Prom Takes Early Charge in Macau

Thu 11 Oct 2012

Prom Takes Early Charge in Macau


Macau, October 11: Thailand’s Prom Meesawat set the early pace at the Venetian Macau Open, shooting an impressive six-under-par 65 for the clubhouse lead in the opening round on Thursday.

The burly Prom, nicknamed the “Big Dolphin” due to his physique and the fact that he hails from a coastal town, snared seven birdies against a lone bogey at the Macau Golf and Country Club to lead by one shot from Ireland’s Niall Turner, who carded a 66 in the US$750,000 Asian Tour event.

Malaysia’s S. Siva Chandhran and American Jonathan Moore, the past and current Asian Development Tour number ones respectively, moved into the title hunt with matching 67s while India’s Anirban Lahiri, Brazilian Adilson Da Silva and Sweden’s Jarmo Sandelin were amongst those who shot 68s to lie a further stroke back.

The afternoon session is currently in progress.

Prom, chasing a second Asian Tour title, came out of the blocks real quick with five birdies after starting his day from the 10th hole. He dropped a three-putt bogey on the par five second hole but fought back with birdies on the fourth and ninth holes to set the early target.

“I had a very good start. After two birdies in three holes, I thought to myself that it was a good start and I kept myself relaxed,” said Prom. “I just told myself to stick to my game plan. I’m hitting it good. My driver worked good today.”

Currently seventh on the Order of Merit, Prom is keen to end a six-year winless run on the Asian Tour. He has stepped up his fitness regime, saying that he feels his best in years, and has been rewarded with four top-10s and five other top-25s this season.

“Since the start of the season, I’ve been playing good. My game has been quite steady. During the break, I got myself ready for the rest of the year. I went to the gym more often as I knew I had to play six or seven weeks in a row,” said Prom.

“I did a bit of running and did the weights to get my legs stronger. I have done gym work before. But this year, during the two months break, I had more time to work out and get myself ready for the rest of the year. That’s helped me a lot. This is my fourth week already and I’m still very fit. I think it’s the fittest I’ve been.”

The towering Turner put on a wonderful display, shooting five birdies in his first seven holes which would have impressed his girlfriend Rachel Halligan, who was watching him play for the first time.

“She’ll be happy with the mention. It’s her first time on a golf course. It’s like paradise here, like a holiday and to have to play golf today, it’s unfortunate! We’ve had a great week so far,” said the 28-year-old Turner, who stands at six foot five inches tall.

“The start was amazing. Five under through seven and then two three putts from out of no where. I made a poor bogey on 11 and then finished really strong. I played great coming home and I was happy to get it back to five under, very pleased.”