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Most of us get bogged down when we age. As the years pass by, our youth and energy fade but for Thai veteran Golfer Thongchai Jaidee, the story is different. At the age of 52, he scripted history in the world of Golf.
Thongchai Jaidee wrote a slice of golf history by becoming the first Thai golfer to win on PGA Tour Champions following a one-stroke victory over Tom Pernice Jr of the US at the American Family Insurance Championship.
Tied for the overnight lead, the 52-year-old Thongchai signed off with a 4-under 68 for a winning total of 14-under 202 at University Ridge – The University of Wisconsin Golf Course to earn his maiden victory on U.S. soil in what was his 19th career start on PGA TOUR Champions.
Jerry Kelly and 36-hole co-leader Miguel Angel Jimenez were amongst four players who finished tied third.
“I’m really very happy with the tournament here. Sometimes everything has to be perfect, you can’t expect you can win … I’m very happy,” said a jubilant Thongchai, who had earned a place in this week’s tournament after finishing T10 in Iowa last weekend.
With his lowest 54-hole score on PGA TOUR Champions, Thongchai became the first international winner of the American Family Insurance Championship which dates back to 2016 and rose to 12th place on the Charles Schwab Cup standing. He is now exempt on the over-50 circuit through the end of 2023 and also earned a spot in the 2023 Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hualalai.
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