Thongchai Jaidee (Thai: ธงชัย ใจดี; RTGSThongchai 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 was the first man to win US$2 million, US$3 million, US$4 million, and US$5 million on the Asian Tour in prize money.

Thongchai Jaidee
ธงชัย ใจดี
Thongchai Jaidee.jpg
Personal information
Full nameThongchai Jaidee
Born (1969-11-08) 8 November 1969 (age 50)
Lopburi, Thailand
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb; 9.9 st)
Nationality Thailand
ResidenceLopburi, Thailand
SpouseNamfon Latkrathok (m. 1998)
ChildrenTitituch, Kittituch
Career
Turned professional1999
Current tour(s)European Tour
Asian Tour
Professional wins20
Highest ranking27 (3 January 2016)[1]
(as of 9 February 2020)
Number of wins by tour
European Tour8
Asian Tour13 (2nd all time)
Other3
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT37: 2014
PGA ChampionshipT36: 2009
U.S. OpenT47: 2010
The Open ChampionshipT13: 2009
Achievements and awards
Asian Tour
Order of Merit
2001, 2004, 2009

Jaidee did not start playing golf until he was sixteen, and he later went into the Royal Thai Army where he was a paratrooper in special forces. 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.[2] 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 Asia. He shot a final round one over 72, but won by a single stroke from four other players.[3]

Jaidee qualified for the 2015 Presidents Cup squad for the first time and in doing so became the first player from Thailand to earn the honor.

In September 2015, Jaidee won his seventh European Tour title at the Porsche European Open in Germany by a single stroke over Englishman Graeme Storm. Jaidee held the 54 hole lead by a stroke and shot a 67 in the final round to claim victory.

Jaidee claimed his eighth European Tour victory in July 2016, with a four stroke victory at the Open de France. He shot weekend rounds of 68-68, which included a run of 39 holes without a bogey and moved him clear of the chasing pack. Jaidee became the oldest winner of the tournament, at the age of 46, since it became part of the European Tour in 1972.

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 (20)Edit

European Tour wins (8)Edit

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   Brad Kennedy
2 20 Feb 2005 Carlsberg Malaysian Open1 (2) −21 (64-66-67-70=267) 3 strokes   Jyoti Randhawa
3 1 Mar 2009 Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open1 −12 (71-69-67-69=276) 2 strokes   Simon Dyson,   Alexander Norén,
  Steve Webster
4 26 Apr 2009 Ballantine's Championship1 −4 (66-71-77-70=284) Playoff   Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño,   Kang Sung-hoon
5 3 Jun 2012 ISPS Handa Wales Open −6 (71-68-67-72=278) 1 stroke   Thomas Bjørn,   Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño,
  Joost Luiten,   Richard Sterne
6 1 Jun 2014 Nordea Masters −16 (69-70-68-65=272) Playoff   Victor Dubuisson,   Stephen Gallacher
7 27 Sep 2015 Porsche European Open −17 (68-68-64-67=267) 1 stroke   Graeme Storm
8 3 Jul 2016 Open de France −11 (67-70-68-68=273) 4 strokes   Francesco Molinari

1Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour

European Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2009 Ballantine's Championship   Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño,   Kang Sung-hoon Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2014 Nordea Masters   Victor Dubuisson,   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   Craig Kamps
2 18 Mar 2001 Wills Indian Open −17 (67-69-69-66=271) 1 stroke   Ross Bain
3 10 Feb 2002 London Myanmar Open −11 (69-70-69-69=277) Playoff   Edward Loar
4 14 Dec 2003 Volvo Masters of Asia −19 (71-64-65-65=265) 1 stroke   Lin Keng-chi
5 15 Feb 2004 London Myanmar Open (2) −12 (69-72-66-69=276) 3 strokes   Andrew Pitts
6 22 Feb 2004 Carlsberg Malaysian Open1 −14 (71-71-64-68=274) 2 strokes   Brad Kennedy
7 20 Feb 2005 Carlsberg Malaysian Open1 (2) −21 (64-66-67-70=267) 3 strokes   Jyoti Randhawa
8 17 Dec 2006 Volvo Masters of Asia (2) −11 (68-68-69-72=277) 1 stroke   Frankie Miñoza
9 7 Dec 2008 Hana Bank Vietnam Masters −15 (67-69-70-67=273) Playoff   Rhys Davies,   Andrew Dodt
10 14 Dec 2008 Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open −24 (68-66-64-66=264) 6 strokes   Lam Chih Bing
11 1 Mar 2009 Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open1 −12 (71-69-67-69=276) 2 strokes   Simon Dyson,   Alexander Norén,
  Steve Webster
12 26 Apr 2009 Ballantine's Championship1 −4 (66-71-77-70=280) Playoff   Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño,
  Kang Sung-hoon
13 12 Dec 2010 Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open (2) −21 (70-67-65-65=267) 4 strokes   Kenichi Kuboya

1Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

Asian Tour playoff record (3–0)[4]

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2002 London Myanmar Open   Edward Loar Won with par on first extra hole
2 2008 Hana Bank Vietnam Masters   Rhys Davies,   Andrew Dodt Won with par on third extra hole
Dodt eliminated after second extra hole
3 2009 Ballantine's Championship   Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño,   Kang Sung-hoon Won with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (3)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open T74
The Open Championship WD T52 T13
PGA Championship CUT CUT CUT T36
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Masters Tournament WD T37 55 57
U.S. Open T47 CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship CUT CUT T77 T32 T39 T65 T22 T27
PGA Championship CUT CUT T47 CUT CUT T73 CUT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 11 8
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 3
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 2 32 16
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2016 Masters – 2017 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Match Play
Mexico Championship T57 T66 T41 60 T9 T23
Bridgestone Invitational T32 T58 T46
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Mexico Championship T56 T6 69
Match Play QF R64 R64 T34 T28 T39
Bridgestone Invitational T60 WD T52 T57 T63
HSBC Champions T19 T29 T21 T46 T41 T11 T30
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

Team appearancesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Week 01 2016 Ending 3 Jan 2016" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  2. ^ 2001 U.S. Open results
  3. ^ "Thongchai Jaidee". Retrieved 2012-06-07.
  4. ^ "Tournament Results – Thongchai Jaidee". Where2Golf. Retrieved 10 January 2020.

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