Thai legend Thongchai Jaidee believes that he can win the British Open if his performance from 2009 is anything to go by.
Long regarded as one of the most successful golfers from Asia, Thongchai stamped his mark against the world’s best by finishing in tied-13th at Turnberry two years ago. He headed into the final round four shots off the lead and was on the verge of making history until the blustery conditions blew away his chances.
“Unfortunately, it just was not my day during the final round of 2009, my putting really let me down and it put me out of contention,” said Thongchai.
“This year it’ll all be about remaining confident and letting the positive things happen. I drew a lot from that experience and showed myself that I am good enough to compete against the world’s best in the toughest of conditions,” added the 41-year-old.
Thongchai, who holds the most number of wins on the Asian Tour with 13 titles, is now hoping to seek redemption at Royal St George’s next week.
“After 2009, I feel like my game is good enough to win and my main goal is to stay focused and patient all week,” said Thongchai, who also enjoyed Order of Merit successes in 2001, 2004 and 2009.
“The weather always plays a significant part in this championship and it easy to let it interfere with your focus. In every major championship, I feel it is important to set progressive goals. Making the cut is always the first objective, from there it’s important that I remain focused and be aggressive,” added Thongchai.
The Thai strongman has been Asia’s flag bearer at international events and hopes that his playing experience in Europe will provide him with further confidence in achieving success at the world’s oldest Major.
“After playing in Europe for eight years now, I am well prepared for the tough, windy conditions. While hitting onto the green is always important, you need a variety of shots to cope with the conditions and that’s one thing that I’ve been focusing on in my preparations,” said the Thai strongman.
Thongchai will be part of the Asian contingent at the year’s third Major next week. Other Asian Tour members in the field include Korea’s Noh Seung-yul, Thailand’s Prom Meesawat and Prayad Marksaeng, Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing, Japanese veteran Tetsuji Hiratsuka and American Jason Knutzon.
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