Prom and Dodt share early honours

Thu 05 Dec 2013

Prom and Dodt share early honours

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Hong Kong December 5: Thailand’s Prom Meesawat continued his resurgence by surging ahead to grab a share of the morning first round lead with Australia’s Andrew Dodt after opening with a four-under-par 66 at the US$1.3 million Hong Kong Open on Thursday.
The burly Thai came agonisingly close to ending a seven-year title drought in Manila last month when he lost to China’s Liang Wen-chong in a play-off.
He then plotted his way back into the winner’s circle by putting himself in contention in Indonesia last week and is well on track in his comeback trail following another commanding performance at the Hong Kong Golf Club.
“I don’t really want to think too far ahead now but I’ve been playing well recently and I hope this good form will see me win another title on Sunday,” said Prom, nicknamed ‘Big Dolphin’ for his burly physique and because he hails from the coastal town of Hua Hin.
Prom is aware he has to tame the lighting fast greens at the Hong Kong Golf Club to put himself in a prime position and end his seven-year winless drought at the storied championship which is celebrating its 55th anniversary.
“The greens are really fast and it’s important to control your shots well. It's a tough course but I played very well especially from tee to green,” said Prom, whose lone victory on the region’s premier Tour came in Korea in 2006.
Dodt is meanwhile looking to add another feather to his cap following his breakthrough on the Asian Tour in India in 2010.
The 27-year-old Australian mixed his opening front-nine with two bogeys and two birdies but ended his round with a flourish after closing with four birdies in the last five holes.
"I've always liked coming here. I'm sure a lot of guys do, but I like courses where you have to think about it and plot your way around and hole some putts along the way," said Dodt.
The Hong Kong Open is co-sanctioned by The European Tour, the Asian Tour and the Hong Kong Golf Association and is the third event of The 2014 Race to Dubai, and one of the last on the 2013 Asian Tour schedule.
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