the fourth ranked player in the world, are headlining the stellar field which includes 2012 Masters Tournament winner Bubba Watson and title holder Charl Schwartzel.
“I think this event, it’s the best tournament in my home country. We have a strong field, like the world No. 3 is here and so is the world No. 4. it's good for our country to have a tournament like this. And also, myself, it's nice to be back home.  We have not many tournaments to play at home,” he said.
“I think this one is my second tournament back home this season and I want to enjoy the tournament. I think my performance is getting better. I’m hitting the ball a lot better.”
He is also delighted to make a return into the world’s top-50, which will gain him access into many of the top championships around the world. “I have a good chance next year to play like in the Masters Tournament next year. That's a key goal.  Hopefully we can play in a lot of Major tournaments if I'm inside the top-50.”
About the Thailand Golf Championship
The primary organizers of the event are Gulf Sports Management, the Asian Tour and IMG. They have been well supported by both government and private organizations such as Siam Commercial Bank, Gulf JP, Toyota, Tourism Authority of Thailand, PTT Public Company Ltd, PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited, Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Thaioil, IRPC, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Omega, Nooter / Eriksen, Samithivej Hospital, Starwood, CNN, SuperSports, Heineken, Ricoh, Graham Beck Wines, EST Cola, Panasonic, Srixon, Central Pattana, Bangkok Post and Amata Spring Country Club.
Thailand Golf Championship tickets are available at Thaiticketmajor at Baht 300 each for Round 1 and 2 (December 12 and 13). The price for Round 3 (December 14) is Baht 400, and for the final day on December 15 the price is Baht 500. A 4-day package ticket is only Baht 800. Children below the age of 16 and senior citizens 60-years-old and over can enjoy Thailand Golf Championship for free. Special offers for SCB Credit Card, PTT Blue Card, SPG Member Card and Samitivej Patient and Staff Card holders are available till December 11, 2013. Please call 02-262-3456 or visit www.thaiticketmajor.com for details.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. 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 Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) 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