Munich, Germany: Thongchai Jaidee won his seventh European Tour title with a flawless final round showing at the Porsche European Open.
The Thai star led by one overnight, and ground down those chasing him with a steady four-under-par 67.
Graeme Storm maintained the most substantial challenge, but found water off the 17th tee and, although he managed to save par from 10 feet at the last, Thongchai clung on with a neat up-and-down at the 18th.
“It’s a very special week for me,” said Thongchai. “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. I liked the golf course. It’s not very long and you have to keep it in play.
“Graeme Storm played very well too. It was very exciting on the last three holes. The 18th is tough and you can’t miss the fairway. I had to go left and then it was a good chip and a good putt at the last to win.”
Thongchai’s four birdies – three of which came on Golf Resort Bad Griesbach’s par-fives – saw him finish 17-under, one ahead of Storm.
The victory takes the former paratrooper into the top-10 on The Race to Dubai and within touching distance of the top-30 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Allied with Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s success in China and at the Saltire Paul Lawrie Match Play, it means Thai golfers have won three European Tour events in a season for the first time.
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