|Date of Birth||1966-12-28|
Order of Merit
Asian Tour Victories
(16) 1996 Sabah Masters, Malaysia; 2001 Alcatel Singapore Open, 2001 Volvo Masters of Malaysia, 2004 Mercuries Taiwan Masters, 2005 Enjoy Jakarta Standard Chartered Indonesia Open, 2005 Taiwan Open, 2005 Hero Honda Indian Open, 2005 Carlsberg Masters Vietnam Presented by Thai Airways International, 2007 Midea China Classic, 2008 Bangkok Airways Open, 2009 Macau Open, 2010 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship, Taipei, 2012 Queen's Cup, Thailand, 2012 Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters, Malaysia, 2012 Hero Indian Open, 2013 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship, Taipei.
OTHER PRO WINS: (2) 2009 Heritage Melaka Classic, Malaysia, 2009 Dongfeng Nissan Teana Open, China. AMATEUR WINS: 1985 Putra Cup (team), 1986 Putra Cup (team), 1987 Thailand Amateur Open, 1987 Singapore Amateur Open, 1987 South East Asian Games (team & individual).
Thaworn sealed his place in Asian Tour history by becoming the oldest Order of Merit champion at the age of 45 years and 354 days in 2012 following a season which included three victories. First, he equaled the most wins on Tour which was held by countryman Thongchai Jaidee with a battling victory at the Queen's Cup in Koh Samui and then secured his 14th and 15th titles at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters and Hero Indian Open respectively. Also finished runner-up on four other occasions and top-10 in three other events. Swept the Players’ Player of the Year and Special Achievement Awards at the end of the 2012 season along with the Birdie Leader award. In 2013, he increased his winning tally to an unprecedented 16 titles after winning the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Chinese Taipei. In 2011, he enjoyed another stellar season with two top-three finishes and six other top-20s to end the year in fifth place on the Order of Merit. Challenged for the title at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters before finishing second and was third at the Macau Open presented by Cityneon, an event he won previously in 2009. Also won the Birdie Leader award for the fourth straight year in 2011. In 2010, he won the inaugural and weather-shortened Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taipei. It marked another memorable season for the 2005 Asian Tour number one as he enjoyed five other top-10s, including a tied third at the Myanmar Open and runner-up finish in the Queen’s Cup in Thailand. In 2009, he won the Macau Open by a massive six shots. It helped turn his season around as the Thai star endured a quiet front half of the year before posting a tied 11th finish at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland. He became the first player to hit 10 career wins by winning the Bangkok Airways Open in 2008, which was matched later by compatriot Thongchai Jaidee. It marked another great season for Thaworn who posted seven other top-10s including two runner-up outings at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters and Iskandar Johor Open. Finished eighth on the Order of Merit, the sixth time in eight seasons that he has finished in the top-10. In 2007 he won the Midea China Classic by defeating Chinnarat Phadungsil and Simon Yates in a play-off. It was a great performance from the Thai veteran, who drained a pressure-packed 15-foot birdie in the 72nd hole to join the play-off and then clinched his ninth victory with a trademark approach shot that stopped two feet of the flag. He also registered four other top-10s that season. It was however in 2005 that the Thai enjoyed a stellar year when he won four times, the most wins by a player in a single season, en route to winning the Order of Merit for the first time. He also became the first player to surpass the US$500,000 mark for earnings in a season when he amassed a total of US$510,122 from 26 events. Thaworn also claimed his first European Tour co-sanctioned title by winning the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open in 2005. He was later voted the 2005 Players' Player of the Year. Although he did not win in 2006, he posted six top-10s and finished ninth on the Order of Merit. He also played in his first Major at the British Open at Royal Liverpool, finishing a creditable 31st after forcing his way into the top-10 at the halfway stage. In 2004, he won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters and finished fourth on the Order of Merit, which was also where he placed in 2003 thanks to second place outings in the Korean Open and Volvo China Open. Will also be remembered for his remarkable 2001 season, when not having won in five years, he triumphed in successive tournaments at the Singapore Open and the Volvo Masters of Malaysia. Thaworn enjoyed an impressive amateur career in the mid-1980s, highlighted in 1987 when he won the amateur championships of Singapore and Thailand as well as the individual and team title in the Southeast Asian Games. He also helped Thailand win the Putra Cup in 1985 and 1986.
Thaworn has an unorthodox swing with his hands moving directly above his head at the top of the backswing. He also has a long extended, much photographed, follow through. Said he did not see the need to change his golf swing as "it worked well for me during my amateur days and it works now." A short game wizard, thanks to countless of hours at the practice green. The veteran golfer is a lover of fast cars. Picked up the game at the Army Golf Club in Bangkok where he parents used to work. His golfing attire often has a black tinge, saying it is his lucky colour.