The season so far: Tenacious Thaworn

Fri 22 Aug 2014

The season so far: Tenacious Thaworn

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August 22: Thai star Thaworn Wiratchant can’t stop winning even at the age of 47.
The tenacious veteran had to fight back from five shots back at the Queen’s Cup to win an unprecedented 17th Asian Tour victory with a classy one shot triumph.
It was indeed a sweet victory for Thaworn who lifted the revered trophy for the second time in three years.
But the win did not coming easy as he had to sink a five foot birdie putt on the closing hole to pip overnight leader Poom Saksansin with a final round of five-under-par 66 at the Santiburi Samui Country Club.
“It is so meaningful to me, whether it’s a small or big tournament. At every tournament, I am always trying my best. There was pressure this morning as I wanted to go out there and play some good golf,” said a delighted Thaworn, whose winner’s cheque of US$54,000 lifted his career earnings on Tour to over US$4 million.
The unorthodox swinging Thaworn surged into a one-shot lead with a birdie on 14 but made life difficult for himself by dropping a bogey on 17 after missing a four-foot par attempt. With Poom, who was wobbly with an outward 39, fighting back with birdies on 16 and 17 to make it a three-way tie going into the final hole, Thaworn’s experience came through in the end.
“I knew I had to play well on 18. I wasn’t very confident as I made bogey on 17. I aimed for the green and if it didn’t get on the green, I knew it would be around the green which would give me a birdie chance. I was confident from there onwards,” said Thaworn, who totaled 12-under-par 272.
“The putt for birdie, I felt I could make it. It was hard to say where I was in control. Siddikur played well and Poom was always there. Today, I think I got lucky.”
Thai rookie Poom, who had led since the opening day, settled for the runner-up spot in the US$300,000 tournament after a closing 72 while Bangladeshi star Siddikur Rahman, who briefly held the lead on the back nine, signed off with a disappointing 72 to share third place with Thailand’s Donlapatchai Niyomchon (68).
Ends.