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Friday, 19 March 2010
OKI Castellon Senior Tour Championship Day 2  (Getty Images)
OKI Castellon Senior Tour Championship Day 2 (Getty Images)

The European Senior Tour’s Far East foray continues this week when the Chang Thailand Senior Masters presented by ISPS makes its debut on the 2010 schedule with Scotland’s Sam Torrance looking to continue his fine start to the season.  

Torrance, the 2009 Order of Merit winner, has made a strong start to his defence of the John Jacobs Trophy, finishing tied third in the 2010 season opening event in Mauritius and tied fifth last week in The Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters presented by The Stapleford Forum.

He will head to the Royal Gems Golf Club in Nakhonpathom, Thailand, full of confidence following a superb final round 65 in Brunei.

That helped the 2002 Ryder Cup Captain move up to second in the Order of Merit behind current leader Kevin Spurgeon, who captured his maiden victory in Mauritius.

Joining Spurgeon and Torrance in the field will be the 2006 Ryder Cup Captain Ian Woosnam, who finished in a share of 17th in Brunei on his first appearance of the new season.

The Welshman was runner up to Torrance in the 2009 Order of Merit and will be looking to recapture the form that yielded the PGA Handa Cup Philanthropy Senior Tournament in Japan at the end of last year.

Fellow former Masters Tournament winner Sandy Lyle will be looking for an improvement on his tied 37th finish in Brunei as he continues his search for a first Senior Tour title.

That will also be the goal of South African Chris Williams and Englishman Roger Chapman, who finished third and fourth respectively in Brunei.

Thailand’s Boonchu Ruangkit will lead the home challenge following his superb play-off victory last week in The Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters presented by The Stapleford Forum.

Ruangkit defeated Frankie Minoza of the Philippines on the second extra hole after the pair tied on 14 under par 199 at the Empire Hotel & Country Club to become the first player to win on his Senior Tour debut since Michael Allen in the 2009 US Senior PGA Championship.

The Chang Thailand Senior Masters presented by ISPS, which has a prize fund of $400,000, continues the Senior Tour’s relationship with promoters WSM Sponsorship, which also backed last week’s event in Brunei.

It is the Senior Tour’s first visit to Thailand and Royal Gems Golf Club, which is known as "The Crown Jewel" of Thailand's golf courses and is commonly recognised as one of the best courses in South East Asia.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1RUANGKIT, BoonchuTHA18-21
T2MINOZA, FrankiePHI18-10
T2TOMORI, KatsuyoshiJPN18-10
T2CHITPRASONG, JamnianTHA18-10
T5BRAND, Gordon JENG18-8
T5EBIHARA, SeijiJPN18-8
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