Tim Stewart finally finds form in Taipei
BY Asian Tour | 14 Sep 2013
Taipei, September 13: Thai legend Thaworn Wiratchant showcased his short-game prowess when he seized the second round lead with a five-under-par 67 at the US$500,000 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) on Friday.
Thaworn, the reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, overcame his poor iron shots with a master class display around the greens at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
He leads by one-shot on eight-under-par 136 from Asian Development Tour (ADT) graduate Hsu Mong-nan (68) of Chinese Taipei and India’s Chiragh Kumar, who battled to a 69 despite struggling with a flu.
Asian Tour Qualifying School winner Chan Kim of the United States carded a flawless 68 to sit in fourth position on 138 while Tim Stewart of Australia was a further shot back at the Yeangder TPC, which is staged on the Asian Tour Schedule for the fourth consecutive year.
Thaworn, winner of the Yeangder TPC in 2010, sank a 10-foot eagle putt on the first hole and continued to soar with an impeccable short-game which earned the admiration from playing partner Jonathan Moore of the United States, who shot a disappointing 75.
“I hit about four greens but I was saved by my chipping and putting. Jonathan said he was watching a US$100,000 short game golf clinic,” smiled the 46-year-old Thaworn, who holds an unprecedented 15 Asian Tour titles.
The leading Australian is former Australian Amateur Champion Tim Stewart who has finally found some form after missing 14 of his last 17 cuts.
Joint first round leader Sam Brazel, Matthew Stieger and Jake Higginbottom are the next best of the Aussies in a share of 9th position.
The halfway cut at the Yeangder TPC was set at four-over-par 148 with a total of 77 players advancing into the weekend rounds.
Scores after round 2 of the Yeangder TPC being played at the par 72, 7125 Yards Linkou GCC course (a- denotes amateur):
136 – Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 69-67.
137 – HSU Mong-nan (TPE) 69-68, Chiragh KUMAR (IND) 68-69.
138 – Chan KIM (USA) 70-68.
139 – Timothy STEWART (AUS) 70-69.
140 – YEH Wei-tze (TPE) 73-67.
141 – Berry HENSON (USA) 71-70, Adam GROOM (AUS) 69-72.
142 – Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 68-74, LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 72-70, CHAN Shih-chang (TPE) 71-71, Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 71-71, Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 66-76, BAEK Seuk-hyun (KOR) 73-69, Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 73-69, Richard T. LEE (CAN) 74-68, Matthew STIEGER (AUS) 69-73, Jake HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS) 69-73.
143 – KIM Gi-whan (KOR) 67-76, Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 71-72, LU Wei-chih (TPE) 74-69.
144 – Rahil GANGJEE (IND) 70-74, Marcus BOTH (AUS) 72-72, LU Chien-soon (TPE) 72-72, Mithun PERERA (SRI) 73-71, Darren BECK (AUS) 71-73, SUNG Mao-chang (TPE) 70-74, LIN Keng-chi (TPE) 72-72, Rory HIE (INA) 72-72, Mardan MAMAT (SIN) 71-73, Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 71-73, Panuwat MUENLEK (THA) 70-74.