TAIPEI (AFP) – Thai star Thaworn Wiratchant rushed to see a doctor after suffering irregular heartbeats and trembling hands during his second round at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) in Taipei Friday.
The defending champion shot a 69 to lie two shots off the lead on five-under par despite not feeling himself on the par-72 Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
“I was shaking during the round so I went to see the doctor after submitting my scorecard,” the 47-year-old said in comments released by the organisers.
“The doctor said everything was okay and she explained that it might have been stress. Hopefully I feel better tomorrow,” added Thaworn, a two-time winner of the event.
The Thai veteran is joint fourth, behind leaders Antonio Lascuna and Cameron Smith who are on seven-under.
Lascuna, from the Philippines, holed a crucial 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th as he bids for a first Asian Tour title, while Smith signed for a 67 and a halfway score of 137.
“My putting was really good. I managed to save a lot for pars. It’s not easy to putt here so I’m very pleased with my performance so far,” Lascuna said.