Thongchai Soars in Africa

Fri 11 Jan 2013

Thongchai Soars in Africa

January 11: Decorated Thai star Thongchai Jaidee posted a seven-under-par 65 to take a three-shot lead in his first event of the year at the Volvo Golf Champions on Thursday.

The three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner was part of the 33-strong winners-only field thanks to his victory at the ISPS Handa Wales Open in June, which was his first victory on European soil.

“The key was putting. I holed a lot of putts. I think I made about 24 putts. It was very tough out there because of the conditions. The winds were blowing from every direction. It was a good round considering the conditions.

“You have to think your shots properly because of the wind directions. You have to be on the fairway and plan your shots to the green,” said Thongchai.

The Thai mixed eight birdies against one blemish for a healthy three-shot lead over Major winners Louis Oosthuizen and Ernie Els at the Durban Country Club.

Asian Tour honorary member Jeev Milkha Singh, who is in the field courtesy of his victory at the Scottish Open last year is a further four shots back from Thongchai.