Thaworn hopeful of 15th title
Thai veteran Thaworn Wiratchant, winner of a record 14 Asian Tour titles, is hoping to extend his dominance of the circuit by taking the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship which starts on Thursday.
The 45-year-old will face stiff competition from his idol Boonchu Ruangkit and countryman Thongchai Jaidee for the $500 000 event taking place at Linkou International Golf and Country club in Taiwan's capital.
"I want to win more titles and that's why I'm here in Taipei this week," said Thaworn, who overtook Thongchai's record of 13 Asian Tour titles by winning in Malaysia last week.
"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," he added.
Boonchu, 56, who has won five times on the Asian Tour and is regarded as an inspiration for a generation of Thai players, said: "I'm going to give these younger guys a run for their money and it'll be a test of youth versus experience this week. It's going to be interesting."
Australian Marcus Both, who will be playing his 200th event on the Asian Tour when he tees off on Thursday, is hoping he can spoil the Thais' party and take his third title on the circuit.
"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," he said.
"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," he added.