Thongchai Jaidee

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Thongchai Jaidee
ธงชัย ใจดี
Personal information
Full nameThongchai Jaidee
Born(1969-11-08) 8 November 1969 (age 42)
Lop Buri, Thailand
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight63 kg (140 lb; 9.9 st)
Nationality Thailand
ResidenceLop Buri, Thailand
SpouseNamfon (m. 1998)
ChildrenTitituch (b. 2002)
Kittituch (b. 2008)
Career
Turned professional1999
Current tour(s)European Tour
Asian Tour
Professional wins16
Number of wins by tour
European Tour5
Asian Tour13 (2nd all time)
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 2006
U.S. OpenT47: 2010
The Open ChampionshipT13: 2009
PGA ChampionshipT36: 2009
Achievements and awards
Asian Tour
Order of Merit
2001, 2004, 2009
 
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Thongchai Jaidee
ธงชัย ใจดี
Personal information
Full nameThongchai Jaidee
Born(1969-11-08) 8 November 1969 (age 42)
Lop Buri, Thailand
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight63 kg (140 lb; 9.9 st)
Nationality Thailand
ResidenceLop Buri, Thailand
SpouseNamfon (m. 1998)
ChildrenTitituch (b. 2002)
Kittituch (b. 2008)
Career
Turned professional1999
Current tour(s)European Tour
Asian Tour
Professional wins16
Number of wins by tour
European Tour5
Asian Tour13 (2nd all time)
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 2006
U.S. OpenT47: 2010
The Open ChampionshipT13: 2009
PGA ChampionshipT36: 2009
Achievements and awards
Asian Tour
Order of Merit
2001, 2004, 2009

Thongchai Jaidee (Thai ธงชัย ใจดี, born 8 November 1969) is a Thai professional golfer who plays on the Asian Tour and the European Tour. On the Asian Tour, he holds the record for the most career earnings and is second in victories with 13. He has won the Order of Merit on the Asian Tour three times.

Jaidee did not start playing golf until he was sixteen, and he later went into the Royal Thai Army where he was a paratrooper. Jaidee did not turn professional until he was thirty years old, but he soon achieved success on the Asian Tour, topping the tour's order of merit in 2001 and 2004. He first played in a major championship in the 2001 U.S. Open and finished tied 74th.[1] In February 2004 he became the first Thai to win a tournament on the European Tour by winning the Carlsberg Malaysian Open, an event which was co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour. In 2005 he successfully defended his Malaysian Open title. In 2006 he received a special invitation to play in the Masters Tournament. He was the second Thai to play in the Masters after Sukree Onsham, who did so in 1970 and 1971, and by doing so, he became the first Thai to play in all four major championships.

After his victory in the Volvo Masters of Asia in 2006 he reached 75 in the Official World Golf Rankings. His best year-end ranking on the European Order of Merit has been 19th in 2009. He topped the Asian Tour order of merit for a third time in 2009.

Jaidee won for the fifth time on the European Tour in June 2012 at the ISPS Handa Wales Open. This was even more significant as it marked the first occasion that Jaidee had won on the European Tour outside of Asia. He shot a final round one over 72, but won by a single stroke from four other players.[2]

Jaidee was the first man to win US$2 and US$3 million on the Asian Tour.

Contents

Amateur wins (5)

Professional wins (16)

European Tour wins (5)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
122 Feb 2004Carlsberg Malaysian Open
(co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour)
–14 (71-71-64-68=274)2 strokesAustralia Brad Kennedy
220 Feb 2005Carlsberg Malaysian Open
(co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour)
–21 (64-66-67-70=267)3 strokesIndia Jyoti Randhawa
31 Mar 2009Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open
(co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour)
–12 (71-69-67-69=276)2 strokesEngland Simon Dyson, Sweden Alexander Norén,
England Steve Webster
426 Apr 2009Ballantine's Championship
(co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour)
–4 (66-71-77-70=284)PlayoffSpain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, South Korea Kang Sung-hoon
53 June 2012ISPS Handa Wales Open–6 (71-68-67-72=278)1 strokeDenmark Thomas Bjørn, Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño,
Netherlands Joost Luiten, South Africa Richard Sterne

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentsResult
12009Ballantine's ChampionshipSpain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, South Korea Kang Sung-hoonWon with birdie on first extra hole

Asian Tour wins (13)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
18 Oct 2000Kolon Cup Korean Open–10 (70-69-69-70=278)1 strokeSouth Africa Craig Kamps
218 Mar 2001Wills Indian Open–17 (67-69-69-66=271)1 strokeScotland Ross Bain
310 Feb 2002London Myanmar Open–11 (69-70-69-69=277)PlayoffUnited States Edward Loar
414 Dec 2003Volvo Masters of Asia–19 (71-64-65-65=265)1 strokeTaiwan Lin Keng-chi
515 Feb 2004London Myanmar Open–12 (69-72-66-69=276)3 strokesUnited States Andrew Pitts
622 Feb 2004Carlsberg Malaysian Open
(co-sanctioned with the European Tour)
–14 (71-71-64-68=274)2 strokesAustralia Brad Kennedy
720 Feb 2005Carlsberg Malaysian Open
(co-sanctioned with the European Tour)
–21 (64-66-67-70=267)3 strokesIndia Jyoti Randhawa
817 Dec 2006Volvo Masters of Asia–11 (68-68-69-72=277)1 strokePhilippines Frankie Miñoza
97 Dec 2008Hana Bank Vietnam Masters–15 (67-69-70-67=273)PlayoffWales Rhys Davies, Australia Andrew Dodt
1014 Dec 2008Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open–24 (68-66-64-66=264)6 strokesSingapore Lam Chih Bing
111 Mar 2009Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open
(co-sanctioned with the European Tour)
–12 (71-69-67-69=276)2 strokesEngland Simon Dyson, Sweden Alexander Norén,
England Steve Webster
1226 Apr 2009Ballantine's Championship
(co-sanctioned with the European Tour)
–4 (66-71-77-70=280)PlayoffSpain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño,
South Korea Kang Sung-hoon
1312 Dec 2010Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open–21 (70-67-65-65=267)4 strokesJapan Kenichi Kuboya

Other wins (2)

Results in major championships

Tournament200120022003200420052006200720082009
The MastersDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPCUTDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenT74DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPWDDNPDNPT52DNPDNPDNPT13
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPCUTCUTDNPCUTDNPT36
Tournament201020112012
The MastersWDDNPDNP
U.S. OpenT47DNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipCUTCUTT77
PGA ChampionshipCUTDNPCUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Results in World Golf Championship events

Tournament2002200320042005200620072008
Accenture Match Play ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Cadillac ChampionshipT57T66T4160T9T23DNP
Bridgestone InvitationalDNPDNPT32T58DNPT46DNP
Tournament2009201020112012
Accenture Match Play ChampionshipDNPQFDNPDNP
Cadillac ChampionshipDNPT56DNPDNP
Bridgestone InvitationalT60DNPDNPWD
HSBC ChampionsT19DNPT29

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances

See also

References

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