8th June 2019 | Asian Tour
Overseas Watch: Thongchai makes history in Portugal
June 8: Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee made history with a first-ever hole-in-one at the GolfSixes Cascais to defeat Team Ireland on Friday.
With 16 teams taking part at the third edition of the innovative event, the opening day featured a round-robin format with four groups of four, before the top two teams in each group progress to the final knockout stages on Saturday at the Oitavos Dunes.
The matches were played with a modified Greensomes format, with all four players teeing off on every hole. Each duo will choose their team ball for the second shot and will play alternate shots thereafter.
The 49-year-old Thongchai, along with teammate Phachara Khongwatmai, first drew their matches against Sweden and England Women 1-1 to trail the defending champions, Team Ireland’s Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan by two points.
The Thai duo was leading one-up after five holes before Phachara sealed the deal with a near hole-out, but it was Thongchai who put the icing on the cake when he holed out his tee shot in front of the swimming pool on the sixth and final hole to win the match.
“I’m very proud of myself, and for my team as well. I hit a perfect shot. That’s the main thing, it was the correct club which was very important. I hit good tee shot and just got lucky, but the main thing is we finally got the points.
“I’m very excited to be in this tournament. Finally we got through, and that’s the main thing for us. If my team wins the tournament, I’m going to jump in the pool,” added the three-time Asian Tour number one, who will progress into the final knockout stages with teammate Phachara.
Over in Japan, Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul carded a six-under-par 65 to take second place in the second round of the Japan Golf Tour Championship Mori Building Cup Shishido Hills.
The 27-year-old Gunn, who opened with a 70, fired a bogey-free round highlighted by six birdies to trail leader Mikumu Horikawa of Japan by two shots with his two-day total of seven-under-par 135.
Also in the field is India’s Rahil Gangjee in tied-sixth following a 67 while Japan’s Yuta Ikeda sits in tied-10th after posting a 71 at the Shishido Hills Country Club.