9th June 2019 | Asian Tour
Overseas Watch: Team Thailand defeats England to clinch GolfSixes title in playoff
June 9: The dynamic Thai duo of Thongchai Jaidee and Phachara Khongwatmai, with their combination of youth and experience, fended off the challenge from England’s Tom Lewis and Paul Waring by winning the closest-to-the-pin playoff to triumph in the final of the GolfSixes Cascais on Saturday.
The thrilling finale of the innovative European Tour event, which was held in the Portuguese coastal resort, went right down to the wire where a 1-1 draw in the regulation six holes led to a playoff like no other.
The two teams returned to the final tee to play the hole in full once more, but neither team could be separated on the first extra hole and the match was decided by a closest-to-the pin contest.
Phachara then ensured Thailand would become the first Asian team to win the innovative six-hole format event when he hit his tee shot to inside four feet to clinch victory with his partner Thongchai, who has won an unprecedented three Order of Merit crowns and 13 career victories on the Asian Tour.
“It was really fun to play with Thongchai for Thailand. He taught me about the format of the game and I’m really happy to have Thongchai as my partner,” said Phachara.
“We played a great round well today, but I think the team work was very important. It has been a fantastic and successful tournament which would not have been possible without the commitment of the sponsors. Thank you to everyone,” said Thongchai.
Over at the Japan Golf Tour Championship Mori Building Cup Shishido Hills, Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond kept his dream of playing in next week’s U.S. Open alive by firing a sensational third round seven-under-par 64 that included six birdies in eight holes on the home stretch.
“I was having a hard time with my putting the last two days. So I decided to borrow another putter from a friend. If my putting is hot again tomorrow, I might win. If that happens, I won’t give back that putter to my friend. It will be mine!” laughed Jazz.
Based on the latest projected Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), the three-time Asian Tour winner needs at least a joint runner-up finish to punch his ticket to Pebble Beach next week.
The Thai’s three-day total of six-under-par 207 moved him to a share of fourth place together with Japan’s Tomoyo Ikemura and Rikuya Hoshino.
Compatriot Gunn Charoenkul , who earned his Asian Tour card at Qualifying School last December, sits in second place on 204 total, three shots back of Japanese leader, Mikumu Horikawa while India’s Rahil Gangjee is tied for 12th with seven other players that also include Yuta Ikeda of Japan.