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European Tour Article

Jaidee is 1st Thai Winner on European Tour


Thongchai Jaidee. Photo - Getty Images

Thongchai Jaidee went down in the history books on Sunday as the first ever winner of a European Tour event by a golfer from Thailand, when he won the Carlsberg Malaysian Open by two strokes. His hole-in-one on the 16th hole and birdie on the last helped him complete the back nine in just 30 shots. The event, co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, was held at the Saujana Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, where both Friday's and Saturday's rounds were interrupted by torrential rain.
Players finished the third round on Sunday morning then stayed in the same groupings to play the last 18 holes. After completing his first two rounds in only 2 under par, that meant that Jaidee was in the clubhouse on 14 under for an hour before the tournament's early leaders arrived on the 18th green. Runner-up, Australian Brad Kennedy needed a birdie at the last to force a playoff but ended up with bogey after firing his second shot into the trees.


Brad Kennedy. Photo - Getty Images


Thomas Levet. Photo - Getty Images

It was a great day for Thai golf as two of Thongchai Jaidee's countrymen also finished in the top five. Chawalit Plaphol and Prayad Marksaeng shared third place with Frenchman, Thomas Levet, two shots further back on 278. Miguel Angel Jimenez continues his good season, finishing tied for sixth place with the young englishman, Andrew Marshall. The Spaniard's earnings took him above Ernie Els to the top of the Volvo Order of Merit.
South Korea's Sung-Man Lee led going into the final round but could only manage a disastrous 77 on the last day to finish tied for eighth place with 7 under par 281.


Sung-Man Lee. Photo - Getty Images

 

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