Sep 27th, 2015
Porsche European Open Day 4
Thongchai wins as Stormy waters
Words: Daniel Owen Photography: Getty Images
"Where's my 911?"
Graeme Storm took Thongchai Jaidee to the wire at the Porsche European Open, missing out by one shot to the 45 year old Thai player. Both players shot a final round 67, but a bogey on the 17th, Storm’s only dropped shot over the weekend, proved decisive.
Stormy found the water on the par three 17th, while Jaidee parred the final two holes to take the title.
“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," said Storm.
That'll do, Stormy... that'll do...
“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.
“The chip on the last was important. I didn’t want to make bogey there after 17. I knew Pelle was coming up 18 and he was going to be one behind if I missed that, so 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.”
Jaidee won his seventh event on the European Tour, and the former paratrooper enters the top 10 of the Race to Dubai rankings.
“It’s a very special week for me,” said Jaidee. “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.”
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