Thongchai Jaidee, from Thailand, takes the Porsche European Open trophy, carding a flawless last round at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany.
Thongchai becomes the oldest ever winner of the Porsche European Open title, taking that honor over from Colin Montgomery.
Shooting a bogey free final round of -4 under par 67, the overnight leader Thongchai won by just one shot with his tournament total -17 under par, and was happy to have held off the challenge from Graeme Storm;
“It’s a very special week for me, it is the third time I have won outside of Asia, so I’m very excited about that and I’m happy to win this tournament.”
“I’m feeling very confident at the moment. I didn’t make many mistakes this week, only one bogey all week. I played very nicely and 17 under is some score for me.”
“I liked the golf course. It’s not very long and you have to keep it in play.”
“Graeme Storm played very well too. It was very exciting on the last three holes.”
“The 18th is tough and you can’t miss the fairway. I had to go left and then it was a good chip and a good putt at the last to win.”
Graeme Storm was second, with his -16 under par total, he also carded -4 under par 67 in the final round to stay one shot behind. His finish secured his Tour card for next year, but better putting would have won him the tournament;
“I’m very pleased. To finish second like in Switzerland last year is disappointing but I’ve secured my card and I’ve got a job again for next year.”
“That was the main thing at the start of the week and today as well.”
“Maybe I could have holed a few more putts and the title would be mine, but congratulations to Thongchai, he made a great up and down on the last.
I felt I played great today under pressure. I was nervous out there.”
“Yesterday I didn’t play great but I hung in there, but today I played great and missed a few chances. It wasn’t meant to be.”
“The chip on the last was important. I didn’t want to make bogey there after 17. I knew Pelle was coming up 18 and he was going to be one behind if I missed that, so it was vital to finish second on my own and I’m looking forward to trying to qualify for The Race to Dubai final rather than having to go to Q-School.”
“It’s amazing to think all of a sudden I might be able to qualify for that.”
Pelle Edberg finished in third place at -14 under par, a last round -2 under par 69 not good enough to challenge for the title.