Sandwich, United Kingdom: Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee’s British Open campaign ended on a dismal note after he posted a six-over-par 76 for a two-day-total of 11-over-par 151 on Friday.
Thongchai could not conjure a master plan that would spark a quick recovery following an opening 75 and hopes for a better luck of the draw when he makes his return.
“If you get a good draw, you’ll be okay. I had to play under very windy conditions in both of my tee starts and it was tough. It would have been different if I had played on the other side of the draw as the winds were much calmer,” said Thongchai on the unpredictable conditions of the links-style course at Royal St. George’s.
The three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner opened unconvincingly with a bogey on the par-four first and continued to falter with a double-bogey on the fourth hole followed by another two bogeys on the sixth and eighth holes.
After committing another two bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes, Thongchai got a temporary reprieve with three birdies on holes 12, 13 and 14. However, two more bogeys on the 15th and 18th holes meant that he would have to catch the early flight home to Bangkok.
“I’m taking a three-week break after this and going home. I’ll also be making my long overdue visit to my doctor as my back has been giving me some pain,” said Thongchai.
“I believe I need that break and treatment. After that, I’ll return as a stronger player,” added the Thai.
Compatriot Prayad Marksaeng also had a round to forget after he slumped to a 77 following a first round 76.
The 45-year-old was left to search for answers as to why he could not hit top form this week.
“I just couldn’t put my game together over the last two rounds. It’s frustrating and I need to return to the practice grounds to work on my mistakes,” said Prayad.
Meanwhile Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing also failed to find any rhythm on any part of the links course after marking his card with eight bogeys and three birdies.
“I drove the ball really well and they were definitely much better than yesterday. I didn’t hit my irons that great and couldn’t get up and down from a lot of spots around the greens,” said Lam who posted rounds of 76 and 75.
The Singaporean had hoped to play four solid rounds at the start of the week but will now have to wait another year to try again.
“It has been a great experience and I’m going to work really hard to get back in again,” said Lam, who hopes to seek amends with an improved performance at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters next week.
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