Thai star Thongchai Jaidee will attempt to rewrite the history books when he steps up to the tee at The Open which gets underway at the Home of Golf in St Andrews today.

The Open remains the Holy Grail for Asia as the closest the region has come to lifting the exclusive Claret Jug was in 1971 where Chinese Taipei’s Lu Liang-huan finished runner-up to Lee Trevino at Royal Birkdale.

In recent years, Black Mountain sponsored player Thongchai came close when he finished tied-13th at the 2009 edition in Turnberry.

The three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit champion will have another shot at glory with his confidence bolstered by four top-10s including two runner-up finishes in Thailand and England this season.

“I’m feeling confident and it’s very exciting to be back here in St Andrews. The weather will play a very important role as it’s going to be very windy.

“It is going to be challenging to control your ball under such conditions. But I’m experienced enough to know what to do now,” said Thongchai, who is ranked 33rd in the world.

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