Jaidee Wins 7th European Title
Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee recorded the seventh European Tour title of his career with three straight pars down the stretch to avoid a playoff with Graeme Storm, who bogeyed No. 17 to lose by a stroke.
Jaidee fired a bogey-free 67 on Sunday to wrap up the victory, finishing 17-under for the tournament. Over the final 25 holes of the tournament, Jaidee was 8-under with eight birdies and no bogeys.
Storm also shot a 67 on Sunday, but for the second straight day a late-round mistake cost him. On Saturday, it was a bogey on No. 18 that knocked him out of a tie for the lead. The victory moved Jaidee up to No. 8 in the Race to Dubai standings as he racked up 333,330 points with the win.
Sweden’s Pelle Edberg finished third at 14-under.
With the win, Jaidee became the oldest ever winner of the Porsche European Open, at age 45 years, 323 days, breaking the record of Colin Montgomerie, who was 44 years, 15 days in 2007.
It is Jaidee’s 20th win as a professional – seven on the European Tour and 13 on the Asian Tour.
A recap of the first three rounds follows:
Day One: Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger and France’s Benjamin Hebert held the early lead with matching 64s. Wiesberger notched seven birdies overall without a bogey, while Hebert hit three of his first five holes for birdie and had just one bogey, on No. 7.
Day Two: South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel fired a 66, his second in a row, to take over the lead to top Darren Fichardt by two strokes. Schwartzel became the first player to reach 10-under for the tournament after starting the day two strokes back of Hebert and Wiesberger. Fichardt shot an 2-under to reach 8-under for the tournament.
Day Three: Thongchai Jaidee took the lead by one stroke after carding a 7-under 64 with eight birdies against just a single bogey, climbing 14 spots on the leaderboard in the process. At 13-under through 54 holes, he briefly lost the lead when Ross Fisher fired in a 30-foot birdie on No. 11, but the Englishman bogeyed No. 15 and 16 to fall behind, dropping into a second-place tie with Pelle Edberg, who fired a 63 on the day, and Graeme Storm.