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Thongchai Becomes 1st Thai to Win a PGA Tour Event

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Thongchai Jaidee and his caddy after the big win.

Paratrooper-turned-golfer Thongchai Jaidee became the first Thai to win a PGA Tour event when he captured the trophy at the PGA Tour Champions’ American Family Insurance Championship at University Ridge in the U.S.

Similar to how the former Royal Thai Army conscript used to jump out of planes, Thongchai jumped over either rother golfers tied for first by dropping a birdie putt from twenty feet on the 17th hole and part on No. 18 to claim the title and a first prize of US$360,000. He finished with a 14-under 202 after shooting a 68 on Sunday.

“I’m very, very happy to be on tour the more important thing, I think. I think thank you to my caddie, the important more thing, too, because he helped me a lot. It’s family support, my sponsor supports me for whole life, that’s more important things,” Jaidee said after his round.

“Great tournament here. I played solid, solid, solid week.”

Jaidee moves up to 12th on the Charles Schwab Cup money list having won US$525,043 this year.