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Name: - Thongchai Jaidee
Country: - Thailand
Born : - Nov 8, 1969 in Lopburi, Thailand (130 km N of Bangkok).
Original Home/Club: - Lopburi, Thailand
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1999

Roll of Honour

Presidents Cup player (2015). Multiple wins on the Asian and European Tours. Asian Tour Order of Merit winner (2001, '04, '09).


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Jaidee turned professional at the age of 30, having previously served in the Royal Thai Army as a paratrooper/ranger. He joined the Asian Tour in 1999 and quickly became a consistent and regular winner, topping the Asian Tour Order of Merit three times in the 2000s. He now holds the record for the most career earnings on the Asian Tour and is second in victories (to Thaworn Wiratchant) having won 13 times.

In 2004 Jaidee became the first player from Thailand to win on the European Tour. A keen footballer in his youth, Jaidee now develops young golfers through his own golf academy, established in his home town of Lopburi.


Top tournaments won by Thongchai Jaidee

2016Men EuropeFrench OpenGolf National273 (-11)€583,330
Played as the Open de France (100th) (Jun 30-Jul 3). Second-placed Francesco Molinari (Italy) finished 4 shots behind Jaidee (Thai), who recorded his eighth European Tour win. [Albatros course, Golf National, Guyancourt, nr Paris].
2015Men EuropeEuropean OpenBad Griesbach267 (-17)€333,330
Played as the Porsche European Open (Sept 24-27; for the first time since 2009). Second-placed Graeme Storm (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Jaidee (Thai), who recorded his seventh European Tour win. [Beckenbauer course, Hartl Resort, Bad Griesbach, Bavaria, Germany].
2014Men EuropeScandinavian MastersPGA Sweden Natl272 (-16)€250,000
Played as the Nordea Masters (May 29-Jun 1). Jaidee (Thai) beat Victor Dubuisson (Fra) and Stephen Gallacher (Scot) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [PGA of Sweden Natl GC, Malmo, Sweden].
2013Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Asian Tr69.46n/a
Jaidee (Thai) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Asian Tour over a minimum of 40 rounds. Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thai) was second with 69.68; Rikard Karlberg (Swe) was third with 70.26.
2012Men EuropeWales OpenCeltic Manor278 (-6)€372,720
Played as the ISPS Handa Wales Open (May 31-Jun 3). Second-placed Thomas Bjørn (Den), Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (Esp), Joost Luiten (Neth) and Richard Sterne (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Jaidee (Thai), who claimed his first European Tour win outside of Asia. [Twenty Ten course, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales].
2011Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Asian Tr69.84n/a
Jaidee (Thai) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Asian Tour over a minimum of 40 rounds, for the fourth straight year. Prayad Marksaeng (Thai) was second with 70.09; Jeev Milkha Singh (India) was third with 70.47.
2010Men AsiaCambodian OpenPhokeethra CC267 (-21)US$47,550
Played as the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open (Dec 9-12; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Kenichi Kuboya (Jpn) finished 4 shots behind Jaidee (Thai), who claimed his 13th Asian Tour title. [Phokeethra CC, Siem Reap, Cambodia].
2010Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Asian Tr68.97n/a
Jaidee (Thai) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Asian Tour over a minimum of 40 rounds, for the third straight year. Seung-yul Noh (S Kor) was second with 69.39.
2009Men AsiaBallantine's Ch'shipPinx GC284 (-4)US$457,249
Played as the Ballantine's Championship (April 23-26; Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Jaidee (Thai) beat Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (Esp) and Sunghoon Kang (S Kor) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Pinx GC, Jeju Island, S Korea].
2009Men AsiaIndonesia OpenNew Kuta276 (-12)US$208,330
Played as the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open (Feb 26-Mar 1; Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Second-placed Simon Dyson (Eng), Alex Noren (Swe) and Steve Webster (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Jaidee (Thai), who claimed his third European Tour win and eleventh Asian Tour victory. [New Kuta GC, Pecatu, Bali].
2009Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Asian Tr69.06n/a
Jaidee (Thai) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Asian Tour over a minimum of 40 rounds, for the second straight year. Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) was second with 69.65; Prayad Marksaeng (Thai) was third with 69.77.
2009Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Asian Tr$981,931see Score
