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Exclusive: ParGolf Interview with Thongchai Jaidee

ParGolf speaks to Thai icon Thongchai Jaidee, who will be leading the local charge in next week’s Thailand Golf ???????????????????????????Championship at Amata Spring.

 

Are you looking forward to playing in the Thailand Golf Championship? What do you think your chances are of winning the event, given the large number of top-ranked players in the field?

I’m waiting for this time of the year to come back and play in front of the home crowds. My chance is always there as you see I’m quite happy with my form this year especially towards the end of the Race To Dubai. I’ll surely give my best shot there.

What do you think of the Amata Spring course?  What are the keys to scoring well there?

It’s one of Thailand’s top courses. The layout is a bit tricky, you will need to have a good tee-off game – that’s my thought.

You just turned 44. How do you stay so fit and keep playing top-class golf?

It’s about discipline – both eating habits and practice routines are keys.

Of your numerous tournament wins, which means the most to you and why?

Probably the Wales Open since that’s the first time I won a European Tour tournament in Europe.

What are your targets for 2014?

Stay fit and healthy and the game will come by itself. Being in the top 50 of the world rankings is sweet.

Which is your favourite Major and why?

Probably The Open, because I’m so familiar with Scotland.

Thailand has produced many good golfers over the years and there are a large number of young talents like Kiradech. What is the secret to Thailand’s golfing success?

I think interest from people is the key. When you have people paying more attention to the game, that’s when you have more people playing the game.

While on tour, you have to be away from home for long stretches of time. Is it tough being away from your family, especially with your sons at their current age?

It’s not that tough – I chat and see their faces through my devices almost every day. My wife and my sons are a huge part of my life.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time while back in Thailand?

Sometimes spending my time seeing my own local businesses in Lop Buri, sometimes giving lessons to the kids at my golf school and golf foundation. And sometimes riding around Lop Buri with my sporty car!

Tell us more about the Thongchai Jaidee Golf School and Jaidee’s House restaurant.

Our golf school has been producing young stars – we will see more coming in the future. I have some boys playing on the Thailand Tour and some girls playing in Thailand and China.

Our restaurant businesses are Thai food and Shabu Shabu. You’re more than welcome to come try when you are in Lop Buri – haha!

Would you consider going into golf course design like other professionals? What do you think would be your trademark design style?

Maybe. I’ve been around the world and see all the golf course types. The course designed by me will be a very tricky one but not necessary a long one.


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