Jaidee nabs record 13th Asian Tour win at Cambodian Open

Jaidee Thongchai

SIEM REAP, Cambodia – Thongchai Jaidee underscored his status as one of the giants of the Asian Tour with a record-breaking victory Dec. 12 in the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open.

Jaidee, 41, a three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, closed with a 7-under 65 at Phokeethra Country Club to finish four shots clear of third-round leader Kenichi Kuboya. It was the first win of the season for the Thai star, but his 13th triumph on the Asian Tour – the most by any player.

Jaidee rose to fifth on the Order of Merit heading into next week’s season-ending Black Mountain Masters. He was 29th in the European Tour’s 2010 Race to Dubai, with €892,418.

“I played really solid all week,” said Jaidee, who finished at 21-under 267. “This is my second win at the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open, and I’m really proud of myself.”

Kuboya shot a final-round 70, and Korean Kim Hyung-sung closed with 72 to claim sole possession of third place at 273. Indian Anirban Lahiri and Dutchman Guido Van der Valk tied for fourth at 274, with defending champion Marcus Both settling for joint sixth at 275.

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