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At 52, the Thai veteran holds the distinction of having the most number of Asian Tour victories with a total of 18 wins.
“My good friend Lu Wen-teh was asking me to come back here and play. And I thought to myself, why not? It has been some time since I last played an Asian Tour event and it’ll be nice to come back and show all my friends, both young and old that I still got the game to compete and even win,” said the 52-year-old who holds the record for the most number of Asian Tour victories with a 18 total wins.
While he plays predominately on the Senior Tour in Japan and Europe nowadays, Thaworn knows he can still give his younger rivals a run for their money especially with his vast experience and mental toughness.
“Never write off an old man. I enjoy playing on this golf course and I feel it suits my playing style as it’s also not that long, which obviously gives me a chance. I’ve been away playing mostly on the Senior Tour in Japan and Europe. Golf is my life and it’s something which I enjoy. I’ll not give it up for anything else,” added the Thai veteran whose last win on the Asian Tour came in 2014 when he won the King’s Cup on home soil.
Chinese Taipei’s Lu Wei-chih, who has won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters three times in 2015, 2011 and 2016, is confident of emerging victorious again at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club.
Lu showed glimpses of his best form when he finished tied-eighth in Japan earlier this year and is pleased to have his career back on track again after undergoing a brain surgery in 2012.
American Berry Henson is also back and hoping to make up for the disappointment of last year when he finished just one shot back of eventual champion Adilson Da Silva of Brazil.
He finished tied-second together with Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-tang, one shot back of Adilson Da Silva at last year’s Mercuries Taiwan Masters.