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Thongchai receives invite to PGA Championship

Thai star Thongchai Jaidee has received an invitation to play in the US PGA Championship, the final Major of the year from Aug 9-15 in Whistling Straits Course, Kohler, Wisconsin. 

Thongchai, the current Asian Tour number one, was informed by his management group, Starscope Management and SMG Thailand, on Sunday of the chance to make his third appearance in a Major. 

The former paratrooper, who was Asia's number one in 2001, qualified and played in all four rounds of the US Open that year and withdrew from the second round of the British Open in 2002 because of a bad back. 

"This is really wonderful news," said Thongchai. 

"It is a pleasant surprise and another recognition towards the Asian Tour and players from the region. I'm looking forward to it and I hope to make my presence felt in the championship." 

The invitation from the American PGA is due largely to his superb run of results this season, which started with victory in last December's Volvo Masters of Asia on home soil. 

He won successive titles in the Myanmar Open and Malaysian Open in February, the latter event being co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours. 

In between those wins, he finished among the top 10 in four other tournaments, including a tied fifth place finish with world number one Tiger Woods in the Dubai Desert Classic. 

Thongchai is now ranked 32nd on the European Tour money list and 82nd in the world. 

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