Thongchai strolls to 4-shot win in France

Mon 04 Jul 2016

Thongchai strolls to 4-shot win in France

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July 4: Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand cruised to a comfortable four-shot victory at the 100th Open de France after closing with a three-under-par 68 on Sunday.
Thongchai, who holds an unprecedented three Asian Tour Order of Merit crowns, closed with an 11-under-par 273, the only player to hit two digits to make it seven victories for Asian golfers on the European Tour this year.
He defeated Italy’s Francesco Molinari, who shot a low round of 66, while World Number four Rory McIlroy finished third after closing with a 71.
At the age of 46, Thongchai also became the oldest winner in the Open de France history, beating 2010 champion Miguel Angel Jiménez by 58 days.
“I am very happy this is the biggest win of my career, and my family here this week together just makes it even more special. I've been coming here many, many years, and I think especially this week with the centenary edition of the tournament, it's a special week for me to win on one of the toughest courses we play. Everything is absolutely perfect,” said Thongchai.
“I've been coming here about ten years, and I think this week the course is set up quite tough. The fairways are quite narrow and the rough is very thick. You have to hit the ball in play all the time, otherwise, if you keep it in play and you hit on the green and you hit a good one putt, you're going to have a good chance to win the tournament. This week, for me, I had no problems at all. I hit the ball perfect, and kept it in play all the time. That's why I'm confident to play the golf course,” he added.
At the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, K.T. Kim and Younghan Song of Korea finished in tied 21st place after closing with a 72 and 71 respectively on a three-over-par 283 total in the event that was won by Dustin Johnson.
Reigning Order of Merit champion Anirban Lahiri of India finished a further two shots back in tied 33rd place while current Merit leader Marcus Fraser of Australia shared 38th place on 287. Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand ended his campaign in 53rd place following a 72.
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