French Open. Thongchai Jaidee Wins.

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Thongchai Jaidee, from Thailand, wins the French Open at Le Golf National in Paris.

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Jubilant Thongchai easily won his 8th European Tour title, the French Open, carding a final round -3 under par 68 for a -11 under par total and a four shot winning margin.

Thongchai spoke about perfection this week, including good putting;

“I think this is the biggest tournament in my life. This golf course is fantastic for me, I’m really happy with that. Absolutely perfect.”

“I’m very happy to have my family here this week together and also really happy to win the tournament here.”

“I know the golf course is fantastic. I’ve been here many, many years and I think especially this week, it’s a special week for me to win the tournament out here.”

“Sometimes you need one perfect week. You can’t do well every week. This week is my perfect week because I didn’t miss much.”

“Anything I missed, I found I could lay up and make a good shot and make par and that’s it.”

“It’s my biggest win ever, I played great this week, no complaints at all.”

“I had Rory two shots behind me but I tried to play my own game, hit a lot of fairways and greens and I knew this week I was putting well.”

Francesco Molinari, from Italy claimed second place at -7 under par, his last round -5 under par 66 was the low round of the day, and it took him up the leaderboard.

World number four Rory McIlroy could do nothing in the final round, signing for an even par 71 leaving in him third position at -6 under par, and five shots off the pace of Thongchai.

French Open. Thongchai Jaidee Takes Over at the Top.

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Thongchai Jaidee takes over at the top of the French Open leaderboard at Le Golf National in Paris.

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Thongchai carded a third round -3 under par 68 for a 54 hole French Open total of -8 under par, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow

Rory McIlroy  and Jeunghun Wang, who both scored -1 under 70 today, share second place at -6 under par.

Jeunghun was a little upset with his bogey’s, but was still having fun;

“I had a great front nine with my four birdies.”

“I had three bogeys and I felt a little bit down, but that’s okay, I have tomorrow.”

“I don’t have any pressure right now. Before I did but not anymore. I’ll just try to enjoy this golf course and try to make birdie every time.”

Rory admits his game is fragile;

“I just could not get anything going on the front nine and with the way I’m feeling with my game, if it’s good it’s very good but if it’s bad it’s hard to get out of it.”

“It shows the fragile state of my game at the moment but to come back the way I did was really pleasing. It was more resilience than anything.”

“I’ve hit enough good shots this week to know it’s possible and I just needed to find a spark and get something going.”

Defending Champion Bernd Wiesberger is still in a good place, he just needs to make more putts. A third round of -1 under par giving him a -5 under par tournament total, just three shots back in fourth place;

“My position couldn’t be any better. I’m right up there. I have played well on Sundays here so everything is in place.”

“I’ll just get a good rest for tomorrow and try to continue where I left off today, just hitting solid shots.

“Maybe getting a bit closer to the hole and making some putts at the right time.”

French Open. Rory McIlroy Makes His Mark.

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Rory McIlroy makes his mark at the French Open moving into a share of the lead, with Mikko Ilonen, Thongchai Jaidee, Brandon Stone and Jeunghun Wang.

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Rory shot  a second round -5 under par 66 to join the leaders at the top pf the French Open leaderboard on that score. Jeunghun also had -5 under today, to share the low round of the day score, while Brandon and Mikko shot -3 under 68, and Thongchai recorded -1 under at Le Golf National course in Paris.

The difference for Rory today was the putting;

“I putted well, I felt like I putted nicely. There were still a couple of putts that didn’t quite drop but it felt good out there.”

“Today was a good day, I played well. I kept the ball in play, I drove it well, hit fairways, hit a lot of greens. That’s sort of what you need to do around this golf course.”

“There were good shots but I’m not really just focusing on the target. I’m focusing on what I’m doing here.”

“In a way it’s nice to go into contention and not really be thinking about the result.”

“It’s a nice thing to have to just be thinking about your swing and thinking about what you need to do here to obviously get the ball close to the hole out there.”

“It’s a work-in-progress.”

“I need two more days like that over the weekend to have a chance and try to win. But I’ve put myself in a good position.”

Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger, level par 71 today, shares sixth place with Nicolas Colsaerts and Anders Hansen, who both carded -3 under 68 today, all at -4 under par, and just one shot off the lead.



French Open. Lucas Bjerregaard Leads.

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Lucas Bjerregaard leads the 100th edition of the French Open after the first round in Paris at Le Golf National course.

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Lucas, from Denmark, had to play with brand new clubs after his set were lost in transit (probably stolen). It did not affect his game, a hole in one at the 210 yard par three, second hole, setting him on his way to an opening -5 under par 66, and to top the French Open leaderboard by one shot;

“I got a little momentum off that hole-in-one there and it was nice to back it up on the holes after and nice to shoot a good number today.”

