Gutsy Prom stays in the hunt

Fri 22 Mar 2013

Gutsy Prom stays in the hunt

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Kuala Lumpur, March 22: Prom Meesawat brilliantly bounced back from a poor start to salvage a second round of one-under-par 71 and stay in the title chase at the US$2.75 million Maybank Malaysian Open on Friday.
The burly Thai returned early in the morning to complete eight holes of his interrupted first round in 68 but struggled early on in his second round with three bogeys in his opening six holes at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
However, the 28-year-old, who has two top-10s in the championship, fought back with birdies on 18, two, three and seven, leaving him four shots behind clubhouse co-leaders Charl Schwartzel of South Africa and China’s Wu Ashun, who lead on nine-under-par 139.
“It has been a tough day. I finished 26 holes. I dropped three shots after six holes but it was a good fight back from me. I told myself that it will be a long and tiring day. I stayed calm and tried to give myself birdie chances,” said Prom, who is nicknamed the Big Dolphin due to his physique and the fact that he hails from a coastal town.
A four-foot birdie on the 18th hole sparked his fight back. Coming in, Prom, who is searching for his second Asian Tour title since his lone win in 2006, played superbly as he peppered the pins with some wonderful iron play.
“I had a good birdie putt on the 18th hole and that made my back nine a bit easier. That was the turning point because after that, I birdied the second and third holes,” he said.
Prom, who finished tied 29th at last week’s Avantha Masters in India, hopes to wield a hot putter over the weekend to challenge for the Maybank Malaysian Open title.
“The last couple of weeks, my putting hasn’t worked very well. But this week, when I had a chance for birdies, I could make it. It felt like it’s getting better. Just see what I can keep doing,” said Prom.
He was especially pleased that he finished his second round before play was suspended due to a lightning storm at 3.20pm.
“If I needed to come back tomorrow to finish one hole then it would have been boring. At least now I can rest and relax,” he said.
Countryman Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who led overnight with a 65, could manage only one hole of his second round when players were called back in due to the inclement weather.
Prom was not surprised at all to see Kiradech, who finished fourth at the Avantha Masters in India last week and third in the Zaykabar Myanmar Open last month, in contention at the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
“Kiradech is playing really good now. We practice a lot together. The way he plays, it makes golf looks easy. Any Thai golfers leading the way, I’m just very happy. When I see a lot of Thais on the leaderboard, I’m happy,” said Prom.
 
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