Thongchai survives #TheOpen cut

Sat 22 Jul 2017

Thongchai survives #TheOpen cut

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Southport, England, July 21: Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand fired two crucial birdies in his closing four holes to end round two on three-over-par 73 and safely make the cut at The Open on Friday.
The 47-year-old veteran was on the brink of missing the weekend rounds but birdies on holes 15 and 17, the only par-fives at Royal Birkdale, lifted him into the safety zone. He also birdied the same holes in his opening round.
Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand
With a total of three-over-par 143, Thongchai has successfully made the seven cuts in 11 appearances at The Open.
“This is my 11th time in The Open so the experience have helped and made me mentally stronger. I’ve learned how to control my ball in the wind and how to handle the rain. I have confidence now playing in The Open and I’m not scared of anything,” said Thongchai.
Playing in cross winds and in heavy rain on certain holes, Thongchai stayed grounded in the tricky conditions but rued a poor tee shot on the 13th hole where he left with a double bogey. He had earlier bogeyed holes one, 11th and 12th.
“I played very good but only had one back shot on the 13th hole because of a poor tee shot. I tried to aim right but I hit a hooked and had an unplayable. I played a very good round. The conditions were very tough but I made the cut so that’s very important,” he said.
"I have confidence now playing in The Open and I’m not scared of anything." - Thongchai Jaidee

“The conditions will get worst. I played in heavy rain on some holes but it was nice to fight back after the double bogey. I couldn’t predict the speed of the greens today. My putts fell short on almost every hole.
“I look forward to the next two rounds. I’m very confident with my tee shots and irons. It is very difficult to find the fairways on this course. I missed only one fairway and I left with a double bogey. So it is very important to stay focus,” added Thongchai.
SOUTHPORT_ENGLAND_210717_PHACHARA_KHONGWATMAI_001Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai struggled against the elements and will miss the cut for the second successive year at The Open. The 18-year-old hopes to put the experience to good use as he chases for a first Asian Tour title.
“I don’t feel sad missing the cut because I had no expectations this week. For two days I was experienced bad weather but today was worst. It was windy and cold on the first nine holes,” Phachara explained.
“It is okay…I’m still young and have many more opportunities to qualify for The Open. I’m very happy to be here with the golf stars. Maybe next time I can come back and play better,” said the Thai.
Prayad Marksaeng also struggled to a 74 to miss the weekend rounds in what might be his final appearance at The Open.
Ends.