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Thai ace Thongchai earns PGA Tour Champions card

Thai ace Thongchai earns PGA Tour Champions card

GOLF: Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee regained his PGA Tour Champions card by finishing tied second in the final stage of the qualifying tournament at TPC Tampa Bay on Friday (Dec 10).

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By Bangkok Post

Sunday 12 December 2021, 03:15PM


Back in the saddle: Thongchai Jaidee has earned a PGA Tour Champions card for the 2022 season. Photo: AFP

Back in the saddle: Thongchai Jaidee has earned a PGA Tour Champions card for the 2022 season. Photo: AFP

The Asian golf legend closed with a final round of four-under-par 67 to finish three shots behind Rob Labritz, who fired a bogey-free 64 to top the class with his 17-under 267 total, reports the Bangkok Post.

David Branshaw carded a 68 to finish alongside Thongchai while Roger Rowland and Tom Gillis also became exempt into open, full-field events for the 2022 PGA Tour Champions (senior tour) season after finishing fourth and fifth.

Thongchai and Branshaw shared runner-up honours at 14 under before the Thai birdied the first play-off hole (No.10) to earn the No.2 spot.

“I performed well this week,” Thongchai said. “I’m putting very well. Everything is better than it was earlier this year. Hopefully I can keep it going.”

Two years ago, Thongchai earned his playing rights on PGA Tour Champions from the qualifying school but the COVID-19 pandemic dashed his hopes of performing well in the over-50 circuit as he missed a large portion of the 2020-21 season due to travel restrictions that kept him in Thailand.

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He did finish strongly at the end of the recent season with two successive top-10 finishes.

“It feels great. I played a solid round, was solid all week and I’ve now got back my tour card. Hopefully next year will be a lot better than this year. COVID affected everything and shut things down. It was very difficult for everyone,” he said.

“In my last two tournaments, I finished top-five and top-10 and it brought my confidence back. I worked very hard before coming over here.

“It’s difficult to get the five cards and I’m happy I did it.”

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