x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Jaidee yearns for Dubai

Thongchai Jaidee has set his sights on clinching a spot in the Dubai World Championship after his victory at the Jakarta Indonesia Open.

JAKARTA // Thongchai Jaidee has set his sights on clinching a spot in the Dubai World Championship after his victory at the Jakarta Indonesia Open yesterday lifted him into the top 20 in the Race to Dubai. The Thai player celebrated his third European Tour win and a record 11th on the Asian Tour after he finished on 12-under-par 276 in the co-sanctioned tournament. He was two strokes ahead of Sweden's Alexander Noren and the English pair of Steve Webster and Simon Dyson.

But despite also reaching a milestone by becoming the first player to earn more than US$3 million (Dh11.5m) on the Asian Tour, Jaidee admitted his goal was to be part of the European Tour's elite season-ending event. "My key target this year is to finish in the top 60 on the European Tour," he said. "The second is to get into the top 50 in the world ranking." * PA Sport