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Name: - Thaworn Wiratchant
Country: - Thailand
Born : - December 28, 1966 in Nakhon Prathorn, Thailand.
Original Home/Club: - Army GC, Bangkok, Thailand.
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1987

Roll of Honour

Multiple wins on the Asian and European Tours. Asian Tour Order of Merit winner (2005, 2012).


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In terms of tournaments won, Wiratchant is the Asian Tour's most successful golfer of all time. To date he has recorded 18 wins on the Tour.

Wiratchant developed his game at the Army Golf Club in Bangkok where his parents worked. He fashioned a swing that is regarded as unorthodox; his hands are set directly above his head at the top of the backswing, followed by a long and extended follow through. Any wayward approach shots are corrected by a fabulous short game. When not practicing golf, Wiratchant indulges a love of fast cars.


Top tournaments won by Thaworn Wiratchant

2018Snr EuropeSharjah Snr MastersSharjah G&SC204 (-12)€51,319
Played as the Sharjah Senior Golf Masters presented by Shurooq (March 8-10; Eurpn Snr Tr season-opener). Wiratchant (Thai) beat Dennis Clark (USA) with a par at the fourth playoff hole (par-4 18th), to record back-to-back wins on the European Snr Tour. Peter Fowler (Aus) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. Final holes of the playoff played under floodlight as darkness fell. [Sharjah G&SC, Sharjah, UAE].
2017Snr EuropeTour Championship (Eurpn Snrs)Belle Mare Plage193 (-23)€68,486
Played as the MCB Tour Championship (Dec 8-10; Eurpn Snr Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Mark McNulty (Ire) finished 8 shots behind 50-year-old Wiratchant (Thai), who recorded his first win on the European Senior Tour with a final round 10-under-par 62. [Legend course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Post de Flacq, Mauritius].
2014Men AsiaKing's CupSingha Park KK268 (-20)US$90,000
Played as the King's Cup (Nov 27-30; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Andrew Dodt (Aus) and Anirban Lahiri (India) finished 2 shots behind Wiratchant (Thai), who also won Thailand's Queen's Cup in 2014. [Singha Park Khon Kaen GC, Khon Kaen, Thailand].
2014Men AsiaQueen's CupSantiburi Samui CC272 (-12)US$54,000
Played as the Queen's Cup Bangkok Airways (June 5-8; Asian Tr event; in honour of Queen Sirikit of Thailand). Second-placed Poom Saksansin (Thai) finished 1 shot behind 47-year-old Wiratchant (Thai), who claimed his 17th Asian Tour win. [Santiburi Samui CC, Koh Samui Island, Thailand].
2013Men AsiaYeangder TPCLinkou Intl275 (-13)US$90,000
Played as the Yeangder TPC-Tournament Players Championship (Sept 12-15; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Chan Kim (USA) finished 1 shot behind Wiratchant (Thai), who claimed his 16th Asian Tr title. [Linkou International G&CC, Taipei, Taiwan].
2012Men AsiaIndian OpenKarnataka GA270 (-14)US$198,125
Played as the Hero Indian Open (Oct 18-21; Asian Tr event). Wiratchant (Thai) beat Richie Ramsay (Scot) with a bogey at the first playoff hole, to win his third Asian Tour title of 2012. [Karnataka Golf Assoc, Kodihalli, Bangalore, Karnataka].
2012Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Asian Tr$738,046see Score
Wiratchant (Thai) won his second Asian Tour 2012 Order of Merit, with earnings of US$738,046 on the Tour. Marcus Fraser (Aus) was second with $672,744; Jbe Kruger (RSA) was third with $474,988.
2012Men AwardsPlyrs Plyr of Yr - Asian Trxn/a
Wiratchant (Thai) won the Asian Tour Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of his peers.
2012Men AsiaQueen's CupSantiburi Samui CC277 (-7)US$47,550
Played as the Queen's Cup (June 14-17; Asian Tr event; in honour of Queen Sirikit of Thailand). Second-placed Juvic Pagunsan (Phil) and Siddikur Rahman (Ban) finished 3 shots behind Wiratchant (Thai), who recorded his 13th Asian Tour win, equalling Thongchai Jaidee (Thai) for most Asian Tour wins. [Santiburi Samui CC, Koh Samui island, Thailand].
2012Men AsiaSelangor MastersKota Permai G&CC272 (-16)US$60,900
Played as the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters (Sept 5-8; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) finished 3 shots behind Wiratchant (Thai). [Kota Permai G&CC, Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia].
2011Men AsiaIndonesia OpenDamai Indah (PIK)275 (-13)US$180,000
