Thailand's Thongchai secures second PGA TOUR Champions victory
Thailand's veteran star Thongchai Jaidee claimed his second PGA TOUR Champions title after defeating Justin Leonard on the fourth hole of a sudden-death play-off at the PURE Insurance Championship Impacting First Tee at Pebble Beach on Sunday.
Beginning the final round a shot off the lead, the 53-year-old Thongchai, who holds multiple wins in Asia and DP World Tour, closed with a 5-under 67 to force extra time with 36-hole leader Leonard and subsequently won the tournament with a par on the iconic par-5, 18th hole after the American found trouble from off the tee en route to a double bogey.
"This week, I would say special week for me because we play the links, the signature (course). We know about Pebble Beach for a long time. I try to work very hard with my caddie and spend a lot of time putting together. We hit the driver pretty well, iron pretty well and putting was getting back. That's why everything is complete," said Thongchai, who tallied rounds of 70-65-67 for a 14-under 202 total.
"Winning gives me back my second wind, that's why very, very happy to be second time to win PGA TOUR Champions."