"Prom, Smith and Que join Merit race"

Sun 02 Nov 2014

"Prom, Smith and Que join Merit race"

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Kuala Lumpur, November 2: Thailand’s Prom Meesawat, Australian rookie Cameron Smith and Filipino Angelo Que enjoyed commendable top-10 finishes at the US$7 million CIMB Classic on Sunday to join the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit race.
With American David Lipsky and India’s Anirban Lahiri, the current top-two, finishing a lowly 75th and 52nd at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, the leading trio made up ground with some wonderful finishes in the final round.
The talented Smith shot a four-under-par 68 for a 12-under-par 276 total to finish in tied fifth place, five shots behind champion Ryan Moore at the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA TOUR.
The impressive finish, which was his sixth straight top-10 on the Asian Tour, saw him earn US$266,000 and shot him up to fourth position on the Order of Merit with US$427,476, some US$250,000 behind Lipsky.
Cameron Smith of Australia Cameron Smith of Australia
A tied eighth finish for CIMB Classic debutant Que and Prom gave them a fighting chance as well to challenge for the prestigious Merit crown as they moved up to fifth and third place respectively on the rankings with US$379,855 and US$447,137.
With their top-10 results, they also earned exemptions into next week’s PGA TOUR stop in Mississippi, which the 21-year-old Smith has taken with both hands.
“Beyond expectations for me.  Yeah, I'm pretty happy,” beamed Smith. “I think I'm going to go (to the PGA Tour event next week). It would be a pretty hard offer to turn down.”
Prom, who won his second Asian Tour title in Chinese Taipei in September, is now setting his sights on challenging for the Order of Merit crown after deciding to not to take up next week’s PGA TOUR exemption.
“We have six more tournaments to go so I will try to become the number one. Cameron and Angelo are playing good so the three of us still have a chance to catch David. We’ll see how it goes,” said Prom, who is nicknamed the ‘Big Dolphin’.
After finishing second in the Hong Kong Open a fortnight ago, the colourful Que continued his hot form with a closing 70 as he earned US$189,000 to move up to fifth on the money list. He has also decided to take up the opportunity to compete on PGA TOUR next week.
“I think I'm playing with a lot of confidence right now, trusting myself.  It's always trust issues, you know.  If you trust yourself more, I think you'll tend to do better,” said Que, a three-time Asian Tour winner.
Que’s new found confidence will put him in good stead for the remainder of the 2014 Asian Tour season.  “I think I have a good chance of challenging now. I was wondering what the difference is between those guys on top, between them and me. I think I know I've realized it, that you just need some good breaks, learn from other people, and just trust yourself.
“I think that's the key, and I've been doing it the past few weeks, so hopefully it just keeps on going,” said Que.
Following the high of winning the Venetian Macau Open last weekend, India’s Lahiri was disappointed with his form at the CIMB Classic where he shot rounds of 74, 72, 70 and 73. He remained about US$160,000 behind Lipsky.
Prom Meesawat of Thailand Prom Meesawat of Thailand
“Very disappointed,” said Lahiri. “I played no where near my potential. I think after last week I was expecting myself to play better. Having said that, it was a great week, good opportunity. Obviously terribly disappointed to have played so poorly this week, but that's golf,” said Lahiri.
Asian Tour Order of Merit – Top-20
Pos Player Earnings (US$)
1. David LIPSKY   (USA) $682,610.10
2. Anirban LAHIRI   (IND) $521,104.21
3. Prom MEESAWAT   (THA) $447,137.84
4. Cameron SMITH   (AUS) $427,476.26
5. Angelo QUE   (PHI) $379,855.79
6. Scott HEND   (AUS) $347,444.49
7. Antonio LASCUNA   (PHI) $244,363.44
8. Jason KNUTZON   (USA) $209,121.43
9. Rikard KARLBERG   (SWE) $205,427.74
10. Steve LEWTON   (ENG) $195,964.29
11. BAEK Seuk-hyun   (KOR) $188,818.20
12. S.S.P. CHOWRASIA   (IND) $163,392.36
13. Kiradech APHIBARNRAT   (THA) $161,985.82
14. Thaworn WIRATCHANT   (THA) $158,954.81
15. Chapchai NIRAT   (THA) $151,176.57
16. Rahil GANGJEE   (IND) $147,090.42
17. Adilson DA SILVA   (BRA) $121,018.66
18. Jyoti RANDHAWA   (IND) $106,071.97
19. Marcus BOTH   (AUS) $102,103.57
20. Shiv KAPUR   (IND)            $98,803.32
About CIMB Group
The title sponsor of the CIMB Classic is CIMB Group. CIMB Group is one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 8 out of 10 ASEAN nations. CIMB Group offers a full suite of financial services and related products; has a market capitalisation of approximately USD 19.0 billion as at 30 June and over 40,000 employees located in 18 countries. Read more about CIMB Group at www.cimb.com.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.
The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2013, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $134 million for local and national charitable organizations and in early 2014 the TOUR’s all-time charitable contributions surpassed $2 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), 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.