Thongchai Jaidee needs big week at Wales Open to qualify for Presidents Cup
Last Updated: August 28, 2013 8:22pm
Thongchai Jaidee: Determined to feature at Muirfield Village
Thongchai Jaidee is hoping a strong defence of his ISPS Handa Wales Open title this week will cement his place in the International team for the Presidents Cup.
The Thai veteran dropped outside of the top-10 automatic qualifiers with a disappointing performance at the PGA Championship, but he now hopes to earn his place on merit rather than rely on a pick from captain Nick Price.
This week marks the end of the qualifying stage for the biennial contest against the USA, which takes place at Muirfield Village in Ohio starting on October 3, with the top 10 making the team outright before Price adds two wild cards.
"I know I have just this week to try and qualify myself for the team as it's been a big goal of mine all season," said Jaidee, who clinched a one-shot win at Celtic Manor last season.
"I had a good top-20 finish last week in Scotland but if I can play well this week here in Wales like I did last year then I might just qualify for the team. If not, I know I am going to have to rely on Nick picking me for the team.
"I was very confident of my game last year and I really enjoyed the challenge.
"It was my first win in Europe and the course was very soft and something that I was not used to you so it was good that I could change my game plan to suit the conditions but then I also had a bit of luck on my side.
"I was very proud of winning the Wales Open and a first victory in Europe and hopefully I can get lucky again this year."