GolfSixes Cascais Day 1

Aces are Thai for Thongchai at GolfSixes Cascais

June 07-08
Oitavos Dunes, Cascais, Portugal
€1,000,000
Day 2


Thonghchai Jaidee sank a hole-in-one in front of a swimming pool to close out Team Thailand’s closing victory over defending champions Team Ireland and progress to the knockout stages of GolfSixes Cascais, as the innovative event teed off with a bang in Portugal.

Aces are Thai for Thongchai at GolfSixes Cascais

“I’m very proud of myself,” said Jaidee, “for my team, as well – I played with Phachara (Khongwatmai) today. I don’t know, I have perfect shot. That’s the main thing, it was the correct club and that is more important. But it can be happen that way, just lucky. I had good tee shot, anyway, but finally we got the points.

“I’m very excited to be in the tournament. Finally we go through, as well, and that’s the main thing we had to do. If my team wins the tournament, I’m going to jump in the pool!”

It was an engrossing start to the six-hole tournament at Oitavos Dunes, where the in-form Spanish duo of Jorge Campillo and Nacho Elvira were the best performers with two wins and a draw – a total of seven points meaning they topped Group D in the round-robin stage.


“It was good today,” said Campillo. “We played good golf. Hit good irons into the green. Nacho hit great irons and I made some great putts, so it was a great day. 

“It was a great day. Normally I don’t smile too much playing golf, but I did a bit today. It was fun and we go on, so even better.”

England Men – featuring reigning Portugal Masters champion Tom Lewis and another 2018 European Tour winner Paul Waring – and France’s Victor Perez and Romain Wattel topped their respective groups to join Thailand and Spain as top seeds for the second and final day.

“My Putter got hot which was nice, we were discussing in the last few holes that you’ve just got to get off to such a fast start,” said Waring. “I feel like we did that, we holes some putts and we’ve teamed together quite well so far so we’re made up that we got through and hopefully we can carry that into the final stages.


“I’ve tended to hit iron first and then Tom can be a bit more aggressive with driver but I don’t know if we’re better off both being aggressive with driver and just trying to force birdie – but saying that we made birdie from way back on the fairway a few times today and then made bogey from 50 yards! But you just have to get off to a good start early and be aggressive.”

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Two former Ryder Cup winners will also play in the knockout stages, with Stephen Gallacher making it through alongside fellow Scot David Law while Italian Edoardo Molinari qualified alongside his team-mate Lorenzo Gagli. Sweden and Australia were the two other group runners-up to progress.

“We played well all day, very solid tee to green,” said Molinari. “We made a couple of silly mistakes in the second game and the third was a little bit easier, but the end of the day, you just want to play tomorrow and that’s what we did today.

“It’s quite windy. I think it’s a good six holes because it’s a bit of everything. If you drive it well, you can be aggressive off the tee and that’s what we did today. We had a lot of chance for birdies, and we just have to I think stay aggressive and make a few birdies here. Whoever is not going to make mistakes and probably going to win.”

While an ace from the eight-time European Tour winner Jaidee was one of the many highlights for the fans surrounding the sixth and final tee – located in a bar and lounge area overlooking a swimming pool – the crowds were also witness to an exciting and rare play-off scenario between Australia and Germany Women.


The two teams faced each other in a play-off on the sixth hole after tying on points at the conclusion of all three group matches and, after they could not determine a winner on the first time of trying, they returned to the tee for a closest-to-the-hole decider.

Scott Hend’s tee shot was just less that two feet closer to the hole than Laura Fuenfstueck’s strike and Australia qualified for the final day.


ENGLAND (M)
v
PORTUGAL
Tom Lewis & Paul Waring
Ricardo Gouveia & Pedro Figuerido
3
1
SCOTLAND
v
INDIA
Stephen Gallacher & David Law
SSP Chawrasia & Gaganjeet Bhullar
2
1
IRELAND
v
ENGLAND (W)
Paul Dunne & Gavin Moynihan
Meghan MacLaren & Florentyna Parker
1
0
SWEDEN
v
THAILAND
Alexander Björk & Joakim Lagergren
Thongchai Jaidee & Phachara Khongwhatmai
1
1
AUSTRALIA
v
WALES
Scott Hend & Wade Ormsby
Jamie Donaldson & Stuart Manley
3
1
GERMANY (W)
v
FRANCE
Esther Henseleit & Laura Fuenfstueck
Romain Wattel & Victor Perez
2
2
SOUTH AFRICA
v
SPAIN
Brandon Stone & George Coetzee
Jorge Campillo & Nacho Elvira
1
3
ITALY
v
DENMARK
Edoardo Molinari & Lorenzo Gagle
Joakim B Hansen & Jeff Winther
2
1
SESSION 2
ENGLAND (M)
v
INDIA
Tom Lewis & Paul Waring
SSP Chawrasia & Gaganjeet Bhullar
1
2
SCOTLAND
v
PORTUGAL
Stephen Gallacher & David Law
Ricardo Gouveia & Pedro Figuerido
2
1
IRELAND
v
SWEDEN
Paul Dunne & Gavin Moynihan
Alexander Björk & Joakim Lagergren
0
0
THAILAND
v
ENGLAND (W)
Thongchai Jaidee & Phachara Khongwhatmai
Meghan MacLaren & Florentyna Parker
1
1
AUSTRALIA
v
GERMANY (W)
Scott Hend & Wade Ormsby
Esther Henseleit & Laura Fuenfstueck
0
2
FRANCE
v
WALES
Romain Wattel & Victor Perez
Jamie Donaldson & Stuart Manley
2
1
SOUTH AFRICA
v
DENMARK
Brandon Stone & George Coetzee
Joakim B Hansen & Jeff Winther
2
1
ITALY
v
SPAIN
Edoardo Molinari & Lorenzo Gagle
Jorge Campillo & Nacho Elvira
2
2
SESSION 3
ENGLAND (M)
v
SCOTLAND
Tom Lewis & Paul Waring
Stephen Gallacher & David Law
2
1
INDIA
v
PORTUGAL
SSP Chawrasia & Gaganjeet Bhullar
Ricardo Gouveia & Pedro Figuerido
1
2
IRELAND
v
THAILAND
Paul Dunne & Gavin Moynihan
Thongchai Jaidee & Phachara Khongwhatmai
1
3
SWEDEN
v
ENGLAND (W)
Alexander Björk & Joakim Lagergren
Meghan MacLaren & Florentyna Parker
3
0
AUSTRALIA
v
FRANCE
Scott Hend & Wade Ormsby
Romain Wattel & Victor Perez
1
1
WALES
v
GERMANY (W)
Jamie Donaldson & Stuart Manley
Esther Henseleit & Laura Fuenfstueck
2
0
SOUTH AFRICA
v
ITALY
Brandon Stone & George Coetzee
Edoardo Molinari & Lorenzo Gagle
0
0
SPAIN
v
DENMARK
Jorge Campillo & Nacho Elvira
Joakim B Hansen & Jeff Winther
3
1
Quarter-final draw
ENGLAND (M)
v
SWEDEN
Tom Lewis & Paul Waring
Alexander Bjork & Joakim Lagergren
FRANCE
v
ITALY
Romain Wattel & Victor Perez
Edoardo Molinari & Lorenzo Gagli
THAILAND
v
SCOTLAND
Thonchai Jaidee & Pachara Khongwhatmai
Stephen Gallacher & David Law
SPAIN
v
AUSTRALIA
Jorge Campillo & Nacho Elvira
Scott Hend & Wade Ormsby