Thongchai stuns Poulter at Volvo World Match Play Championship

Fri 17 May 2013

Thongchai stuns Poulter at Volvo World Match Play Championship

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May 17: Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, a three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, created one of the biggest upsets on the opening day of the Volvo World Match Play Championship by defeating England’s Ian Poulter  on Thursday.
Thongchai, who has 13 victories on the region’s premier Tour, fought back from being two down earlier in his match against last year's European Ryder Cup winning star to claim the match 3&2 with a birdie at the 16th  hole in Bulgaria.
"It was a very solid day for me today after the start where I lost a couple of holes with poor concentration," said Thongchai.
"I had played well in the Pro-Am but then I was very worried when Ian birdied the first three holes. However, then I played a very solid round of golf and I am very happy with that. I will continue to try my best now and try to continue with my good driving on a very tricky golf course," added the Thai ace.
Poulter, who had raced to 2-up after three holes, tipped his hat to the Thai ace.
"I've played Thongchai enough, he's a great player. I gave him holes today and you don't do that in match play, dead simple,” said Poulter
"This is the type of course where if you hit a couple of errant shots, you're going to be struggling to be back in the hole, simple," added the world number 15.
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