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...