Brilliant Prom sets course record 63

Sat 22 Nov 2014

Brilliant Prom sets course record 63

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Manila, November 22: Thailand’s Prom Meesawat exploded into life in the third round of the Resorts World Manila Masters presented by 918.com by shooting a new course record of nine-under-par 63 on Saturday.
In calm morning conditions, the 30-year-old Prom, who lost to China’s Liang Wen-chong in a play-off here last year, produced seven birdies and a closing eagle at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club to jump from one-over for the tournament to eight-under-par 208.
He will enter the final round in tied ninth position, nine shots behind runaway leader Mardan Mamat of Singapore, who leads on 199.
“Today is Moving Day and I have moved in the right position,” beamed Prom, who played in the fourth pairing out this morning.
“I played good from the tee and gave myself chances for my second shot. My putts ... every putt fitted my eye. I started to hole some putts from the second and third holes and I started to get my feeling back. I hit it good and it was a good finish on 18 with the eagle. But I still left some birdie putts out there. I only missed one fairway on one par five. I’m really happy to shoot a 63.”
Proom Meesawat of Thailand Proom Meesawat of Thailand
He attributed the ideal scoring conditions for his outstanding effort and reckoned he left some shots out on the course.
“It played a lot easier today. Playing early in the morning, there was no wind and it’s a big advantage. The guys playing in the afternoon will be difficult. That’s the difference between the first two rounds as I played in the wind then. It’s not easy to control the ball in the wind as the greens are quite small here,” said Prom, who is the highest ranked player in the field at third on the Order of Merit.
“I didn’t  know about the course record. So to eagle the last hole for the course record is very good. It’s great to be in contention now for the final round. I had about 200 yards to the front edge, 212 to the pin and I hit a rescue to just one foot of the flag. It felt really good.
“I still missed some chances for birdies on 10, 11 and 12 and it could have been lower. I think the leaders will get to 14 or 15 under, hopefully the wind picks up in the afternoon so that I won’t be too far behind by the end of the day.”
RWMM Rd 3 LamSingapore’s Lam Chih Bing, who birdied his closing four holes to qualify for the weekend right on the cut mark on Friday, shot a 68 to move up to the middle of the pack on Saturday. Lying in 84th position on the Order of Merit, his return to form could help salvage his card where he needs to finish in the top-60 by the end of the season.
“Today, I felt like I could actually play golf again. I got off to a really good start but unfortunately, I couldn’t keep the momentum going on the back nine. I had good chances on 16, 17 and 18 again but I’ll take this four under.
“At least today was much better. It wasn’t that much of a struggle. I’ll work on my putting a little bit as it’s still early in the morning!” said Lam, who was in the first pairing out at 7am and finishing his round an hour and 15 minutes before the leaders teed off.
He was delighted with his strong finish on Friday evening to avoid another early week on the Asian Tour.
“I’ve really been struggling with my game. Halfway through yesterday’s round, it looked like I wasn’t going to make it. But I guess that’s golf. I’m pretty happy right now but to make four birdies to make the cut, I don’t know what to say,” he said.
“It feels like I’m trying so hard just to make the cut. The game is not where it should be. I’ve been out here long enough to know that every dollar counts on Tour. Hopefully these last four holes will turn my season around.
“I don’t know what clicked. I didn’t feel that bad. It’s just I’m hitting good shots but not getting rewarded. I just made good swings coming down the stretch. I was trying to grind it out and I’m pleased with that. Obviously, there’s still things I need to work on. My swing is not where I want it to be. Hopefully after these four holes, I will get more confidence heading into the weekend rounds.”
Sponsors of the Resorts World Manila Masters include Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club, Bally Technologies, Aristocrat, International Gaming Technology, Renoir Implementation Services, Marriott, Philippine Airlines, Maybank, PLDT and Avis.