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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 06: Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand waves to the crowd on the seventh hole during the third round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on February 6, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Thai golfer Thongchai Jaidee is hoping to qualify for the Masters by improving his ranking with a victory at the Avantha Masters this week. Thongchai, an Asian Tour Order of Merit winner three times, is ranked 59th after three top-10 finishes in five starts this season. A top-50 ranking by the end of the month would qualify him for Augusta National. He became the first Thai in 35 years to appear at the Masters in 2006 thanks to a special invitation, and he missed the cut. He qualified with a top-50 ranking in 2010 but withdrew with an elbow injury after a first-round 74. ''It's an important week for me as I want to break into the top 50 and get into the Masters,'' Thongchai said Wednesday. ''I'm very comfortable with my swing and if I can putt well, I believe I stand a good chance.'' Among those in the field at Jaypee Greens are six European Ryder Cup players: Colin Montgomerie, Edoardo Molinari, Ignacio Garrido, David Howell, Thomas Levet and Philip Price. Montgomerie, a recor...
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