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Golf: Thailand’s Thaworn targets 18th Asian Tour title in Taiwan

Thaworn Wiratchant has won a record 17 Asian Tour titles and will defend his title at the Yeangder TPC, which will be held in Taiwan from September 11-14. Photo: Asian Tour.

Thaworn Wiratchant has won a record 17 Asian Tour titles and will defend his title at the Yeangder TPC, which will be held in Taiwan from September 11-14. Photo: Asian Tour.

August 18, 2014: Thai star Thaworn Wiratchant will aim for an unprecedented 18th Asian Tour victory when he defends his Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) title next month.

 

Thaworn, 47, has enjoyed huge success in the Yeangder TPC, which will be staged at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club from September 11-14. He won the inaugural edition in 2010 and finished second in 2012 behind India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar before his victory last year, s0 will again be a favourite at the US$500,000 event.

 

Now 47, Thaworn continues to be a formidable player on the Asian Tour where he won the Order of Merit in 2005 and 2012. He triumphed at the Queen’s Cup on home soil in June and jokingly exclaimed that his goal was to claim 20 Asian Tour titles before turning 50.

 

“It’ll be 20 (wins) soon … just joking! It is so meaningful to me, whether it’s a small or big tournament, every tournament, I am always trying my best,” said Thaworn, who has one of the most recognisable golf swings in the game.

 

“I’m very excited to return to the Yeangder TPC. I’ve enjoyed huge success there and the Linkou International Golf and Country Club is one of my favourite golf courses. I won the Queen’s Cup in June so it will be nice if I can win another title.”

 

He admitted that there was some element of luck in his victory last year when American leader Chan Kim stumbled with three bogeys from the 15th hole to allow Thaworn to overtake him and win the event by one shot.

 

“To be honest, it is not easy to win on the Asian Tour because the younger players are very hungry for success,” Thaworn said. “Chan played very well last year and I was lucky to defeat him. I’m really looking forward to the event and I will do my best to defend my title.”

 

Source: Asian Tour (www.asiantour.com); Editing by SportAsia 

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