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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Thongchai, a two-time Asian number one, extended his streak of winning in every year since 2000 by claiming the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia title on home soil in 2006. It capped a strong finish to the year where he also notched three other top-three finishes. Enjoyed a career high when he was invited to play in the US Masters in April of 2006, becoming only the second Thai after Sukree Onsham to feature at Augusta National, but missed the halfway cut. Finished second behind Korea's Charlie Wi in the weather-shortened Maybank Malaysian Open in his bid for an historic third straight victory, but found consolation as the runner-up finish made him the first player in Asian Tour history to surpass US$2 million in career earnings. Also finished tied third in the Enjoy Jakarta HSBC Indonesia Open and UBS Hong Kong Open. Enjoyed a solid campaign on the European Tour, finishing 37th on the Order of Merit, and posted a career first Top-10 at the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship in England. The former paratrooper finished second on the Order of Merit in 2005, thanks mainly to his victory in the Malaysian Open. Also made history in July by becoming the first Thai to play in all four rounds of the British Open at St Andrews and finished 54th on the European Order of Merit. In 2004, he won the Myanmar Open and Carlsberg Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned with Europe, back-to-back in February which helped him lift his second career Order of Merit title. The Malaysian triumph made him the first Thai to win on the European Tour and victory was made more memorable as he aced the 16th hole in the final round.. He wrapped up his 2004 season by winning the Order of Merit crown with a then record earnings of US$381,929 from nine events. In 2001 he also won the Order of Merit title in Asia, beating Korea?s Charlie Wi. Thongchai prevailed, thanks to his win in the Wills Indian Open and he had no fewer than 10 other Top-10 finishes. That year he also made headlines for qualifying and playing in all four rounds of the US Open. Also played in the British Open in 2002 but had to withdraw on the second day because of a back injury. Was part of the Asian team that won the 2003 and 2005 Visa Dynasty Cup against Japan. In 2003, Thongchai won the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia on home soil, a week after he failed to earn his US PGA Tour card at Qualifying School Finals. In 1998 he won the individual and team title in the Putra Cup and won the amateur titles of Singapore and Thailand. Also won the Putra Cup individual title in 1997, and was a member of the Thai team that won the South East Asian Games in 1995. Claimed the Pakistan Amateur in 1995.. PERSONAL: Thongchai turned pro late as he served as a Ranger in the Royal Thai Army, regularly making parachute drops. He was allowed to play plenty of golf and enjoyed a distinguished amateur career. When he was younger he represented his home province in football. Adored football great Pele before getting hooked to golf. First club was a three iron head stuck on a bamboo stick. After winning the Carlsberg Malaysian Open, the Thai government presented him with a diplomatic passport.
(8) 2000 Kolon Cup Korean Open; 2001 Wills Indian Open; 2002 Myanmar Open; 2003 Volvo Masters of Asia, Thailand, 2004 Myanmar Open, 2004 Carlsberg Malaysian Open, 2005 Carlsberg Malaysian Open, 2006 Volvo Masters of Asia, Thailand.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 11; in money - 9; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $271,299 or GBP 167,992; best finish, T2nd, BMW Asian Open
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 10; in money - 7; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.00 (ranked 25th); money - $149,392 or GBP 99,571 (ranked 125th); best finish, T6th, BMW Asian Open.
2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.00 (ranked 25th); money - $514,239 or GBP 347,841 (ranked 43rd); winner, Carlsberg Malaysian Open.
2005 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.19 (ranked 43rd); money - $431,401 or GBP 291,584 (ranked 54th); winner, Carlsberg Malaysian Open.
2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 4; rounds played - 14; in money - 3; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $92,653.74 (ranked 245 - unofficial); best finish - T-52 at the British Open.
2006 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 70.52 (ranked 43rd); money - $669,226 or GBP 448,317 (ranked 37th); best finish, 2nd Maybank Malaysian Open.