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Thongchai targets major glory at Hoylake

LONDON - In-form Thai veteran Thongchai Jaidee heads into next week's British Open with his confidence in full bloom as he seeks to challenge the world's best for a major victory.

The triple Asian Tour number one has enjoyed an outstanding run of form with one victory and two top-five finishes in his last four tournaments on European soil to rise to a career high 34th on the world rankings.

With his game in full groove, the 44-year-old star hopes to contend at The Open Championship where his best performance remains a tied 13th finish at Turnberry in 2009.

"Playing at The Open has been very challenging to me. Regardless of how good or bad the form is, if you can’t catch the tempo during the week, then you realise it’s a tough job," he told Asian Tour News.

"For me, coming into the Open is always the same. I keep having the belief that I can shoot better and better scores but I do not want to think too much about the finish position."

Thongchai claimed a second title on European soil at the Nordea Masters in Sweden last month, defeating local hero Henrik Stenson and followed up with a fifth place finish in Germany and a joint second outing at the French Open where he finished one shot shy of winner Graeme McDowell last weekend.

"I still feel great about my game. I’ve been playing up to my expectation especially last week in France. I feel confident going to The Open," said the Thai.

AFP


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