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Friday, 19 March 2010
Indonesia Open - Final Round  (Getty Images)
Indonesia Open - Final Round (Getty Images)

Thongchai Jaidee shot a three under par 69 to claim his first win on The European Tour in four years at the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open.

The Thai ace began the final round with a one stroke advantage and was ahead by as many as four shots with birdies on four of the first seven holes at New Kuta Golf Club.

Bogeys on the eighth and 14th saw his lead trimmed to one, but a birdie on the 16th gave him a cushion to take into the closing holes as he finished on 12 under par 276, two strokes ahead of Sweden’s Alexander Noren and the English pair of Steve Webster and Simon Dyson.

Noren shot a closing 70, Webster fired a bogey-free 68, whilst Dyson was left to rue a double bogey on the 14th hole in his closing 69.

Rafael Cabrera Bello of Spain carded the day’s best round of 65 to join Richard Bland in a tie for fifth place on nine under par, with Jyoti Randhawa of India and the English pair of Simon Griffiths and Simon Khan (a further shot back on eight under par.

Nursing a narrow lead at the start of the final round, Jaidee parred his first two holes before sinking consecutive birdies on the next three including a chip-in from the collar of the green on the fifth hole.

The 39 year old narrowly missed out on a fourth in a row when his long putt lipped out on the sixth hole, but he holed his birdie attempt from the fringe on the seventh to improve to 13 under par.

That briefly gave him a four shot advantage, but he gave one back with a bogey on the par three eighth after putting his tee shot into the bunker and blasting well past the pin from a dreadful lie in the sand.

His lead appeared fragile on the back nine and he found himself just one ahead of Webster when he bogeyed the 14th hole, after putting his approach shot into the rough and failing to get up and down.

But with Webster failing to capitalise on birdie opportunities on his closing holes, the Thai managed to stretch his advantage once again with a birdie on the 16th hole.

He nearly found trouble on the final hole when he missed his approach shot to the green, but he holed a testing par putt from eight feet to close out his third win on The European Tour and his 11th on the Asian Tour.

Noren began the final round in second place one stroke off the lead, but dropped off the pace on the front nine after going out in 36 with two birdies and two bogeys.

A bogey followed on the 14th hole after he needed two shots to escape a fairway bunker, but the Swede closed back to within two shots of the lead with an eagle on the 16th and a birdie on the 17th.

He had the chance to put some pressure on Thongchai at the last, but narrowly missed his 18-foot birdie attempt to finish tied for second with Webster and Dyson.

Webster, the leader after two rounds, slipped three shots behind Thongchai after carding a 72 on Saturday, but rediscovered his touch and closed the gap to the leader with birdies on the fifth, seventh, 10th and 16th holes.

However, he narrowly missed his birdie attempt at the 17th hole and left his 12 foot putt just inches short at the final green.

Dyson began the day on seven under and launched an early challenge for the lead, drawing level with Thonchai on ten under after picking up three birdies on the first five holes.

However, the 2006 Indonesia Open winner was unable to sustain his challenge as he three-putted the seventh for a bogey and missed a short birdie putt on the 10th.

A birdie on the 11th put him back into contention but his challenge evaporated on the 14th when he took double bogey after his tee shot fell just short of a fairway bunker and he shanked his shot into an unplayable lie behind a tree.

Birdies on the 16th and 18th proved too little, too late for the 31 year old from York.

 

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1JAIDEE, ThongchaiTHA18-12
T2DYSON, SimonENG18-10
T2WEBSTER, SteveENG18-10
T2NOREN, AlexanderSWE18-10
T5BLAND, RichardENG18-9
T5CABRERA-BELLO, RafaESP18-9
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