Thongchai set for fourth U.S. Open

Wed 28 May 2014

Thongchai set for fourth U.S. Open

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Kuala Lumpur, May 28: Asian Tour legend Thongchai Jaidee has qualified for the U.S. Open next month, a tournament which holds fond memories for the Thai as he made his Major debut at the event more than 10 years ago.
The three-time Asian Tour number one qualified for the 2001 U.S. Open where he placed tied 74th at Southern Hills Country Club before going on to claim his best result of tied 47th in the 2010 edition.
He missed the cut in last year’s U.S. Open and will aim to make amends after qualifying for the year’s second Major championship through his Official World Golf Ranking where he sits in 54th position.
EurAsia Cup captain Thongchai will join fellow Asian Tour members Shiv Kapur of India, Liang Wen-chong, the first Chinese to win the Order of Merit in 2007 and Simon Griffiths of England, who qualified through sectional qualifying, at the Pinehurst Resorts and Country Club from June 9 to 15.
The decorated Thai star, who holds 13 Asian Tour victories, has enjoyed a solid season so far where he has missed only one cut in 10 appearances in Asia, Europe and the United States.
His best result was tied fifth at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters in April and he also enjoyed a solid performance at the WGC-Cadillac Championship where he placed sixth. He also completed a personal milestone by making the halfway cut at the Masters Tournament for the first time in his career before finishing in tied 37th place.
Thongchai was also the Captain for Team Asia in the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM in Malaysia in March where he guided Asia to share the trophy with Team Europe after a memorable 10-10 draw.
Anirban Lahiri of India, ranked 72nd in the world, will also be aiming to qualify for the U.S. Open through his Official World Golf Ranking where he will need to win the Queen’s Cup in Thailand next week to have a chance to break into the top-60, depending on the other results that week.
More U.S. Open sectional qualifiers will be held in the United States on June 2.
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