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Monday, 03 December 2018
Thaworn Wiratchant  (Getty Images)
Thaworn Wiratchant (Getty Images)
One year on from his MCB Tour Championship heroics, Thaworn Wiratchant is determined to become the first person to successfully defend in the Indian Ocean since Paul Wesselingh in 2014.

Last year, Wiratchant, the all-time leading winner on the Asian Tour, recorded the lowest-ever 54-hole tournament score in Staysure Tour history – 23 under par.

Not since Bob Cameron won the Sanremo Masters in 2004 had any player on the Staysure Tour finished a tournament in so few strokes, but that doesn’t tell the full story.

Cameron’s score of 193 was achieved on the par 69 Sanremo Golf Course, and the Englishman signed for a 14 under par total.

Wiratchant, however, matched Cameron’s 193 total on the par 72 Legends Course on the Mauritian coast, recording the historic 23 under par total.

It was the second time that season the score-to-par record had been broken, with Wiratchant going one better than Barry Lane’s 22 under par total at the Willow Senior Golf Classic.

He started the final day tied for the lead with Australia’s Peter Fowler but raced into the lead as he birdied six holes on the front nine to make the turn five under par.

Wiratchant then birdied the 13th, 14th and 17th holes and eagled the last to etch his name in the history books and secure his first over-50s title.

Currently 23rd on the Staysure Tour Order of Merit, Wiratchant looks set to be one of the 32 participants in the first ever MCB Tour Championship – Seychelles, which will bring the 2018 Staysure Tour season to a close.

“I can’t wait to return to Mauritius,” said Wiratchant. “The welcome we received from all the staff was very friendly and I enjoyed my first experience as a senior golfer on this beautiful island.

“Winning last year was very important for me, as I wanted to prove to myself that I have what it takes to win at this level – competition was fierce all week and to finish ahead of so many great players was very humbling.

“This year will be even more special as we have the opportunity to go to Seychelles the following week. I haven’t been to the island before but, if it is anything like Mauritius, we will have a fantastic time.”

After finishing the 2017 season with a victory, he began the new year in fine style as he won the Sharjah Senior Golf Masters presented by Shurooq in the United Arab Emirates.

Facing 2017 Staysure Tour Number One Clark Dennis and six-time winner Peter Fowler in a play-off, Wiratchant secured back-to-back titles on the fourth extra hole. He then went on to finish in a share of sixth place at The Home of Golf at The Senior Open Presented by Rolex, which was held on the Old Course at St Andrews for the first time in its 32-year history.

“I’ve had two very good results this year, the first being my victory in Sharjah and then at the Old Course. St Andrews was a wonderful experience for all of us; I didn’t get the chance to play the Old Course in a Major Championship so it was fantastic to be able to play there this year.”

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2ATLEVI, Magnus PSWE18-15
3CHAPMAN, RogerENG18-13
T4MCGINLEY, PaulIRL18-12
T4PRICE, PhillipWAL18-12
6LEHMAN, TomUSA18-11

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