Thaworn Aims to Extend Thai Run

Mon 08 Dec 2008

Thaworn Aims to Extend Thai Run


Bangkok, December 8: Thaworn Wiratchant knows he will have to employ his "A" game at Thai Country Club if he is to emulate countrymen Prayad Marksaeng and Thongchai Jaidee and triumph at the US$750,000 Volvo Masters of Asia from December 18 to 21.
The 42-year-old veteran has won a record 10 times on the Asian Tour and would love to make the Volvo Masters of Asia his 11th title in a remarkable career.
Prayad won the season-ending Tour Championship last year and Thongchai was victorious in both 2003 at Bangkok Golf Club and two years ago at Thai Country Club.
Thaworn believes that both players have a distinct advantage over him as they are longer off the tee and can negotiate their way round the course more easily.
"I really want to win the Volvo Masters of Asia but it will not be easy," admitted Thaworn, who picked up his 10th title on home soil at the Bangkok Airways Open in June.
"Nearly every hole at Thai Country Club has a bunker situated 275 or 280 yards from the tee. I have to play safe. It is very hard for me because I am taking long irons into the green and cannot get any stop on the ball.
"Thongchai Jaidee and Prayad Marksaeng are hitting nine iron or pitching wedge into the green. It is easy for them.
"I really like the golf course but because of the layout I have to be at the top of my game, especially with my long irons, to win."
In the last three outings in the Volvo Masters of Asia at Thai Country Club, the former Asian number one has finished 14th (2005), fourth (2006) and joint 12th (2007).
"I have had one top 10 and two other finishes in the top 20 but it is tough for me," added Thaworn. "I will do my best to add to my wins on the Asian Tour."
Defending champion Prayad, who has had three wins on the Japan Golf Tour this season, new Asian number one Jeev Milkha Singh of India and Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei, currently second on the Asian Tour's Order of Merit after a superb win in the US$2.5 million UBS Hong Kong Open last month, will spearhead the elite field of 65 players in the season finale.

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