Thaworn seals magical 16th Asian Tour title

Sun 15 Sep 2013

Thaworn seals magical 16th Asian Tour title

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Taipei, September 15: Thai star Thaworn Wiratchant rediscovered his best form when he won the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) for an unprecedented 16th Asian Tour title on Sunday.
The reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, whose best result prior to this week was tied 28th in May, battled to a four-under-par 68 for a 13-under-par 275 total to win by one-shot at the US$500,000 Asian Tour event.
Overnight leader Kim, winner of the Asian Tour Qualifying School in January, led for most of the round but stumbled in the closing stretch when he made three straight bogeys from the 15th hole. He settled for second after shooting a 70 at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
Chan Kim of USA Chan Kim of USA
Angelo Que of the Philippines, a three-time Asian Tour winner, ended his campaign with a 66 after making 21 putts to finish lone third on 279 while Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang (67) was a further shot back.
“I’m very proud because I can still win at the age of 46. I was really struggling with my irons but I chipped and putted so well. I honestly didn’t think that I could win,” said Thaworn, who also won the inaugural Yeangder TPC in 2010.
The Thai veteran traded two birdies and one bogey after four holes to trail Kim by three shots but recovered after a one-hour rain suspension with a pair of birdies on five and six. He added another birdie on 13 and cruised home to victory as Kim faded.
“Kim is such a powerful golfer and he had a lot of advantage on the par fives. I had to stay patient. I didn’t think I could have won and I would have been satisfied with second place. But he started to drop shots and all of a sudden I was in the lead and I won,” smiled Thaworn, who won US$90,000.
The powerful Kim was disappointed with his late collapse after he got off to a hot start when he eagled the first hole from three feet and added birdies on holes three, four and 10.
“I got a little greedy. I tried to get my ball out further so I could get a shorter club into the green. I think that’s something which I have to learn because all I had to do today was actually play a bit smarter. I will use this experience in my future tournaments,” said the disappointed 23-year-old Kim.
Chinese Taipei’s Chan, who won on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) in Malaysia last week, continued his rich vein of form when he shot six birdies against one bogey to emerge as the best local player.
Yeh Wei-tze of Chinese Taipei Yeh Wei-tze of Chinese Taipei
“The win on the ADT last week gave me a great boost in confidence. I’ve been telling myself to find that winning form and reproduce it here this week. It motivates me to play well. My aim is to do well in the remaining half of the Asian Tour season,” said Chan.
Scores after round 4 of the Yeangder TPC being played at the par 72, 7125 Yards Linkou GCC course (a- denotes amateur):
275 - Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 69-67-71-68.
276 - Chan KIM (USA) 70-68-68-70.
279 - Angelo QUE (PHI) 74-72-67-66.
280 - CHAN Shih-chang (TPE) 71-71-71-67.
281 - LU Chien-soon (TPE) 72-72-68-69, Chiragh KUMAR (IND) 68-69-74-70, BAEK Seuk-hyun (KOR) 73-69-69-70, HSU Mong-nan (TPE) 69-68-71-73, YEH Wei-tze (TPE) 73-67-67-74.
282 - Matthew STIEGER (AUS) 69-73-72-68, Berry HENSON (USA) 71-70-71-70.
284 - Rory HIE (INA) 72-72-72-68, Gunn CHAROENKUL (THA) 72-75-67-70.
285 - Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) 73-74-70-68.
286 - Jake HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS) 69-73-76-68, LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 72-70-72-72, Jaakko MAKITALO (FIN) 73-73-65-75.
About the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship
The Yeangder TPC is the brainchild of Yeangder Group Chairman Mr. Emmet Hsu. An avid golfer himself, he holds his own on the fairways as well as the boardroom. Mr. Hsu is a strong supporter for golf in Chinese Taipei and across the region. Apart from sponsoring the Yeangder TPC, Mr. Hsu also sponsors the Yeangder ADT and supports the leading Chinese Taipei players including Lin Wen-tang, Chan Yih-shin, Lin Wen-hong and Chan Shih-chang.
Inaugurated in 2010, the prize purse for the Yeangder TPC has grown from US$300,000 to US$500,000. The Yeangder TPC is a popular stop on the Asian Tour Schedule and it has welcomed many worthy champions such as Thaworn Wiratchant (2010), Lu Wei-chih (2011) and Ganganjeet Bhullar (2013).
The Yeangder Group has pledged to sponsor the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) on the Asian Tour for a further three years until 2015.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Canon (Official Imaging Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.