Jaidee wins Nordea Masters

Thangchai Jaidee won the first playoff hole to clinch the Nordea Masters title on Sunday.

Jaidee finished the event on 16 under to tie with Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher in Malmo.

The trio headed back to the 18th tee box to play the par five again. All three couldn’t reach the green in two, making it a wedge contest.

After Dubuisson and Gallacher’s shots earned them long birdie putts, the Thai stepped up to the proverbial plate and landed his wedge within four feet.

After Dubuisson and Gallacher missed, Thongchai rolled in the putt to earn him his sixth European Tour win.

I worked hard today,” said the 44-year-old.

“It was a good comeback to get to 16 under.This week the course was wide open the weather helped me a little bit. I like to play in good conditions. Thank you to everyone for their support.”

It was his superb seven under 65 that earned him a spot in the playoff. Thongchai began with three birdies in a row and an eagle on the par five 11th, together with birdies on the 14th and 15th more than made up for his bogey on the seventh.

Meanwhile, Frenchman Dubuisson joined Thongchai with a 67 while Gallacher recovered from a bogey on the 17th when he rolled in a 20 foot birdie on the final hole.

World number two Henrik Stenson started like a house on fire with three birdies in his first five holes, but bogeys at the six, nine and 12 put him out of contention for the win.