Pagunsan & Prom lead Asian charge #MMO

Fri 06 Feb 2015

Pagunsan & Prom lead Asian charge #MMO

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Kuala Lumpur, February 6: Former Asian Tour number one Juvic Pagunsan cruised into the top-10 at the halfway stage of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Friday, crediting a rigorous pre-season preparation for his rise.
The smooth-swinging Filipino fired a bogey-free three-under-par 69 to move into tied ninth place at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s West course on four-under-par 140, some seven shots behind co-leaders Lee Westwood and Alejandro Canizares.
Prom Meesawat of Thailand, third on the Order of Merit last season, battled to a 72 as he joined Pagunsan as the leading Asians in the US$3 million showpiece, which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Pagunsan, Asia’s number one in 2011, missed eight greens in regulation but his brilliant short game where he needed only 25 putts kept the bogeys away. “It was really a good day. I didn’t hit it really good but I saved a lot of pars. The course was tricky and the winds were swirly. I also made some good birdies,” said Pagunsan, who picked up shots on the first, 10th and 12th holes.
Prom Meesawat of Thailand Prom Meesawat of Thailand
The Filipino has an unimpressive record on the West course, where he has missed more cuts than he can remember, but believes the hard work put in over the last few months ahead of this week’s season-opening event on the Asian Tour is paying off.
“I practiced a lot. I changed my swing a little bit and worked hard on my fitness every day. I’ve had good preparation for this tournament. I’ve worked on getting stronger and it’s helped. My fitness has been good,” said the 36-year-old.
With some daylight between him and the leaders, Pagunsan is not prepared to be overly aggressive in the third round. “If you miss it on the wrong side, you’re in trouble. I got a bit lucky today with some saved pars. I’ll just have to keep my focus. Whatever happens, I just want to go out to play some good golf.  I won’t be aggressive tomorrow although I’m a few behind the leaders and I’ll just stick to the same game plan. You need to be patient on this course. If I have a chance to win, I’ll try to take it,” said Pagunsan.
Prom offset a double bogey on two with two birdies on eight and 16 as he stayed on the fringe of contention. “I played good. This course is tough and I tried to stay patient. I hit a lot of good shots but I struggled with the speed of the greens,” said the double Asian Tour winner, who has three top-10s here.
The burly Thai arrived in the Malaysian capital with his game not in tip-top shape following a recent back injury but a tip from compatriot Namchok Tantipokhakul has enabled him to find his rhythm.
“I’m still finding for my swing. I’m trying to get it back and get more confidence. I’m striking the ball better. I gained a bit of distance after receiving advice from Namchok. He told me to hit more balls at the driving range to get my tempo back. So I went to the driving range on Wednesday and started hitting a lot of golf balls and it worked,” said Prom.
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About Maybank
The Maybank Group is South East Asia’s fourth largest bank by assets. It has an international network of over 2,400 offices in 20 countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong SAR & People's Republic of China, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Laos, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and the United States of America.  The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes consumer and corporate banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 47,000 employees serving more than 22 million customers worldwide. (www.maybank.com)
About the Malaysian Golf Association
The Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) is the sole governing body of golf in Malaysia that was founded in 1929 by representatives of golf clubs to promote the sport while preserving its traditions and integrity. The non-government organization is run by passionate volunteers who have a love for the game of golf, with the help of a team of management staff. The association’s portfolios have increased over the years ranging from conducting 14 state amateur opens, national amateur open, national amateur close, Malaysian Open to processing handicaps through its National Handicap System to promoting grassroots programs and training of athletes to represent Malaysia in international events.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
The European Tour
The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour's innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future. The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2013, will feature a minimum of 45 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday. The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.
About Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) is a member of Sime Darby Property Bhd and a propriety Club wholly-owned and operated by KLGCC Berhad. The club has won numerous accolades from both local and foreign golfing fraternity, the latest being recognised as Number One and Two top golf courses in Malaysia for 2014 by US Golf Digest, voted the ‘Best Course in Malaysia’ for the second time in a row for its championship West Course at the 2013 Asian Golf Monthly Awards, the second runner up for the Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific and nominated as Top 10 Best in Asia Pacific for Best Clubhouse and Best Pro-Shop categories. At the same time, KLGCC was voted Best Golf Experience for the Best of Malaysia Awards 2013 Travel Awards by The Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine readers. Today, KLGCC is a landmark as the most luxurious golf resort development in Malaysia and KLGCC has in recent years hosted numerous international championships such as the Maybank Malaysian Open and the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
About GlobalOne
GlobalOne (Emerald Evolution Holdings Sdn Bhd) is an executive lifestyle sports promoter and we create sports event ownerships. We specialise in providing the full spectrum in  sponsorship event management and have an excellent track record in planning and delivering on PGA European Tour golf events for Malaysia (Maybank Malaysian Open), Singapore (Singapore Masters) and Indonesia (Indonesia Open) since 1999. We have strong relations with sports governing bodies, the media and commercial sponsors and technical partners to deliver on the bottom line.  We assist all our clients to create super-strategic, high-return, best practice sponsorship to provide a strong, unified vision, across departments and stakeholders, of the broad range of marketing and business objectives that can be achieved through this sponsorship. We also form and maintain strong relationship with players’ managers to source the best players. GlobalOne currently stages a highly successful and prestigious tournament in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour providing the event with Official World Ranking status. Our long term partners include Emirates (Official Airline), Carlsberg (Official Beer & Stout), Ricoh (Official Office Equipment), Astro (Official Satellite TV), Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (Official Car), DoubleTree (Official Hotel), 100Plus (Official Isotonic Beverage), Crestlink (Official Apparel), Transview Golf (Official Golf Accessories & Equipment), Mal-Tel (Official Radio & Communications), Spritzer (Official Water), Singleton (Official Whisky), Srixon (Official Range Balls), Havana (Official Cigars).