Prom Seeks Myanmar Win

Wed 20 Feb 2013

Prom Seeks Myanmar Win

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Yangon, Myanmar, February 20: Thailand’s Prom Meesawat is eager to celebrate his 10th season on the Asian Tour with a long-awaited second victory at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Alpine starting Thursday.
The popular Thai will be joined by some of the leading lights in Asian golf at the US$300,000 event, which is the first Asian Tour event to mark the 10th Asian Tour season, at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club.
Reigning Asian Tour number one Thaworn Wiratchant, who will hit the first tee-shot on the 10th tee in the opening round to commemorate the celebration, title holder Kieran Pratt of Australia, Rikard Karlberg of Sweden, a two-time Asian Tour winner and 10-time JGTO winner Yuta Ikeda will feature in this week’s event.
All eyes will also be on newcomers Mithun Perera, the first Sri Lankan to earn an Asian Tour card after finishing inside the top-61 of the Order of Merit last season, Hu Mu of China, Chan Kim of the United States, winner of the 2013 Qualifying School and Jake Higginbottom of Australia.
Prom made his appearance on the Asian Tour in 2004 after earning playing rights through the Qualifying School and has enjoyed the highs-and-lows on the premier Tour in the region.
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The biggest highlight in his career to date was winning in 2006 in Korea which laid up a shining pathway in front of him. But his career came to a halt when he was hit by injuries in 2010 and 2011.
“I had some injuries in 2010 and 2011 and kept playing with the injuries. I started hitting it bad and my confidence was gone. My game was gone. When I was on the tee box, I didn’t know where the ball would go. Mentally, I was gone. I felt really bad during that spell,” said Prom.
After seeing a sports psychologist, Dr Pichit, who works with the Thai Olympic boxing team, Prom has found that extra punch in his game which resulted in five top-10s and a sixth placing on the 2012 Order of Merit.
“It’s been a long time since I last won. Everyone wants to win. For me, it’s been a long time. I can say now that there are now many young talents coming up. Every golfer is playing well and the game is getting closer amongst the top guys. It’s only one good week and you can win. I want to try to win on the Asian Tour again,” said Prom.
“Everyone expects me to win more than once on the Asian Tour. But I can’t force it. I lost to Chinnarat (Phadungsil) in a play-off and had a few other close calls and lost to Anirban (Lahiri) last year (SAIL-SBI Open) in another play-off. The fields are getting stronger and it’s difficult to win,” admitted the Thai.
Bangladeshi star Siddikur is another player hoping to end a three-year title drought. His victory at the 2010 Brunei Open is still fresh in his memory but the quality of his game has gone higher by several notches.
“I have the confidence to win another Asian Tour event. I’ve tried very hard to do that but I feel that it is coming closer. I’ve improved a lot since 2010. There’s a big difference in my game so I think it will be very soon before I win again,” said the 28-year-old, the first Bangladeshi to play on the Asian Tour.
Japanese star Ikeda has set his sights on winning his first professional victory outside of Japan at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open. “My goal is to earn more world golf ranking points and I hope to do that this week. My game is not 100% because this is my first professional event of the year. I’ll do my best here but I will not put any high expectations on myself.”
Playing on a sponsor’s invitation, talented Chinese player Hu is determined to make amends for missing the grade at the Asian Tour Qualifying School earlier this year. He is joined by countryman Ye Jian-feng this week.
“I played this event last year and finished around 30th. I like the course and the layout. I think I’m better prepared this time than obviously at Qualifying School. I’m looking forward to the week. There’s a bit of pressure which is good. I’ll to get into a good position at the weekend,” said Hu.
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Perera, the son to Nandasena, a famous name on the old Asian circuit during the 1980s and 1990s, surprised even himself when he finished inside the top-61 of the 2012 Order of Merit to become the first Sri Lankan to hold an Asian Tour card.
“It’s a new experience for me. I’ll be aiming for a good start. I didn’t’ expect to finish top-60 as I had only limited events and I’m really lucky to be the first Sri Lankan to get a full card on the Asian Tour. In Sri Lanka, golf is still new. I’ll be flying the flag proudly. I believe that one good week can change your life, it can be this week. I’ll be aiming to win one tournament this year,” said the 26-year-old.
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