Birthday boy Thongchai finishes T11 in Shanghai

Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee blew out the candles on his birthday cake with a final round four-under-par 68 and a share of 11th place at the US$8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions on Sunday.

The Black Mountain sponsored player, who turned 46 today, showed no signs of aging as he delivered another commendable performance.

While it may not be good enough to win his first World Golf Championship, Thongchai, who has already claimed his third title on European soil in Germany and made his debut at The Presidents Cup for the International Team this year, is still pleased with his overall efforts.

“It was a very good round today. I played solid and was four-under on the front nine.

“The back nine was going to be tough because of the wind direction. I only had one bogey on 15 and I’m happy to be leaving the tournament on a high note,” said Thongchai.

The evergreen Thongchai will now turn his attention towards building up his physical fitness as he continues his chase towards more glory globally.

“I try to get better every year by working with my coach on my golf swing and making my body stronger.

“It was tough to do that last year because of the injury I was carrying but it’s a lot better this year and I’m going to continue to focus on getting physically fit and ready for next year,” said Thongchai.