Mon, Sep 19, 2005 - Page 20 News List

Thai wins Taiwan Open while tying course record


Tharworn Wiratchant of Thailand holds his trophy after winning the Taiwan Open in Linkou on Sunday.


Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant came from three shots behind to fire an eight-under-par 64 yesterday to win the Taiwan Open, his second Asian Tour title of the season.

The score, which tied the Chang Gung Golf Club course record, gave Thaworn a four-day total of 18-under-par 270, putting him one stroke ahead of fellow Thai Chapchai Nirat.

"I'm really happy," Thaworn said. "Everything worked in my favor in the final round."

Chapchai shot a five-under 67 Sunday for a four-day total of 271.

Overnight leader Scott Strange (70) ended three strokes off the pace and settled for a share of third place with fellow Australian Terry Pilkadaris (68) and Taiwan's Lu Wei-lan (67).

Strange, chasing his second title of the year after his success at the Myanmar Open, was in the hunt on the back nine but bogeyed at the par-five 12th and 14th holes.

With solid driving, Thaworn birdied the third, fourth, seventh and eighth holes and tied for the lead after a chip-in birdie on 10th. He then surged ahead with birdies on the 11th, 12th and 14th holes.

"I thought that three shots back were a bit too much for me but when I started to putt well and caught the leaders, I knew I had a good chance to win," he said.

Thaworn's win puts him back atop the Asian Tour Order of Merit, a week after he was surpassed by fellow Thai Thongchai Jaidee, who did not play in Taipei.

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