Thaworn's appetite for success just gets bigger

Mon 09 Jun 2014

Thaworn's appetite for success just gets bigger

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Singapore, June 9: There seem to be no stopping the evergreen Thaworn Wiratchant  these days.
At 47 years old, even age cannot inhibit the Thai veteran’s record breaking run which already includes being the oldest Asian Tour Order of Merit champion in 2012 and becoming the all-time leading Asian Tour winner.
Fresh off winning an unprecedented 17th Asian Tour title at the Queen’s Cup on Sunday, Thaworn’s appetite for success has grown even bigger and he is not showing any signs of slowing down.
He quipped, “It’ll be 20 (wins) soon … just joking! It is so meaningful to me, whether it’s a small or big tournament, every tournament, I am always trying my best.”
Even when faced with a five-shot deficit heading into the final round, Thaworn was steady under pressure and would emerge as the last man standing after 72 holes at the Santiburi Samui Country Club.
He drained a five-foot birdie putt on 18 to pip his compatriot, Poom Saksansin, who is more than 20 years his junior, by one shot to lift the Queen’s Cup for the second time in three years.
“I knew I had to make birdie on 18 to win. 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. So I was confident from there onwards,” said Thaworn.
With his win, Thaworn pocketed the winner’s prize cheque of US$54,000 and moved up to 11th place on the Order of Merit after seven starts on the Asian Tour.
Poom, who led for three rounds, conceded he wilted under the intense pressure of trying to win his maiden Asian Tour title.
He said, “There was pressure. My heart needs to be stronger. Maybe I need more experience.”
The 21-year-old however found consolation in his merit ranking where he jumped from 69th to 26th place, courtesy of his runner-up finish.
EurAsia Cup heroes Anirban Lahiri of India continued to take pole position on the ranking where he leads with US$245,910 despite a tied-37th finish while Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman, who finished with a share of third place, is in ninth place after amassing US$79,879.
ASIAN TOUR ORDER OF MERIT (TOP-20)
Pos      Player Order of Merit
1          Anirban LAHIRI   (IND)                        $245,910.42
2          Rikard KARLBERG   (SWE)                   $143,400.00
3          David LIPSKY   (USA)                           $141,712.50
4          Rahil GANGJEE   (IND)                        $108,997.25
5          BAEK Seuk-hyun   (KOR)                      $104,609.29
6          Richard T. LEE   (CAN)                        $97,438.33
7          S.S.P CHOWRASIA   (IND)                    $87,457.63
8          Antonio LASCUNA   (PHI)                    $85,098.50
9          Siddikur RAHMAN   (BAN)                  $79,879.67
10        Rashid KHAN   (IND)                            $77,697.50
11        Thaworn WIRATCHANT   (THA)          $76,011.25
12        Arnond VONGVANIJ   (THA)                $65,989.88
13        Cameron SMITH   (AUS)                     $65,850.00
14        Marcus BOTH   (AUS)                         $65,084.00
15        Masahiro KAWAMURA   (JPN)            $59,746.00
16        Prom MEESAWAT   (THA)                   $57,322.29
17        Jason KNUTZON   (USA)                      $54,860.00
18        Thongchai JAIDEE   (THA)                   $51,643.75
19        Carlos PIGEM   (ESP)                           $50,530.00
20        Chawalit PLAPHOL   (THA)                  $47,645.00
Ends.
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