Monday, March 02, 2009

BALI, Indonesia (AP) Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee won the Indonesia Open on Sunday for his record 11th Asian Tour title and first European tour win in four years, closing with a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory.

Thongchai broke a tie with compatriot Thaworn Wiratchant for the Asian Tour's victory record, finishing at 12-under 276 on the New Kuta Golf Club course.

``It's my first time in Bali and I've been enjoying myself. I'm very happy to win here,'' said the 39-year-old Thongchai, ranked 88th in the world.

The former Thai army paratrooper, though accustomed to playing in the heat and humidity of his homeland, still struggled with the punishing conditions in Bali.

``It was very hot and my face is sunburned,'' said Thongchai, who earned $208,330. ``I've never seen my face like this before. I'm used to playing under the heat back home, but this week it was extremely hot.''

Englishmen Steve Webster (68) and Simon Dyson (69) and Sweden's Alexander Noren (70) tied for second.

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