Thongchai Jaidee
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Scorecard
Biography
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
5
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
37
4
3
3
4
5
5
2
4
4
34
71
2
5
5
3
3
4
3
3
4
5
35
4
4
3
5
4
4
3
4
4
35
70
3
4
4
4
2
4
3
4
4
5
34
5
4
3
4
5
4
4
4
4
37
71
4
5
5
5
3
3
3
3
4
8
39
5
3
2
4
4
5
3
4
4
34
73
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
1
5
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
37
2
5
5
3
3
4
3
3
4
5
35
3
4
4
4
2
4
3
4
4
5
34
4
5
5
5
3
3
3
3
4
8
39
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
ROUND
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
4
3
3
4
5
5
2
4
4
34
71
2
4
4
3
5
4
4
3
4
4
35
70
3
5
4
3
4
5
4
4
4
4
37
71
4
5
3
2
4
4
5
3
4
4
34
73
Par
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
Stats
ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
TOTAL
RANK
Eagles
0
0
0
0
0
11
Birdies
3
4
3
5
15
9
Pars
13
12
13
9
47
9
Bogeys
2
2
2
3
9
19
Double Bogeys/+
0
0
0
1
1
15
Other
0
0
0
0
0
Putts per round
27
29
27
25
27
23
Putts per GIR
1.73
1.71
1.75
1.67
1.71
23
Greens in regulation
61.11 %
77.78 %
66.67 %
50 %
63.89 %
13
Sand Saves
2/2
0/1
0/1
2/2
4/6

Born: 8 November 1969.

Turned pro: 1999.

Family: Wife - Namfon. Children - Titituch, Kittituch.

Special interests: Golf, fitness.

Career highlights: Was the first Thai golfer to win on the European Tour in the 2004 Malaysian Open. Won the Wales Open in 2012. Was the first player to break $2-million in career earnings on the Asian Tour. When he played in the 2006 Masters he became the first Thai to compete in all four Majors.

2014 highlights: Claimed his sixth European Tour victory with a win in the Nordea Masters, beating European Ryder Cup players Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher in a playoff. Had a further five top-10 finishes on the European Tour.

2014 Majors: The Masters - T37th. The US Open - Missed cut. The Open - T39th. The PGA Championship - Missed cut.

NGC record: 2nd Appearance. 2013 - 9th.

Story

A true legend of Asian golf, Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee was the first Thai golfer to win on the European Tour, to compete in all four Majors, and to earn over $2 million on the Asian Tour.

He's won a massive 13 Asian Tour events and this year claimed his sixth European Tour victory in the Nordea Masters, beating European Ryder Cup players Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher in a playoff.

But don't assume that there is anything of an ego behind the brilliant smile of one of the most liked and approachable professionals in the game.

Born in Lop Buri, a city north of Bangkok, Jaidee grew up in a rudimentary wooden house with no flush toilet or shower.

He escaped to the golf course behind his home, and it was here where he would often sneak onto the fairways and play golf with a club that he made out of the discarded head of a five iron tied onto a bamboo stick.

Jaidee joined the Royal Thai Army in 1989 and became a paratrooper. But 10 years later he turned professional at the late age of 29 and embarked on a career in golf, still very grounded by his upbringing.

In 2004 he became the first Thai golfer to win a European Tour event in the Malaysian Open, a title he defended in 2005. The Thai government rewarded him with a diplomatic passport to facilitate his travel around the world.

When Jaidee played in the 2006 Masters, he became the first Thai golfer to compete in all four Majors.

With 13 victories on the Asian Tour, Jaidee proved he could win on European soil as well when he won the 2012 Wales Open.

But the irrepressible Jaidee keeps setting new goals, fuelled by an unbelievable work ethic that sees him in the gym for two-and-a-half hours a day, and which is the legacy of his days in the military.

"In those days I would be training in the seaside, the jungle, the mountains ... wherever. I was carrying 30-40kg on my back and running - not walking - but running all day. It was really hard. But the most important thing is that it made me mentally tough. In the Army, there is no schedule. You don't know what you're going to have to do that day, and that helped me control my emotions. It really helped me mentally. As a pro, we all get angry if we duff a chip or whatever, but I'm able to control any mistakes I make as a result. Being in the Army has helped me with controlling my feelings."

It was this training which he needed to draw on when in 2008 he suffered a serious back injury.

"We travel anywhere in Asia, Europe, America and the flights are very far and long. I went to see a doctor and he said a bone inside my back had come out. For three months I couldn't do anything. It was a tough time."

But he returned to win two European Tour co-sanctioned tournaments in Asia in 2009.

Then in May this year, he added to his list of European Tour titles with a dramatic playoff victory in the Nordea Masters, taking the title with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

Yet the humility and self-control of the man shone through again when he declared after his win, "I'm very happy, but there will be no partying. I will just enjoy that I played well and was able to land my second victory outside of Asia".

Jaidee runs a foundation in his hometown, which assists young children there with education, and he has a golf academy for talented young Thai golfers.

And as a man who naturally loves his Thai green curry, Jaidee also has a few restaurants he owns. He also supports the Asian Tour wherever he can.

"I spend a lot of time outside my country - probably seven months a year. So when I come back home I like to see my friends and family. I love the Asian Tour. I never forget the Asian Tour and will always play there if I can. It's good to see the Tour growing so much, and we have many young players coming through."