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.

Nedbank Golf Challenge. Donaldson Dominates.

Jamie Donaldson dominates at the Nedbank Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa.

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Jamie carded a -5 under par 67 in round three of the Nedbank Golf Challenge to lead the tournament at -16 under par, a three shot advantage going into the final round. It would have been a shot more had he not bogeyed the 17th hole, he said he was between clubs;

“I was in between clubs and it put me in trouble but in the end I came out with a good five. I’m still in a strong position and I’ve got to go out there tomorrow and play really good golf.  It’s a tough field, a lead of three doesn’t mean much among these guys.”

Thomas Björn and Ryan Moore are tied in second place at -13 under par, Thomas thinks he still has a chance tomorrow in the final round, if he can go low;

“I got off to a good start and played solid golf. That’s what you need to do on this course. If I can shoot 66 or 67 tomorrow, I’ll give myself a chance. But you have to play sensible golf, not try and chase down the leader.”

Ryan, a recent winner on the US PGA Tour, carded a -3 under par 33 front nine, before picking up two further shots on the back to complete a -5 under par 67 third round.

Five shots off the lead at -11 under par for the tournament are Thongchai Jaidee, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson.

Henrik will be ruing his compounded error, twice finding the water en route to a double bogey seven at the par four ninth hole.

Sergio produced one of the shots of the day, to chip in for an Eagle 3 at the par five 14th hole, and followed that with birdies at 16 and 17. While Thongchai went bogey free in his round of -6 under par 66.

Volvo World Match Play Championship. G-Mac Wins

G-MacGraeme McDowell, won the Volvo World Match Play Championship. beating Thongchai Jaidee 2&1 in the final round at Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort in Bulgaria.

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Graeme had to come from behind to beat Thongchai Jaidee in the final round of the Volvo World Match Play, he was last years runner-up, and was determined to go one better this year. One down at the turn G-Mac had a winning streak of three wins in four holes, which was enough for him to lift the Trophy.

G-Mac was elated to finally add his name to the illustrious trophy;

 ” Obviously a nice day and a great trophy. I talked about it all week about the prestige of this event and how many great champions, and nice to add my name to that list of legends. We talked a lot about what Volvo have done with this event, what they have done with golf around the world and coming to Bulgaria this week obviously was a brave move, but I think it’s paid off. Sitting here with the trophy I’m going to say great things about the place but I think if you talk to all the players, I think everyone enjoyed themselves, everyone enjoyed the golf course. It was a little bit more tentative this afternoon. It was tough to keep that level of golf up all weekend, and the key putts really this afternoon were with the par saves on nine and ten , they were massive.  I sensed from Thongchai after that that he was starting to fatigue a little bit; I really sensed a bit of an opening. I just had to hit the shots and I did that well coming down the stretch. The mistake he made on 14 and then the birdie I made on 15 was really the telling stuff. ”

“Like I say, it’s great to put my name on the trophy. I’m looking across to see Montgomerie and Westwood just popping off the trophy at me, great European Tour legends, Palmer, Nicklaus, Player, the history of this event, it’s fantastic. This feels really, really like a special win. I’m sure Volvo are going to work hard to take this tournament from strength to strength and get it back as one of the premiere events, one of the special events on The European Tour season, which it needs to be. Els, Montgomerie, Westwood, Ballesteros, Norman, Lyle, Faldo, Player, Palmer, it’s just crazy stuff really. To thrust yourself into that – to have your name on a trophy this cool is pretty special.I’ll drink a couple of cold ones tonight and enjoy this. This is a special moment in my career, no doubt about it. Wins are super special, two in five weeks, that’s great. I’m feeling pretty good right now.”

Final Results, winners in Blue.

