Relaxed Prom propels into contention #QueensCupGolf

Fri 17 Jun 2016

Relaxed Prom propels into contention #QueensCupGolf

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Samui, Thailand, June 17: Thai favourite Prom Meesawat moved into a share of the early halfway lead at the Queen’s Cup on Friday following his career best round of six-under-par 65 at Santiburi Samui Country Club.
The man nicknamed the “Big Dolphin” joined American Paul Peterson and Spaniard Carlos Pigem atop the leaderboard after snaring six birdies, including four on the trot on his homeward home.
Peterson also enjoyed a flying 65, highlighted by a superb eagle from 30 feet on the par five 18th hole while Pigem put himself in the hunt for a maiden Asian Tour title with a solid 69.
Queen's Cup 2016Thai youngster Jazz Janewattananond shot a fine 67 to lie one back of the leading trio while big-hitting Aussie Scott Hend moved into contention with a 69 to lie three shots off the pace.
The 31-year-old Prom, who is a two-time winner on the Asian Tour, was delighted to enjoy his lowest card at Santiburi Samui, a venue which he has enjoyed two top-10s previously.
“I didn’t know it was my best round here,” beamed Prom. “I played good, especially on the par threes where I was three under par. It was playing easier as there was no wind and it was also preferred lie. So I just tried to put the ball on the fairway, that’s the key on this golf course.”
With his family in town at the famous holiday isle, Prom said a relaxed attitude could be the key to winning the Queen’s Cup for the first time, an event that has been dominated by Thai players since it joined the Asian Tour Schedule in 2009.
“It’s quite relaxing and I feel comfortable here. Four birdies in a row also helps. On 14 (5th hole), it’s a tough par three, the pin is way back and I holed a putt from the fringe which was about 30 feet. It was a good putt. I’m happy with two rounds so far.
“It’s always special to win in your home country. I’ll be trying my best to do this. Next two days, I won’t change anything. On this course, the fewer mistakes you make, you’ll win,” said Prom, who has a two-day total of seven-under-par 135.
Queen's Cup 2016Peterson, fifth on the Order of Merit last season, produced his season’s low round to charge into contention for a first Asian Tour victory. The lefthander has struggled to hit top form this season, with only one top-20 to his name, but a conversation with his coach last night on his putting technique did wonders for the amiable American.
“It was a fun round, fun to play some good golf again. That’s good. I just got into a good rhythm,” said Peterson, who finished sixth here last season.
“I had a nice chat with my coach last night about some putting stuff. Yesterday, I felt like I was banging my head against the wall as nothing went in. We had a nice chat about some things and the hole opened up. Hopefully we’ll have more of that this weekend. It made a huge difference,” added the American, who needed only 25 putts in his second round.
Pigem, 25, was delighted to move into the title hunt, especially when Santiburi Samui has not been kind to him where his best finish was tied 38th from three appearances.
“The last two rounds here, I shot like 79 and 74 and I didn’t have good memories. But I always come here as I like the place and I like the country. This year, the first two rounds, I’ve played good, so I’m happy.
“Before I came this time, I know this course is very tough and if you miss a shot, it can cost you a lot. So I said let’s just play and if you miss a shot, don’t care about it as you have other opportunities for birdies,” said Pigem.
The second round is still on-going and will not complete on Friday due to inclement weather on Thursday. Play was suspended for over an hour on Friday morning as well due to lightning threat.