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Wiratchant Determined To Extend Record
September 12, 2012

Man of the moment Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand looks set to continue his dominance on the Asian Tour when the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) tees off on Thursday.

Thaworn Wiratchant
Thaworn Wiratchant

The decorated Thai already has an unprecedented 14 wins on the region's elite golf circuit and despite his age, he is determined to extend his illustrious record at the US$500,000 full-field Asian Tour event this week.

“I want to win more titles and that’s why I’m here in Taipei this week,” said Thaworn.

“Why stop when I’m still at the top? Golf is my life and I’ve worked hard to get to where I’m today. Hopefully I’ll be smiling again on Sunday,” added the 45-year-old, who surpassed countryman’s Thongchai Jaidee’s 13th Asian Tour title tally with his 14th Tour victory in Malaysia last week.

Standing in the way of Thaworn’s quest for more glory at the Linkou International Golf and Country club will be his idol Boonchu Ruangkit, the legendary 56-year-old who has been highly regarded as a role model for a generation of Thai players.

Boonchu, who is playing on a sponsor’s invite, is hearted to see the rise of Thai golfers on the international stage today.

He also believes that Thaworn, whom he has helped to guide since his formative years, will be able to stand the test of time and ink his place among one of Thailand’s finest exports.

“The key to staying competitive is to stay fit and I believe Thaworn still has what it takes to compete at the highest level. He’ll continue to do well,” said Boonchu.

A late-starter to the game, Boonchu only joined the play-for-play ranks at 30 after an impressive amateur career, which included victories at the Australian Amateur Championship and the Putra Cup in 1985.

Boonchu went on to win five times on the Asian Tour before continuing his golden years on the Seniors circuit.
He piled his trade in the United States for two years before a wrist injury put paid to his American dream. Boonchu, however found success on the European Seniors Tour after he recovered. He won four times in 2010 before going on to win the Order of Merit title.

“I’m going to give these younger guys a run for their money and it’ll a test of youth versus experience this week. It’s going to be interesting,” said Boonchu of his title ambitions at the Yeangder TPC.

Meanwhile Australia’s Marcus Both, who will be playing his 200th event on the Asian Tour, hopes that he can make it a week to remember with a win.

The 33-year-old Australian first burst into the scene during his rookie year in 2003 with a win in China.

Having kept his card every year since joining the Tour, Both ended a six-year winless streak by lifting his second Asian Tour title in Cambodia in 2009

Both knows that his third win on Tour is long overdue and he hopes that he can set the record straight by relying on the experience gain over the years to good effect.

“You’ve got to play to your strengths and I think I’ve done that over the years. I’ve learnt to adapt to the conditions that we play in every week and be a little smarter about preparation,” said Both

“I really like the course layout here. It’s hot and humid and it’s going to take lots of concentration to avoid making mistakes,” added the Australian.


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