Hard work pays off for Thaworn

There is no shortcut to success for Thaworn Wiratchant as he credited hard work for his record 14th Asian Tour victory at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters.

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Thaworn cemented his position as one of Asia's greats when he defeated India's rising star Gaganjeet Bhullar by three shots to surpass Thongchai Jaidee's 13th Asian Tour title tally.

At the age of 45, the hunger for more success has not declined for Thaworn as he continues to maintain his game at the highest standard through constant practice.

He is the only player to win multiple titles on the Asian Tour this year and will be the hot favourite heading into the US$500,000 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Chinese Taipei which starts on Thursday. He won the event in 2010.

"The first time I joined the Asian Tour, I couldn't make the cut. I never thought I would come this far. After I won my first title (1996 Sabah Masters in Malaysia), I thought I could win more and I kept practising more and more to make myself better," said Thaworn.

"I practice too much. I wake up at 5.20 every morning, my wife will ask me ‘Where are you going?' I will go to the golf course and then come back at 8.10 and at 9, I'll go out to the course again. I like doing so, I like to play golf. If I don't play golf or practice, I get very tired and I'll be sleeping at home," he added.

The win also pushed him to second place on the Asian Tour's career earnings where he has winnings of US$3,322,013 in 340 Asian Tour events. He trails countryman Thongchai by over US$1 million.

Thaworn admits he does not have a perfect swing but will continue to maintain his unorthodox swing and short game prowess where he averaged 27.25 putting strokes per round on the fast and tricky greens at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club last week.

"As I get older, I will practice harder and get more experience. I don't have a complete or perfect swing but I practiced hard to ensure I could maintain the same swing. I believe in my swing," said Thaworn, who leads the Asian Tour birdie category with 191 birdies.

He is currently in third place on the Order of Merit with earnings of US$276,014 and is in position of winning the accolade for the second time after winning the Asian Tour money list in 2005.

"I believe if your physical is good, you can play golf the whole week without getting tired and gives me a good chance at winning. I follow my idol, who also stays healthy - Boonchu Ruangkit. If I can stay healthy, then I can win more tournaments," he said.

Asian Tour graduate Javi Colomo of Spain finished tied third at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters for a third top-five finish this season and is eyeing a first victory on the region's established Tour.

"I've been playing well in the last few months but I need to train on my putting. In general, I feel confident with my game. I will like to win a tournament and it will be fantastic to have a victory on the Asian Tour because there are a lot of good players here," said Colomo, who is in 19th place on the Order of Merit.

Marcus Fraser of Australia continues to lead on the Order of Merit on US$448,710 while Jbe Kruger of South Africa trails by almost US$8,000 in second place.

Asian Tour rookie David Lipsky of the United States is in fourth position followed by Prom Meesawat of Thailand on US$211,695 and US$181,919 respectively.

India's Bhullar, who settled for second at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters is in 10th place on the Order of Merit with US$129,796 while Michael Tran's third place result pushed him to 62nd. The top-60 at the end of the season earn full playing rights for 2013.

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