Thaworn Keeps Hopes Down at Amata Spring

Fri 07 Dec 2012

Thaworn Keeps Hopes Down at Amata Spring


Chonburi, Thailand, December 7: Thaworn Wiratchant played down his chances at the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship after a two-under-par 70 left him nine shots back of the clubhouse leader Charl Schwartzel at the halfway stage on Friday.

The Thai veteran, who is leading the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit with two events remaining this season, traded three birdies against a lone bogey during a weather-disrupted second round at the Amata Spring Country Club.

He struggled off the tee but was saved time and again by his renowned short game as he put together a two-day total of five-under-par 139, which put him alongside defending champion Lee Westwood, Anirban Lahiri, Darren Beck and Jbe Kruger, who is third on the Order of Merit.

“My driver was not good. I had many bad tee shots. But my short game was good again,” said Thaworn, who has won three titles this season.

A one and a half hour suspension due to a lightning storm led to his lone bogey of the day at the third hole.

“After we started I bogeyed (third hole)! After the rain, the greens were slightly slower so it was hard to predict how hard we needed to putt. I’m happy with my score. I’m not thinking at the leaderboard at the moment. I want to concentrate on my own game,” he said.

He said winning was the last thing on his mind at the star-studded Thailand Golf Championship, which is now Thailand’s premier champion due to the strength of the field which includes Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan, Charl Schwartzel and Ryo Ishikawa.

“If I can play under-par for the next two days, I will be very happy. Somehow I don’t feel that I have a chance of winning on this golf course because it is playing long and difficult,” he said.

Thaworn is leading the Order of Merit with US$670,506 ahead of Marcus Fraser, who is not playing in Thailand this week but is leading at the halfway stage of the Australian Open. Fraser, who is on US$652,344, has entered for the season-ending Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia next week.