Residence: Lop Buri, Thailand
Amazingly, he didn’t play golf until he was 16 – and it wasn’t until after a stint in the Thai Army as a paratrooper that, at the age of 30 – he finally turned professional. He spent his childhood living in a two storey wooden house which backed onto an Army golf course and – with shades of the great Seve – tied an old 5 iron head to a bamboo stick in order to start hitting some balls.
Thongchai Jaidee came from humble beginnings and he has blazed a trail for golf in Thailand with numerous records to his name. In 2004 he made history as the first Thai golfer to win an event on The European Tour with victory in the Malaysian Open, and then successfully defended the title in 2005. Thongchai was also the first man to win $2 million on the Asian Tour and on making his Masters Tournament debut in 2006, became the first Thai to compete in all four Majors.
He topped the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2001 and 2004 and following victory in the Volvo Masters of Asia in 2006, reached 75 in the Official World Golf Rankings – and 27th in the European Order of Merit. Our photo of Thongchai was taken at the WGC Doral, Florida, in March 2007 where he finished a creditable 23rd.
2008 got off to a great start as Thongchai finished in a tie for second at the UBS Hong Kong Open. Rounds of 65,66,67 and 68 helped him secure his first top1- of the year. However is was not until the Madrid Masters in the later part of the Tour schedule that he secured his other top-10 of the year. These top-10’s teamed with other decent finished allowed Thongchai to finish in 68th place on the Order of Merit. This represented his worst season since joining the Tour in 2003.
Thongchai Jaidee Club History
Below is a selection of clubs used by Thongchai Jaidee throughout his career
Thongchai Jaidee Tournament History
2006 World Golf Championship - American Express Championship
28 September-1 October - American Express WGC - The Grove. From the Ryder Cup matches at the K Club in Ireland, many of the world’s best players headed across the Irish Sea to The Grove in Hertfordshire for the UK leg of the World Golf Championships. With an incredible 23 under par total, Tiger Woods demolished the field to take an astonishing 12th win out of 22 WGC events. Tiger left runners-up Ian Poulter and Adam Scott a very distant eight shots behind. The World Golf Championships are played over five continents – and feature the top 50 players from the Official World Golf Rankings along with top finishers on the money lists of six Tours comprising the International Federation of PGA Tours (PGA TOUR, European Tour, Australasian Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Asian Tour and Southern Africa Tour). The formats vary - match play, strokeplay and team - but the purses are always big. On this occasion, Tiger walked away (or rather flew away in his private jet) with over 1 million Euros. Hardly worth turning up was it?!
In Thongchai Jaidee's bag...In Thongchai's bag at the Amex, Callaway X-Forged irons - although at the rear of the bag he also has a Callaway X-Tour long iron - probably a 3 iron. Callaway X Hot 18 degree fairway wood, Callaway Vintage + wedges, FT-3 driver and Big Bertha Fusion hybrid. There's an OdysseyTriForce #1 underneath the headcover.
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