Jaidee (Thai) won his third Asian Tour Order of Merit, with 2009 earnings of US$981,931 on the Tour. Wen-chong Liang (China) was second with $779,580; Anthony Kang (USA) was third with $411,062.
2009Men AwardsPlyrs Plyr of Yr - Asian Trxn/a
Jaidee (Thai) won the Asian Tour Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of his peers.
2008Men AsiaCambodian OpenPhokeethra CC264 (-24)US$47,550
Played as the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open (Dec 11-14; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Chih Bing Lam (Sing) finished 6 shots behind Jaidee (Thai), who claimed his second straight win on the Asian Tour. [Phokeethra CC, Siem Reap, Cambodia].
2008Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Asian Tr69.50n/a
Jaidee (Thai) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Asian Tour over a minimum of 40 rounds.
2008Men AsiaVietnam MastersVietnam G&CC273 (-15)US$79,250
Played as the Hana Bank Vietnam Masters (Nov 22-25; Asian Tr event). Jaidee (Thai) beat Rhys Davies (Wales) with a par at the third playoff hole. Andrew Dodt (Aus) was eliminated at the second playoff hole. [East course, Vietnam G&CC, Ho Chi Min City (Saigon), Vietnam].
2006Men AsiaVolvo Masters (Asia)Thai CC277 (-11)US$104,000
Played as the Volvo Masters of Asia (Dec 14-17; Asian Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Frankie Minoza (Phil) finished 1 shot behind Jaidee (Thai). [Thai CC, Bangkok, Thailand].
2005Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Asian Tr70.02n/a
Jaidee (Thai) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Asian Tour over a minimum of 40 rounds, for the second straight year.
2005Men AsiaMalaysian OpenSaujana G&CC267 (-21)US$201,660
Played as the Carlsberg Malaysian Open (Feb 17-20; Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Second-placed Jyoti Randhawa (India) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Jaidee (Thai). [Palm course, Saujana G&CC, nr Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia].
2004Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Asian Tr69.58n/a
Jaidee (Thai) recorded the season's lowest scoring average on the Asian Tour.
2004Men AsiaMalaysian OpenSaujana G&CC274 (-14)US$201,660
Played as the Carlsberg Malaysian Open (Feb 19-22; Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Second-placed Brad Kennedy (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Jaidee (Thai), who claimed back-to-back Asian Tour wins. Jaidee became the first Thai golfer to win on the European Tour. [Palm course, Saujana G&CC, nr Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia].
2004Men AsiaMyanmar OpenYangon GC276 (-12)US$32,300
Played as the Myanmar Open (Feb 12-15; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Andrew Pitts (USA) finished 3 shots behind Jaidee (Thai), who won this event for the second time in three years. [Yangon GC, Yangon, Myanmar (Rangoon, Burma)].
2004Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Asian Tr$381,930see Score
Jaidee (Thai) won his second Asian Tour Order of Merit, with 2004 season earnings of $381,929 on the Tour. Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) was second with $351,710; Simon Yates (Scot) was third with $310,988.
2004Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - Asian Trxx
Jaidee (thai) won the Johnnie Walker Asian Player of the Year Award.
2004Men AwardsPlyrs Plyr of Yr - Asian Trxx
Jaidee (Thai) won the Asian Tour Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of his peers.
2003Men AsiaVolvo Masters (Asia)Bangkok GC265 (-19)US$90,000
Played as the Volvo Masters of Asia (Dec 11-14; Asian Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Keng-chi Lin (Taiw) finished 1 shot behind Jaidee (Thai). [Bangkok GC, Bangkadi, Bangkok, Thailand].
2002Men AsiaMyanmar OpenYangon GC277 (-11)US$32,300
Played as the London Myanmar Open (Feb 7-10; Asian Tr event). Jaidee (Thai) beat Edward Loar (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Yangon GC, Yangon, Myanmar (Rangoon, Burma)].
2001Men AsiaIndian OpenClassic Rsrt, India271 (-17)US$50,010
Played as the Wills Indian Open (March 15-18; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Ross Bain (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Jaidee (Thai). [Classic Golf Resort, New Delhi, India].
2001Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Asian Tr$353,060see Score
Jaidee (Thai) won the Asian Tour 2001 Davidoff Order of Merit, with earnings of US$353,060 on the Tour. Charlie Wi (S Kor) was second with $315,857; Andrew Pitts (USA) was third with $144,393.
2000Men AsiaKorea OpenHanyang CC278 (-10)
Played as the Kolon Korea Open (Oct 5-8; Asian/Korean Trs event). Second-placed Craig Kamps (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Jaidee (Thai), who recorded his first Asian Tour win. [Hanyang CC, Goyang, nr Seoul, S Korea].

 

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