• Thongchai JAIDEE

    THA

    • Date of birth Nov 08, 1969
    • Turned Pro 1999
    • Residence Lop Buri, Thailand
    • Family Married

Biography

Thongchai turned professional when he was 30 as he served as a Ranger in the Royal Thai Army, regularly making parachute drops and was committed to represent Thailand in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. He was allowed to play plenty of golf and enjoyed a distinguished amateur career. When he was younger he represented his home province in football. Adored football great Pele before getting hooked to golf. First club was a three iron head stuck on a bamboo stick. In 2006, he opened his own golf academy with over 20 youngsters under his wing in Lopburi "as I want to give back to the game."

Career Highlights

  1. Thongchai is regarded as one of Asia’s greatest players, thanks to an unprecedented three Order of Merit crowns and 13 career victories
  2. In 2014, he picked up the Player of the Decade (2004-2013) awarded which is voted by the players and claimed a second victory on European soil at the Nordea Masters in Sweden
  3. Also captained Team Asia to a memorable 10-10 tie with Europe in the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM in Malaysia
  4. He also made the cut at the Masters Tournament in his third attempt
  5. In 2016, he won his fourth title in Europe at the 100th Open de France
  6. In the previous season, he was also victorious at the Porsche European Open in Germany
  7. The win including seven top-10 results worldwide helped him to finish in a career high of 28th place on the Official World Golf Ranking
  8. Won the Nordean Masters in Sweden in 2014
  9. In 2013, he finished runner-up at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria and BMW Masters in China
  10. In 2012, he enhanced his global reputation by claiming his first title on European soil by winning the Wales Open
  11. Posted four top-10s on the Asian Tour, with a third place finish at the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia being his best
  12. In 2011, he finished second in the Indonesian Masters behind Lee Westwood
  13. In 2010, he won his 13th title at the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open
  14. Enjoyed an impressive run at the WGC-Accenture Match Play when he qualified for the quarter-finals before being stopped by eventual winner Ian Poulter
  15. In 2009, he claimed his 11th and 12th titles with victories at the Indonesia Open and Ballantine’s Championship in Korea
  16. Both victories helped him lift an unprecedented third Order of Merit crown and break into the world’s top-50 for the first time in his career
  17. Finished tied 13th at the British Open, his best outing in a Major
  18. After a slow start to his 2008 season which was hit by injuries and illness, Thongchai won back-to-back events – the Hana Bank Vietnam Masters and Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open – at the end of the year
  19. His win in Vietnam came via a play-off and ended a two-year winless streak
  20. It also coincided with the arrival of his second son, whom he said was born on a lucky day as it was the same as the King of Thailand’s birthday
  21. The family subsequently nicknamed the son “Champion”
  22. In 2006, Thongchai won the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia title on home soil
  23. Also enjoyed a career high when he was invited to play in the Masters Tournament, becoming only the second Thai after Sukree Onsham to feature at Augusta National, but missed the halfway cut
  24. Finished second behind Korea's Charlie Wi in the weather-shortened Maybank Malaysian Open in his bid for an historic third straight victory
  25. Posted a career first top-10 at the WGC-American Express Championship in England
  26. The former paratrooper finished second on the Order of Merit in 2005, thanks mainly to his victory in the Malaysian Open
  27. Also made history in July by becoming the first Thai to play in all four rounds of the British Open at St Andrews
  28. In 2004, he won the Myanmar Open and Malaysian Open back-to-back in February which helped him lift his second career Order of Merit title
  29. The Malaysian triumph made him the first Thai to win on the European Tour and victory was made more memorable as he aced the 16th hole in the final round at Saujana Golf and Country Club
  30. He wrapped up his 2004 season by winning the Order of Merit crown with a then record earnings of US$381,929 from nine events
  31. In 2003, Thongchai won the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia in Bangkok
  32. In 2001 he also won the Order of Merit title in Asia, beating Korea’s Charlie Wi after a thrilling duel
  33. Thongchai prevailed thanks to his win in the Indian Open and he had no fewer than 10 other top-10 finishes
  34. That year he qualified and played in all four rounds of the U.S
  35. Open, becoming the first Thai to do so
  36. He presently leads the Asian Tour career earnings list with more than US$5 million in earnings.

Asian Tour Victories

  1. Asian Tour victories: (13)
  2. 2000 Kolon Cup Korean Open
  3. 2001 Wills Indian Open
  4. 2002 Myanmar Open
  5. 2003 Volvo Masters of Asia, Thailand
  6. 2004 Myanmar Open
  7. 2004 Carlsberg Malaysian Open
  8. 2005 Carlsberg Malaysian Open
  9. 2006 Volvo Masters of Asia, Thailand
  10. 2008 Hana Bank Vietnam Masters
  11. 2008 Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open
  12. 2009 Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open
  13. 2009 Ballantine's Championship, Korea
  14. 2010 Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open.

Other wins

  1. Other wins: (4)
  2. 2012 ISPS Handa Wales Open
  3. 2014 Nordea Masters, Sweden
  4. 2015 Porsche European Open, Germany
  5. 2016 100th Open de France.
 

Tournament Results

Tournament Pos R1 R2 R3 R4 Score TO PAR Earnings
Maybank Championship* T39 69 67 69 74 279 -9 US$ 17,100
Hero Indian Open* MC 80 74 - - 154 10 -
Volvo China Open* MC 72 77 - - 149 5 -
Royal Cup T36 70 66 73 71 280 0 US$ 3,254

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