Saturday, June 08, 2019

Thailand pair win GolfSixes Cascais

Final Report
For the first time in European Tour history, a title was decided by a closest to the pin play-off as Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai and Thongchai Jaidee overcame Tom Lewis and Paul Waring of England in the final of GolfSixes Cascais.
The innovative event moved to the beautiful Portuguese coastal resort for the first time and the fans were treated to a thrilling finale as the final went right down to the wire, a 1-1 draw in the regulation six holes forcing a play-off unlike any other.
The two teams returned to the final tee – located in a bar and lounge area and overlooking a swimming pool - to play the hole in full once more, but neither team could be separated on the first extra hole and the match was decided by a closest to the pin contest.
Khongwatmai, a promising 20 year old who in 2013 became the youngest winner of a professional tournament at 14 years of age, knocked his tee shot to four feet and Thailand became the first Asian team to win the innovative six-hole format event – which is in its third year.
Spain overcame Italy in the third/fourth place play-off as Jorge Campillo and Nacho Elvira continued their respective purple patches on the 2019 Race to Dubai, beating Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari.
Player quotes
Team Thailand
Thongchai Jaidee: “First of all, I'm lucky today. We played a great round, played well today, but I think the team work very important. To the sponsor, thank you to the sponsor, thank you for the golf course and thank you for the hotel and thank you for run the tournament. 
“It was a good crowd, and hopefully next year there is going to be more crowds.  The organiser is very good.  Fantastic, atmosphere is very good, as well.  Sponsor is more important for our tournament. 
And finally, we win the tournament.  That's why it's fantastic.  I'm very happy to win again.  I thank the tournament.  I never win two, three years, but now good time to win and thank you my partner, Phachara, and thank you, the caddies, as well, worked very hard. 
Phachara Khongwatmai:It was really fun and really fun to play with Thongchai for Thailand. He taught me about the format of the game, and I'm really happy to have Thongchai, so happy. Thank you for this tournament.”
Team England
Paul Waring:It's a great finishing hole for that. It was great for the sponsors that it went all the way down to the wire, and the idea to obviously win the tournament. In that respect, great tournament.  Awesome times. 
“I was quite comfortable taking the last shot, and I felt like it was a good number for me as well.  With the wind being out of the left, it was turning a little too much. But that's golf. 
“I've had a great week. I've really enjoyed myself and I’d love to play again next year. It's such a stressful season, we take everything so seriously, so it's nice to come out and have a bit of fun.”
Tom Lewis: “I'm gutted, I'm genuinely gutted. We come a long way and we played so many good matches. But we slipped up in the beginning a couple of times, and that handed them a little bit of confidence.
“We did well to make it to the playoff, and unfortunately didn't make the putts. Maybe next time me and Paul can team up in other events. We had fun. We had a good time, and caddies had a good time. 
“We've had fun - it's going to be a little bit of a journey home, but still nice, when we wouldn't have been playing, it's nice to do something like this to represent our countries.”
Results
 
 
QUARTER-FINALS
RESULT
ENGLAND (M)
v
SWEDEN
2-1
Tom Lewis and Paul Waring
 
Alexander Bjork and Joakim Lagergren
(Eng)
FRANCE
v
ITALY
1-1
Romain Wattel and Victor Perez
 
Edoardo Molinari and Lorenzo Gagli
(Ita*)
THAILAND
3
 SCOTLAND 1
3-1
Thongchai Jaidee and Phachara Khongwhatmai
 
Stephen Gallacher and David Law
(Tha)
SPAIN
v
AUSTRALIA
2-1
Jorge Campillo and Nacho Elvira
 
Scott Hend and Wade Ormsby
(Esp)
    
* Italy won on second playoff hole (nearest the pin)
   
SEMI-FINALS
RESULT
ENGLAND (M)
v
ITALY
3-0
Tom Lewis and Paul Waring
 
Edoardo Molinari and Lorenzo Gagli
(Eng)
THAILAND
v
SPAIN
1-0
Thongchai Jaidee and Phachara Khongwhatmai
 
Jorge Campillo and Nacho Elvira
(Tha)
    
    
 
 
 
 
3rd/4th PLACE PLAY-OFF
RESULT
ITALY
v
SPAIN
3-0
Edoardo Molinari and Lorenzo Gagli
 
Jorge Campillo and  Nacho Elvira
(Esp)
  
    
* Thailand won on second play-off hole (nearest the pin)   
FINAL
RESULT
ENGLAND (M)
v
THAILAND
1-1
Tom Lewis & Paul Waring
 
Thongchai Jaidee & Phachara Khongwhatmai
(Tha*)
 
                                                                        Ends

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