Prom aims for The Open spot at TGC

Tue 09 Dec 2014

Prom aims for The Open spot at TGC

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Chon Buri, Thailand, December 9: Prom Meesawat hopes to fight his way into The Open Championship when he challenges for honours at the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship which starts on Thursday.
The Thailand Golf Championship is part of The Open Qualifying Series (OQS) where four places will be up for grabs to the leading four players who have not already qualified for the 2015 Open Championship.
Prom will be amongst a star-studded cast gathered at the majestic Amata Spring Country Club, which includes defending champion Sergio Garcia, two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson, reigning US Open champion Martin Kaymer, Ryder Cup heroes Lee Westwood and Victor Dubuisson, 2011 Open champion Darren Clarke and three-time Asian Tour number one Thongchai Jaidee.
“Obviously one of the goals is to try and qualify for The Open. It has been a while since I last played in a Major tournament so I’ll try my best this week. This is a great opportunity for more Asian Tour players to qualify for The Open,” said Prom, who made his debut in the year’s third Major tournament in 2011.
The home favourite is nursing an injured back which forced him to pull out from last week’s event in Indonesia. But a week’s break has put him in good stead ahead of the Thailand Golf Championship, which is the second last Asian Tour event for 2014.
“I’ve been having this back problem since May. The muscle tightness in my back comes and goes but it really hurt after the King’s Cup when ran too fast on the 18th hole to celebrate with Thaworn (Wiratchant)!” he explained.
“I feel better after resting. I went to the physiotherapist and acupuncture when I returned home and my back seems to be better. I did feel a bit of a muscle strain after playing this morning so hopefully it will be okay,” said Prom.
He missed a huge opportunity to narrow the gap on the Order of Merit leader David Lipsky of the United States, whom he trails by slightly over US$180,000, but he hopes to make up ground on his home turf.
Prom still has a mathematical chance to lift the prestigious crown if he wins or finishes second this week while Lipsky and Merit runner-up Anirban Lahiri miss the weekend rounds or finish poorly. The Order of Merit race will then go down the wire in Dubai next week.
“I’m very disappointed I didn’t get a chance to try and catch up with David Lipsky and Anirban Lahiri on the Order of Merit. We have a good field this week so hopefully I can have a good opportunity to have a good result.
“I must get my health and body ready for this week. I’ve played here many times and this year the rough is up. If you miss the fairways, you will get into trouble but the course suits my game so I have to try and recover. I’m a straight hitter and that should help me this week,” said Prom.
Since it was inaugurated in 2011, the Thailand Golf Championship has grown into one of the most prestigious events on the Asian Tour, pitting the region’s best players against a stellar international field.
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