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Saturday, 08 June 2019
Thongchai Jaidee and Phachara Khongwatmai  (Getty Images)
Thongchai Jaidee and Phachara Khongwatmai (Getty Images)

Thailand clamied an incredible win at the GolfSixes Cascais as they beat England in a nearest the pin play-off to lift the trophy at Oitavos Dunes.

Thongchai Jaidee and Phachara Khongwatmai were a picture of consistency over the two days on the Portuguese coast, parring 29 of their 36 holes en route to becoming the third GolfSixes champions.

Here, we take a closer look at the six matches that guided them to victory.

Group stages

That incredible consistency started in match one as the pair made six pars to secure a 1-1 draw against Sweden. A bogey from the Swedes on the first handed Thailand an early lead but Joakim Lagergren holed a very long putt on the fifth for a birdie and a share of the spoils.

It was to be another draw in a scrappy second match as a 1-1 result against England Women handed Thailand a point. Florentyna Parker holed an 18 footer on the second to give her team a 1-0 lead but England Women bogeyed the fourth and it would be one point each again.

It was all to play for in the final match but Thailand looked in trouble when Paul Dunne holed a 13 foot putt on the second to give Ireland a 1-0 lead. A stunning tee shot from Jaidee on the third helped level things up and when Gavin Moynihan missed a short putt on the fourth, the match was turned on its head. Khongwatmai hit a brilliant tee shot into the sixth to almost certainly secure a victory and then Jaidee went one better, making the first hole-in-one in GolfSixes history for a 3-1 win and top spot in the group.

Quarter-final - Beat Scotland 3-1

Khongwatmai showed he meant business when the knockout stages got under way, almost driving the green at the 416 yard first to set up a birdie. A bogey on the third handed the Scots a lifeline but they made a bogey of their own on the fourth before dropping another shot on the fifth in the first match of the week not to reach the last.

Semi-final - Beat Spain 1-0

Thailand were living dangerously early in their semi-final, making pars on the first and second but seeing Jorge Campillo miss from five feet for birdie on the first and leave his putt for a gain in the jaws on the next. Jaidee's tee shot to six feet on the third saw that profligacy punished and while there was some drama on the last as Elvira's tee shot hit Jaidee's ball, a par-par-par finish secured a place in the showpiece match.

Final - Beat England on second play-off hole

A routine par on the first handed Thailand the lead as England could not get up and down after missing the green and the second was halved in bogeys in a scrappy start. Tom Lewis put England's tee shot to tap-in range on the third to make it 1-1 and after a pair of stress free pars on the next, Jaidee had to hole a clutch 11 footer on the fifth to keep the score that way. Lewis missed putts from inside ten feet for victory on the first two trips up the sixth as Thailand made pars and, when it came down to nearest the pin, Khongwatmai got the job done to seal victory.

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