Thongchai marks career milestone

April 12: Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand etched another milestone in his career when he safely made the cut at the Masters Tournament for the first time in three attempts after a second round two-over-par 74 on Friday.

The Black Mountain sponsored player carded two birdies against four bogeys for a three-over-par 147 total, which put him in a share of 37th place in the year’s opening Major.

It was the first time the former Asian Tour number one has made the halfway cut at the Masters following two previous appearances, becoming the first Thai to achieve the feat at Augusta National.

“I played quite well today. My overall game was good but my putting has been a bit below my usual standard but the greens here are never easy,” said Thongchai.

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

Former Masters champion Bubba Watson leads the halfway stage by three shots on 137.