Thongchai completes ‘career grand slam’ milestone at Masters

April 12, 2014: Thai legend Thongchai Jaidee enjoyed a career milestone at the Masters Tournament when he safely made the halfway cut with a second round of two-over-par 74 at Augusta National Golf Club.

The popular 44-year-old, who captained Team Asia to a draw with Europe in last month’s EurAsia Cup in Malaysia, carded two birdies against four bogeys to move to three-over, which put him in a share of 37th place in the year’s opening major. American left-hander Bubba Watson held a three-shot lead at seven-under.

It marked the first time Thongchai has made the halfway cut at the Masters, ensuring the three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner completed his ‘career grand slam’ of made cuts in all the majors. Thongchai also became the first Thai to make the cut at at Augusta National, where compatriots Sukree Onsham, Thaworn Wiratchant and Prayad Marksaeng have also competed.

“I played quite well today. My overall game was good, but my putting has been a bit below my usual standard, although the greens here are never easy,” said Thongchai, who has won five times on The European Tour and 13 times on the Asian Tour.

“Making the cut has been my small goal here and now that I’ve done it, I’ll try to keep my form stable. There’s no more pressure.”

Thongchai, who has played twice previously at the Masters, particularly enjoyed a long birdie putt on 10, although he gave the shot straight back on the following hole.

“I holed a long birdie putt on the 10th – it was like a 30 footer,” he said. “I was very short of the green, but I felt great after I holed that.”

Korean star KJ Choi slipped back from tied fifth after the first round to a share of 21st after a second-round 75, despite starting with two early birdies. He also carded four bogeys, one double bogey and added a third birdie on 13 to drop back to one-over.

The halfway cut was at four-over, with Korean duo YE Yang and Bae Sang-moon missing the cut, the latter by one shot following a bogey on 18.

Source: Asian Tour

posted at 13 Apr 2014 08:33:55



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