2013 Stars to Watch - Thaworn

Mon 04 Feb 2013

2013 Stars to Watch - Thaworn

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February 4: With the new 2013 season set to kick-off later this month with the Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Alpine, asiantour.com will make our hot picks on players whom we think will shine this year. Our man, Doyle De Costa reckons reigning Order of Merit champion Thaworn Wiratchant will enjoy another big year.
By Doyle De Costa, Media Officer
Thaworn Wiratchant’s never-say-never attitude in pulling off pivotal birdies and par saves earned him many magical moments in 2012 and it is for this reason that he could be poised for another sparkling year.
With a renowned short game, it is no surprise that Thaworn will be one of the Asian Tour stars to watch again when the new season tees off at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Alpine.
He has plied his trade on the Asian Tour for well over a decade and despite his advance age, he continues to show the enthusiasm of a rookie as he seeks more trophies to add to his collection of 15 Asian Tour titles, which is the highest on the region’s elite Tour.
By winning three tournaments last year at the Queen’s Cup on home soil, Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters in Malaysia and Hero Indian Open, Thaworn claimed his second Asian Tour Order of Merit crown following his maiden triumph in 2005.
Over the years, his game plan to success can be attributed to the huge number of birdies he has accumulated. Hence, it is no surprise that he has amazingly won the Birdie Leader category eight times in the last nine years!
At the age of 46, Thaworn does not bang super long drives but what he lacks in distance he makes up with a hot putter. Last season, he took an average of 1.72 putts per green in regulation to finish second on the Putting Average category.
It will also be interesting to see how the unorthodox swinging Thai fares in his first visit to the 2013 Masters Tournament in April after receiving a special invitation from Augusta National for his remarkable season last year. He will also make a return to The Open Championship in July courtesy of winning the Order of Merit.
Thaworn is unperturbed that his unorthodox swing is not picture-perfect because it has yielded many successful results all these years. “I don’t care about the swing. I’m just interested in the scores,” he said.
He will be the man to beat again in 2013 but don’t expect him to go down without a fight in his defence of the Order of Merit crown considering the form that he is in and the dedication he puts into every shot and putt.
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