Played as the Indonesia Open presented by Enjoy Jakarta (July 14-17; OneAsia Tr event). Second-placed Rory Hie (Indonesia), Choi Jin-Ho (S Kor) and defending champion Michael Hendry (NZ) finished 1 shot behind Wiratchant (Thai). [Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) course, Damai Indah Golf, North Jakarta, Indonesia].
2010Men AsiaYeangder TPCLinkou Intl206 (-10)US$47,500
Played as the inaugural Yeangder TPC-Tournament Players Championship (Sept 16-19; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Chinnarat Phadungsil (Thai) finished 1 shot behind Wiratchant (Thai). Reduced to 54 holes due to threat posed by Typhoon Fanapi on the Sunday. [Linkou International G&CC, Taipei, Taiwan].
2009Men AsiaMacau OpenMacau G&CC269 (-15)US$79,250
Played as the Macau Open (Sept 10-13; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Gaganjeet Bhullar (India) finished 6 shots behind Wiratchant (Thai), who claimed his 11th Asian Tour win. [Macau G&CC, Macau, China].
2008Men AsiaBangkok Airways OpenSantiburi Samui CC271 (-13)US$47,550
Played as the Bangkok Airways Open (June 5-8; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Shintaro Kai (Jpn) finished 3 shots behind Wiratchant (Thai), who claimed his tenth Asian Tour win. [Santiburi Samui CC, Koh Samui Island, Thailand].
2007Men AsiaChina ClassicRoyal Orchid Intl.263 (-21)US$63,400
Played as the inaugural Midea China Classic (Sept 13-16; Asian Tr event). Wiratchant (Thai) beat Chinarat Phadungsil (Thai) with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole. Simon Yates (Scot) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Royal Orchid Intl GC, nr Foshan, Guangzhou, China].
2005Men AsiaCarlsberg Masters-VietnamChi Linh Star G&CC281 (-7)US$31,500
Played as the Carlsberg Masters Vietnam presented by Thai Airways Intl (Nov 17-20; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Chris Rodgers (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Wiratchant (Thai). [Chi Linh Star G&CC, Hai Duong, nr Hanoi, Vietnam].
2005Men AsiaIndian OpenDelhi GC272 (-16)US$47,250
Played as the Hero Honda Indian Open (Oct 27-30; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Gaurav Ghei (India) finished 2 shots behind Wiratchant (Thai). [Delhi GC, New Delhi, India].
2005Men AsiaIndonesia OpenCengkareng GC255 (-25)US$166,660
Played as the Enjoy Jakarta Standard Chartered Indonesia Open (March 24-27; Asian/Eurpn Trs event; last played in 1998). Second-placed Raphaël Jacquelin (Fra) finished 5 shots behind first-time European Tour winner Wiratchant (Thai). A final round 60 moved Colin Montgomerie into joint third place. [Cengkareng GC, Jakarta Intl Airport, Indonesia].
2005Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Asian Tr$510,122see Score
Wiratchant (Thai) won the Asian Tour 2005 Order of Merit, with earnings of US$510,122 on the Tour. Thongchai Jaidee (Thai) was second with $454,335; Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) was third with $329,835.
2005Men AwardsPlyrs Plyr of Yr - Asian Trxx
Wiratchant (Thai) won the Asian Tour Players' Player of the Year Award, based on the votes of his peers.
2005Men AsiaTaiwan OpenChang Gung GC270 (-18)US$47,250
Played as the Taiwan Open (Sept 15-18; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Chapchai Nirat (Thai) finished 1 shot behind Wiratchant (Thai). [Chang Gung GC, Guishan District, nr Taipei, Taiwan].
2004Men AsiaTaiwan MastersTaiwan G&CC283 (-5)US$77,968
Played as the Mercuries Taiwan Masters (Sept 16-19; Asian Tr event). Chris Williams (Eng/RSA) and Yuan-chi Chen (Taiw) finished in second place behind Wiratchant (Thai). [Tamsui course, Taiwan G&CC, Taipei, Taiwan].
2001Men AsiaSingapore OpenJurong CC272 (-16)US$48,450
Played as the Alcatel Singapore Open (June 21-24; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Yu-shu Hsieh (Taiw) finished 1 shot behind Wiratchant (Thai). [Jurong CC, Jurong, Singapore].
2001Men AsiaVolvo Masters (Malaysia)Kota Permai G&CC271 (-17)US$44,412
Played as the Volvo Masters of Malaysia (Aug 9-12; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Scott Kammann (USA) finished 3 shots behind Wiratchant (Thai). [Kota Permai G&CC, Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia].
1996Men AsiaSabah MastersSabah G&CC282 (-6)
Played as the Sabah Masters (Asian Tr event). Second-placed Jeff Wagner (Aus) and Chih-chen Lin (Taiw) finished 2 shots behind Wiratchant (Thai), who recorded his first Asian Tour win. [Sabah G&CC, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Indonesia].

 

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