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THONGCHAI LOOKS FORWARD TO BREAK AFTER OPEN EXIT
St Andrews: Thai star Thongchai Jaidee was looking forward to a break after signing off from the British Open with a disappointing five-over-par 77 on Saturday morning.
After spending nearly two-month abroad, the reigning Asian Tour number one said he was disappointed to miss the halfway cut in the year’s third Major at St Andrews, the Home of Golf.
Like many, the 40-year-old’s hopes were hit hard by buffeting winds in the second round on Friday. He returned to the Old Course early today to complete four holes where he double bogeyed the 17th Road Hole.
“I actually played better than in the first round. But yesterday was really tough, it was unplayable. I had two doubles, one bogey and no birdies. I putted better but it was too late. Yesterday’s conditions were unbelievable,” said Thongchai.
“I’m going to take a good rest now for three weeks after playing in the US and Europe for the past nine weeks. My golf feels okay. I’ll go home and get fresh again for the PGA Championship next month.”
Thongchai, the first man to win three Order of Merit crowns in Asia, felt that he should have taken advantage of the opening round when conditions were fairer.
“I should have done better in the first round. The pins were tough. In two rounds, I only shot one birdie which was disappointing. It was probably the hardest winds I’ve played in Europe yesterday. In the crosswinds, it was so tough to control the ball. I think there were only a few players under par,” said the Thai.
“I wasn’t thinking about the cut mark at all. With the conditions, I was just trying to keep the ball in play. Sometimes you can’t stand straight and you cannot putt. Into the wind, it was extremely difficult. The ball was shaking on some greens as well which throws you off.”
With one Major remaining this season, Thongchai said that he would prepare well for the PGA Championship, won last year by Korea’s Y.E. Yang.
“I’ll look forward to the PGA now. I hope to do better. My swing feels okay. My back has been a bit sore since last week and I’ve been going to the physio everyday. So a break will be good,” said Thongchai.