• Bogey at the 17th proves costly for Graeme Storm
• Jaidee boosts up to No.32 in the world rankings
Thongchai Jaidee claimed his seventh European Tour title after a bogey-free final round saw him pip Graeme Storm at the Porsche European Open.
The Thai held a one-shot overnight lead but was level with Storm after both birdied the par-4 15th. But the par-3 17th proved to be the Englishman’s undoing after he found water of the tee and his subsequent bogey tsaw Jaidee gain the upper hand and he held firm to take home the title on 17-under-par.
"I didn’t make many mistakes this week" - Thongchai Jaidee
“It’s a very special week for me,” said Jaidee, who was risen up to No.32 in the world rankings. “It is the third time I have won outside of Asia, so I’m very excited about that and I’m happy to win this tournament.
“I’m feeling very confident at the moment. I didn’t make many mistakes this week – only one bogey all week. I played very nicely and 17-under is some score for me.”
Despite his bogey at the 17th, Storm also carded a four-under-par final round to finish one shot back from Jaidee, and he was pleased with his efforts throughout the tournament, which returned to the European Tour schedule for the first time since 2009.
“I’m very pleased,” he said. “To finish second like in Switzerland last year is disappointing but I’ve secured my card and I’ve got a job again for next year.
“That was the main thing at the start of the week and today as well. Maybe I could have holed a few more putts and the title would be mine, but congratulations to Thongchai, he made a great up and down on the last.
"It wasn’t meant to be but it was vital to finish second on my own and I’m looking forward to trying to qualify for the Race to Dubai final rather than having to go to Q-School.”
With his win and Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s two wins at the Paul Lawrie Match Play and Shenzhen International, it marks the first time that Thai golfers have won three events in a European Tour season.
Thongchai Jaidee :: European Open champ
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