Semi Finals

RSA Thomas AIKEN 3&2 Thongchai JAIDEE THA




THA Thongchai JAIDEE 2&1 Graeme MCDOWELL NIR



Volvo World Match Play Championship

Results after the opening round of the Volvo World Match Play Championship on the European Tour at the Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort in Bulgaria. The biggest upset of the day was Thongchai Jaidee beating Ian Poulter 3&2 in the Pool Gabrielsson.  Poults now has to beat Thomas Aitken tomorrow to progress through to the knock-out rounds. Although it must have come as a bit of a shock to Poults, regarded as the King of match-play, he said it was no drama;

“No dramas. He’s a great player but I gave him holes today and you don’t do that in match play, it’s dead simple. It’s a tough golf course where if you hit a couple of errant shots then you’re going to be struggling to be back in the hole. If you miss a couple of shots then it’s very penal and it’s hard to put your opponent back under pressure. But I’ll be fine. It’s not often you lose in match play and everything is fine.”

Ian Poulter lost to Thongchai Jaidee on Thursday in the first round at the Volvo Match Play, but is still alive due to the group format of the event.

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Another player with work to do is Nicolas Colsaerts, the defending Champion,who lost his opening match to Branden Grace. He has to beat Kiradech Aphibarnrat to progress. Nicolas also remarked that he was lucky the first matches were not knock-out;

” I know that if I have a good game tomorrow then at least I’m in a playoff. I’ve got the possibility to go through, that’s the consolation of the format.”

Other results are as follows, winners in blue:









Arizona and Snow, not two words that usually go together !!!

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Snow in Arizona, and the caddies had a snowball fight. / Getty Images

Heavy snow in the Arizona desert reduced the WGC Accenture Match Play tournament to less than four hours’ play on the opening day at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain.

Early on in the freezing temperatures, Sergio Garcia was able to get the tournament off on time at an unearthly time of  7.25 am, and amazingly he was on the 16th green and two up against Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, when the action was called off. Sergio was possibly one putt away from victory, but he, like everybody else was just happy to retreat to the warmth of the clubhouse.

This tournament does have the ability to make up a lot of lost time, with the likeliest scenario now being that the third round and quarter-finals will both be staged on Saturday, play will now resume at 08:30 am on Thursday.

This tournament is now on hold.

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Justin Jogs Along


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Justin Rose jogged through the third round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship with a -4 under par round of 68. He now has a two shot lead over the field. Jamie Donaldson is in second place at -10 under par after his third round score of -3 69, he shares second spot with Thorbjorn Olesen.

Thongchai Jaidee is alone in fourth place at -9 under par following his marvelous round of -6 under par, 66. New Zealand’s Michael Campbell is still showing some interest in this tournament, he now at -7 under par, five shots off the pace going into the last round.

Justin was pretty candid with his comments;

“I came here with no expectations, I came here to see where my game is at. Anybody who wins this week, they have beaten the Number One and Number Two in the world. You can say you’ve beaten the best. I believe that any tournament I tee up in I can win.”

Jaime Donaldson had a victory last year in the Irish Open, so far that is his only triumph, but he is feeling confident here;

“I feel pretty good, I played some great recovery shots out there. It was another tough day out there, even though there wasn’t much wind. I couldn’t have really scored much better than that.”

Thorbjorn Olesen won the Sicilian Open last year, and is also full of confidence;

“I won last year and that gave me a lot of confidence, and I had a few second places. So I’m learning in every tournament, and it’s been a really good process the last three years. Hopefully I can make a few birdies tomorrow and make it exciting.”

David Howell, is at -8 under par, his last victory was  in 2006 at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, but has kind of dropped off the radar since then. David commented about his record in this tournament;

 “I’ve never really played well here, a couple of top twenties I think maybe. But if I can have a great day tomorrow obviously I can post a very good total. I’ve played really consistently for the best part of a year and I’m playing some of the best golf I ever have really. I’m just coming from a low position. It’s hard to fight your way back up there, but I’m doing it bit by bit and a big finish or a win would go a long way to taking me right back to where I want to be.”

I honestly don’t think David, or anyone can catch Justin, with the mood that he is in. He was relegated to fifth in the Official World Golf Rankings by Louis Oosthuizen’s victory in South Africa last week, Justin would take the position back by lifting a title worth €336,725.