Thongchai Jaidee

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Thongchai Jaidee
ธงชัย ใจดี
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Thongchai Jaidee
Born (1969-11-08) 8 November 1969 (age 44)
Lopburi, Thailand
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb; 9.9 st)
Nationality  Thailand
Residence Lop Buri, Thailand
Spouse Namfon Latkrathok (m. 1998)
Children Titituch, Kittituch
Career
Turned professional 1999
Current tour(s) European Tour
Asian Tour
Professional wins 17
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 6
Asian Tour 13 (2nd all time)
Other 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T37: 2014
U.S. Open T47: 2010
The Open Championship T13: 2009
PGA Championship T36: 2009
Achievements and awards
Asian Tour
Order of Merit
2001, 2004, 2009

Thongchai Jaidee (Thai: ธงชัย ใจดี; RTGS: Thongchai Chaidi, 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 having won 13 times. He has won the Order of Merit on the Asian Tour three times during his career.

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 9th in 2013. 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 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 million, US$3 million, US$4 million and US$5 million on the Asian Tour.

Amateur wins (5)[edit]

  • 1995 Pakistan Amateur Open Championship
  • 1997 Putra Cup
  • 1998 Putra Cup, Singapore Amateur Open Championship, Thailand Amateur Open Championship

Professional wins (17)[edit]

European Tour wins (6)[edit]

Thongchai Jaidee
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 22 Feb 2004 Carlsberg Malaysian Open1 −14 (71-71-64-68=274) 2 strokes Australia Brad Kennedy
2 20 Feb 2005 Carlsberg Malaysian Open1 (2) −21 (64-66-67-70=267) 3 strokes India Jyoti Randhawa
3 1 Mar 2009 Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open1 −12 (71-69-67-69=276) 2 strokes England Simon Dyson, Sweden Alexander Norén,
England Steve Webster
4 26 Apr 2009 Ballantine's Championship1 −4 (66-71-77-70=284) Playoff Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, South Korea Kang Sung-hoon
5 3 June 2012 ISPS Handa Wales Open −6 (71-68-67-72=278) 1 stroke Denmark Thomas Bjørn, Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño,
Netherlands Joost Luiten, South Africa Richard Sterne
6 1 June 2014 Nordea Masters −16 (69-70-68-65=272) Playoff France Victor Dubuisson, Scotland Stephen Gallacher

1 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour

European Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2009 Ballantine's Championship Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, South Korea Kang Sung-hoon Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2014 Nordea Masters France Victor Dubuisson, Scotland Stephen Gallacher Won with birdie on first extra hole

Asian Tour wins (13)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 8 Oct 2000 Kolon Cup Korean Open −10 (70-69-69-70=278) 1 stroke South Africa Craig Kamps
2 18 Mar 2001 Wills Indian Open −17 (67-69-69-66=271) 1 stroke Scotland Ross Bain
3 10 Feb 2002 London Myanmar Open −11 (69-70-69-69=277) Playoff United States Edward Loar
4 14 Dec 2003 Volvo Masters of Asia −19 (71-64-65-65=265) 1 stroke Taiwan Lin Keng-chi
5 15 Feb 2004 London Myanmar Open (2) −12 (69-72-66-69=276) 3 strokes United States Andrew Pitts
6 22 Feb 2004 Carlsberg Malaysian Open1 −14 (71-71-64-68=274) 2 strokes Australia Brad Kennedy
7 20 Feb 2005 Carlsberg Malaysian Open1 (2) −21 (64-66-67-70=267) 3 strokes India Jyoti Randhawa
8 17 Dec 2006 Volvo Masters of Asia (2) −11 (68-68-69-72=277) 1 stroke Philippines Frankie Miñoza
9 7 Dec 2008 Hana Bank Vietnam Masters −15 (67-69-70-67=273) Playoff Wales Rhys Davies, Australia Andrew Dodt
10 14 Dec 2008 Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open −24 (68-66-64-66=264) 6 strokes Singapore Lam Chih Bing
11 1 Mar 2009 Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open1 −12 (71-69-67-69=276) 2 strokes England Simon Dyson, Sweden Alexander Norén,
England Steve Webster
12 26 Apr 2009 Ballantine's Championship1 −4 (66-71-77-70=280) Playoff Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño,
South Korea Kang Sung-hoon
13 12 Dec 2010 Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open (2) −21 (70-67-65-65=267) 4 strokes Japan Kenichi Kuboya

1 Co-sanctioned with the European Tour

Other wins (2)[edit]

  • 2000 Singha Bangkok Open (Thailand)
  • 2001 Singha Bangkok Open (Thailand)

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T74 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP WD DNP DNP T52 DNP DNP DNP T13
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT DNP CUT DNP T36
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament WD DNP DNP DNP T37
U.S. Open T47 DNP DNP CUT CUT
The Open Championship CUT CUT T77 T32 T39
PGA Championship CUT DNP CUT T47 CUT

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

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 5
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 1 23 10
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2013 Open – 2014 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Results in World Golf Championship events[edit]

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Cadillac Championship T57 T66 T41 60 T9 T23 DNP
Bridgestone Invitational DNP DNP T32 T58 DNP T46 DNP
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP QF DNP DNP R64 R64
Cadillac Championship DNP T56 DNP DNP DNP T6
Bridgestone Invitational T60 DNP DNP WD DNP T52
HSBC Champions T19 DNP T29 T21 T46

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[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2001 U.S. Open results
  2. ^ "Thongchai Jaidee". Retrieved 2012-06-07. 

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