Thaworn targets 19th Asian Tour victory

Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant.

Incheon: Thaworn Wiratchant hopes to win this week's Shinhan Donghae Open as he is happy to be back on the Asian Tour.

The Thai has spent much of his time playing on the European Senior Tour this year.

The 50-year-old holds the most Asian Tour victories with 18 titles and is looking to add to his tally with another grandstand finish in South Korea this week.

"I've been playing on the Senior Tour in Europe since I turned 50 [in December last year]. It was a new experience for me as the playing conditions are very different," he said.

"The yardages of the golf courses are also shorter for old men like us and I've been learning to adapt to these new playing experiences. But it's always nice to come back and play on the Asian Tour where I'm more familiar with the conditions. Hopefully, I can win again."

India's Jeev Milkha Singh returned to nostalgic grounds, hoping to revive his winning memories of the Shinhan Donghae Open which starts tomorrow.

Singh won his first professional tournament at the Shinhan Donghae Open in 1994 and has since gone on to establish himself as one of Asia's most decorated players, winning six times on the Asian Tour and multiple times in Japan and Europe.

"A lot has changed since I won this event in 1994,'' he said.

"The prize money has changed and the standard of golf is better. When I came here in 1994, it was such an important event for me. The win changed my career," Singh said.

"I turned professional in 1993 and when you just turn pro, you don't have too much money and you're just trying to make ends meet. No sponsors want to touch you. I came out here, won this event which changed my life. I became more comfortable after my win as I started doing well in more tournaments."

Singh, who was also Asia's top player in 2006 and 2008, will be up against a strong field that features some of the region's best players including Thaworn, South Korea's Bae Sang-Moon, defending champion Gaganjeet Bhullar of India, and Malaysia's Gavin Green.

Green is confident of mounting a strong challenge when the 33rd edition of the Korean showpiece gets underway at the Bear's Best Cheongna Golf Club.

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