Xiamen, China, November 29: Thailand’s Prom Meesawat will take aim at a third Asian Tour victory when he steps up to the tee at the inaugural KG S&H CITY Asian Golf Championship starting on Thursday.
The 33-year-old Thai, who last won on the Asian Tour in 2014, is making a long-awaited return to China, which has proved to be his happy hunting ground thanks to some solid results in the past.
Prom will be amongst the talented line-up of players gathered at the Kaikou Golf Club for the US$350,000 event, which marks the first jointly-sanctioned event between the Asian Tour and the China Golf Association (CGA) in nine years.
Marcus Both of Australia is hoping that his familiarity with the weather and course conditions in China will aid him in his pursuit of his fourth Asian Tour win and a first since 2014.
China’s Liu Yan-wei is tipped to shine on home soil. A good finish in Xiamen will propel the 20-year-old up the Asian Tour Order of Merit where he is currently ranked 87th. The top 60 players on the money list at the end of the season will earn playing rights for 2018.
Other notable players in the field include Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang and Lin Wen-tang, Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung, England’s Steve Lewton and Anthony Kang of the United States, all winners on the region’s premier Tour.
Did you know?
- Prom is enjoying a relatively good season so far, claiming two consecutive top-10 finishes in Chinese Taipei and Macao last month. He sits in 31st place on the current Asian Tour Order of Merit.
- Prom, a two-time winner on the Asian Tour, is nicknamed the ‘Big Dolphin’ due to his burly physique and because he comes from the coastal town of Hua Hin, south of Bangkok.
- Marcus Both is a three-time winner on the Asian Tour. His first win was in China, at the 2003 Sanya Open.
- The 38-year-old Both last won in 2014 in the Philippines where he entered as a sponsor’s invitee. That victory was sweet as he thought of quitting the game after losing his Tour card in 2013 for the first time in 11 seasons.
- Sitting in a current 88th place on the Order of Merit, Both needs a strong showing to break into top-60 and retain his card for the 2018 season. He had regained his card at the 2017 Qualifying School earlier in January.
- Liu is the highest-ranked Chinese player in the field this week. Ranked 1092nd on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) at the start of the season, the 20-year-old Liu has risen to a current 650th position, thanks to commendable results on the Asian Tour, Asian Development Tour and the European Tour this season.
Prom Meesawat (Tha)
It’s great to be back in China. I think everyone is really looking forward to playing more tournaments here.
For this week, I’m looking for a win to end the tail end of the season with a flourish. I have always had good results in China, so it seems that I like to play in this region. Hopefully, I’ll win this week.
I’ve had my ups and downs this season. However, I’m putting more focus on the Asian Tour and the results seem to reflect that.
I’m hitting the ball well. I’m currently working on my putting and with that, I hope for another good result here in China.
Marcus Both (Aus)
It was exciting to read about the agreement between the Asian Tour and the CGA. The opportunity to come back to China opens up the Asian Tour’s market gives us more opportunities to play in some amazing golf courses.
It only seemed like yesterday, even though the win (in Sanya, China) happened nearly 15 years ago! I’ve also played quite well in other events in China.
I’m excited to be back. The weather is cooler and the greens are similar to what I’m used to playing on in Melbourne. I am also looking forward to help grow the relationship between Asian Tour and CGA.
Liu Yan-wei (Chn)
It will be my first time playing an Asian Tour tournament in China. I’m really glad to have to chance to play in this tournament and the fact that the Asian Tour and China Golf Association are co-sanctioning events again.
This is great for the Asian Tour and China Tour players, as it means that we can have more playing opportunities.
The course is looking great, but it’s really challenging, especially the greens. You also have to be accurate with your drives.
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