GolfSixes Cascais Day 2

Thailand make a splash to claim GolfSixes Cascais title

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

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.

Thailand make a splash to claim GolfSixes Cascais title
Thongchai Jaidee & 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.”

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.

“I’m gutted,” said Lewis, “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. 

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.

“First of all, I’m lucky today,” said Jaidee. “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.

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QUARTER-FINALS

RESULT

ENGLAND (M)

v

SWEDEN

2-1

Tom Lewis & Paul Waring

Alexander Bjork & Joakim Lagergren

(Eng)

FRANCE

v

ITALY

1-1

Romain Wattel & Victor Perez

Edoardo Molinari & Lorenzo Gagli

(Ita*)

* Italy won on second playoff hole (nearest the pin)

THAILAND

v

SCOTLAND

3-1

Thongchai Jaidee & Phachara Khongwhatmai

Stephen Gallacher & David Law

(Tha)

SPAIN

v

AUSTRALIA

2-1

Jorge Campillo & Nacho Elvira

Scott Hend & Wade Ormsby

(Esp)

SEMI-FINALS

RESULT

ENGLAND (M)

v

ITALY

3-0

Tom Lewis & Paul Waring

Edoardo Molinari & Lorenzo Gagli

(Eng)

THAILAND

v

SPAIN

1-0

Thongchai Jaidee & Phachara Khongwhatmai

Jorge Campillo & Nacho Elvira

(Tha)

3rd/4th PLACE PLAY-OFF

RESULT

ITALY

v

SPAIN

3-0

Edoardo Molinari & Lorenzo Gagli

Jorge Campillo & Nacho Elvira

(Esp)

FINAL

RESULT

ENGLAND (M)

v

THAILAND

1-1

Tom Lewis & Paul Waring

Thongchai Jaidee & Phachara Khongwhatmai

(Tha*)

* Thailand won on second playoff hole (nearest the pin)