“It’s a great start and I think that’s what I’ve been needing these last few past weeks,.

 “I’ve been playing decent and seeing a lot of improvements. I just haven’t really put any  good rounds together.”

Four players are tied in second place at -4 under par following their first rounds of 67,   Bernd WiesbergerThongchai Jaidee,Thomas Pieters and Adrian Otaegui.

Bernd felt he was in control of the ball all day;

“I stepped over the ball and I felt like I knew what it’s going to do on any club and therefore I’m pretty pleased with my first round.”

“All aspects of the game were quite good today and therefore I’m pretty pleased with the round.”

“It wasn’t easy, we had a bit of rain and the wind was up. But I felt comfortable.”

“You never know how it’s going to turn out the following year, but every time I come back here, I enjoy playing this place.”

“I was doing the right things today, hitting good tee shots and got myself into position, and that’s the key around here.”

World number four Rory McIlroy could only manage an opening round of level par 71 while  Masters tournament winner Danny Willett slumped to a +4 over par 75.

BMW Masters. Jaidee Enjoys 54 Hole Lead.

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Thongchai Jaidee, from Thailand, enjoys a 54 hole lead at the BMW Masters tournament in China.

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A third round -6 under par 66 at Lake Malaren Golf Club helped Thongchai to take over at the top of the BMW Masters leaderboard with a -15 under par total. A win here would close the gap at in the Race to Dubai competition, so tomorrow is a very important day;

The key for Thongchai will be his iron play, and of course putting;

“If I play well like this and keep performing like this, I have a good chance. But golf, you never know what you’re feeling tomorrow for the 72 holes.”

 “My iron play, I think that’s the key, and putting. Tomorrow I’m going to play my own game.”

 “I played well, we hit a lot of greens. I think today we putted well.”

“I think my game plan this week is good. I’ve hit irons well, I’m working on putting and that’s what gave me very good confidence for today.”

“Six under is a very good score.”

“Tomorrow is a very big day.”

South Korean An Byeong-Hun, Sergio Garcia from Spain, and Lucas Bjerregaard from Denmark share second place, just one shot back at -14 under par.

Sadly the biggest news did not include golf, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson posted his reaction to the terror attack in Paris on Instagram.


Porsche European Open. Thongchai Takes The Trophy.

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Thongchai Jaidee, from Thailand, takes the  Porsche European Open trophy, carding a flawless last round at  Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany.

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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.

Porsche European Open. Thai Thongchai Leads

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Thai Thongchai Jaidee leads the Porsche European Open after the third round at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany.

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Thongchai rose to the top of the leaderboard with a -7 under par 64 in the third round of the Porsche European Open, with a total of -13 under par, and will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Thongchai said he had played well for all three rounds, but today he putted better;

“I played solid all three rounds but today I putted much better.”

“You have to have good tee shots here as the greens are tricky. I enjoy playing this course and my game is good right now.” 

“I’m confident and I hit a lot of good shots. The course is not very long so being in position is important.” 

“I’ve been confident with my irons and I’ve got a good score. Seven under is very good for me today – I’ve not had seven under for a long time.” 

“Normally I’ve been about four under par, but the greens are soft and I can attack the pins here.”

Three players share second place at -12 under par, Ross Fisher, Pelle Edberg and Graeme Storm.

Ross and Graeme carded third rounds of -2 under par 69, while Pelle shot the low round of the day, -8 under par 63.

Ross thought he had everything under control, and then it slipped away;

“I felt like I played really well for 11 holes and had it under control.”

“Then I had a loose tee shot on 12 and couldn’t go for it in two, but still had a chance for birdie and then 16 was a poor tee shot, and I was unlucky with the lie.”

“That was the tough one missing the green from that distance, it was criminal. I shouldn’t be doing that.” 

“It would mean a lot to win this trophy again. It’s great that the European Open is back on the schedule, Porsche is a great sponsor that have stepped up and there is so much history with the European Open.” 

“I’m fortunate to have won it before, and I’ve given myself a chance to win it again.”

Graeme was the opposite to Thongchai, he had a bad day with the putter;

“It could have been better today. “

“I should have holed those putts on 11 and 12 but left them short; I seemed to do that quite a lot today.” 

“I was a bit disappointed to finish with a bogey on 18 but the way it panned out, it wasn’t a bad bogey in the end.”

“It would mean everything to win. I’ve done well in European Open’s in the past.”

“A close friend of mine, Kennie Ferrie, managed to win it in 2005 and I finished second so it would be good to bring it back to the north east.”

Jamie Donaldson, Mikko Ilonen and Magnus A Carlsson all tied for fifth on -11 under par, after matching rounds of 67.