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Golf: Two-time winner Thongchai joins cast at Malaysian Open

Thongchai Jaidee, 45, remains the only two-time winner of the Maybank Malaysian Open since it was co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour from 1999. Photo: Asian Tour.

Thongchai Jaidee, 45, remains the only two-time winner of the Maybank Malaysian Open since it was co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour from 1999. Photo: Asian Tour.

December 22, 2014: Three-time Asian Tour No. 1 Thongchai Jaidee has joined a star-studded field at the 54th edition of the Maybank Malaysian Open, which will be held at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) from February 5-8, 2015.

 

Thongchai is one of only three players ever to win back-to-back Malaysian Open titles, achieving the feat in 2004 and 2005, with the latter including a hole-in-one in the final round.

 

The 45-year-old Thai, who captained Team Asia at the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia this March, will join defending champion Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell and Victor Dubuisson at the US$3 million event, which has been co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour since 1999.

 

Thongchai started his professional career at the age of 30 and after winning the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit two years later, he created history by becoming the first Thai to play in all four rounds at the US Open.

 

He became the first ever Thai to complete all four rounds at The Open Championship at St Andrew’s in 2005 and became the second Thai to play at Augusta National Golf Club in 2006. This year he won his sixth European Tour title by beating Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher in a playoff at the Nordea Masters in Sweden.

 

Thongchai is currently 44th on the Official World Golf Ranking and finished 22nd in The 2014 Race to Dubai money list.

 

Thongchai and Westwood, who first won the title in 1997, are bidding to become the event’s second three-winner, following Terry Gale of Australia who achieved the feat in 1983, 1985 and 1987.

 

Source: Asian Tour (www.asiantour.com); Editing by SportAsia

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