MADISON, Wis. — Thongchai Jaidee grew to become the very first Thai winner in PGA TOUR Champions heritage Sunday, closing with a 4-beneath 68 for a 1-stroke victory in the American Loved ones Insurance plan Championship.
A 7 days immediately after participating in his way into the occasion with a 10th-place finish in Iowa, the 52-year-old Thongchai won in his 19th get started on the PGA TOUR Champions.
“Very massive factor for me,” Thongchai stated. “The activity has altered. Now I’m very, really content to be on tour.”
Thongchai rebounded from a bogey on the par-5 16th with a birdie on the par-3 17th and closed with a par. He concluded at 14-below 202 at College Ridge.
“Great event below,” Thongchai mentioned. “I played stable, stable, good. I took a single error on 16, strike the tree and lost the ball. We make very good bogey and consider to get my plan. Holed a great putt on 17 and the sport adjusted. I believe my self-assurance in the placing, that’s why assisted me a ton for this week.”
Tom Pernice Jr. was next soon after a 66.
“I’m delighted for Thongchai,” Pernice stated. “He experienced a minimal poor split there on 16 to hit the trees and shed the ball, so to battle back and make a bogey and then to birdie 17, he justifies to win.”
Miguel Angel Jimenez, tied for the 2nd-spherical lead with Thongchai experienced a 70 to tie for third at 12 below with hometown most loved Jerry Kelly (67), Marco Dawson (67) and Kirk Triplett (68).
“Nothing labored on the greens now,” Jimenez mentioned.
Kelly, the winner previous 7 days in Iowa in a playoff, was trying to win the party — hosted by Madison pal Steve Stricker — for the 3rd straight time. He received in 2019 and 2021, whilst the 2020 was canceled due to the fact of the pandemic.
Stricker shut with a 67 to tie for 11th at 9 under.
“Fun to enjoy,” Stricker explained. “What a further fantastic 7 days. The solar made the decision to clearly show up at the very end, greater late than never ever, I guess. One more wonderful week in this article. Great crowd help, sponsor aid and player support. We had it all once again.”