Thaworn rediscovers form in Taipei

Thu 12 Sep 2013

Thaworn rediscovers form in Taipei

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Taipei, September 12: Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand bounced into form when he posted an opening three-under-par 69 to tie for the early lead at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) on Thursday.
Thaworn, who won the Yeangder TPC in 2010, fired six birdies against three bogeys to share the clubhouse lead with Australian trio Adam Groom, Jake Higginbottom and Matthew Stieger at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
The talented 18-year-old Rattanon Wannasrichan of Thailand and Panuwat Muenlek, who are on the hunt for a first title on the region’s premier Tour, were a further shot back in the US$500,000 event.
Thaworn enjoyed a splendid season in 2012 where he won three Asian Tour titles before claiming his second Order of Merit crown.
He has yet to hit top form this season, where his best result was tied 28th in Indonesia in May, but showed signs of improvement on a tough scoring day at the Yeangder TPC.
Jake Higginbottom of Australia Jake Higginbottom of Australia
“It was a very good round overall. The wind was so strong out there even though I started early in the morning (7.40am). I struggled with my irons but I was fortunate to save my round with my putting” said the 46-year-old Thaworn.
“This golf course is very difficult to play on. It can reward you and it can punish you. I started with a birdie, birdie start but finished on three-under. You can’t take anything for granted out here,” added the Thai, who holds an unprecedented 15 Asian Tour titles.
Australian Higginbottom, who was the first amateur to win the 2012 New Zealand Open in more than half a century, put himself in a good position to become the first rookie to win on the Asian Tour this season.
“I’m starting to play a little better. I’m getting comfortable out here in Asia. My main goal is to keep my Asian Tour card but obviously we always aim to win so let’s see what happens,” said the 19-year-old Higginbottom, who is ranked 48th on the Order of Merit.
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