Thailand’s Prom Meesawat is planning to make another strong impact when he tees up for the first time at the US$300,000 Sarawak Championship, which will take place at the Damai Golf and Country Club in Kuching next week.
Prom’s 2019 season has been a mark of consistency so far. The Thai has claimed three top-10 results and missed only two cuts in eight starts to sit in 12th place on the Order of Merit with his current haul of US$109,800.
The 35-year-old, who made his long-awaited second appearance at The Open at Royal Portrush last month, also won a title on his domestic circuit earlier in March and secured his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory in Brunei in April.
Prom is determined to ride on that momentum as he takes aim at breaking into top-four on the Merit rankings by October 21, which is the qualifying cut-off for the prestigious World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions.
“The game is feeling good. I’m always working hard to ensure that my game stays at the best level. The immediate goal right now is to qualify for the WGC-HSBC Champions at the end of October,” said Prom, nicknamed the 'Big Dolphin' due to his burly physique and because he comes from the coastal town of Hua Hin, south of Bangkok.
RIGHT: Meesawat made his second appearance at The Open last month. PHOTO: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images.
“I got the season off to a strong start, finishing tied-fifth in Singapore to earn a spot at The Open. I have won at home and on the ADT this season, so I hope to get a win on the Asian Tour as well. I would be happy if I can finish inside top-10 at the end of the season,” he added.
Prom, chasing for a third Asian Tour victory and first since 2014, will headline the event alongside countryman and Order of Merit leader Jazz Janewattananond, as well as Queenslander Scott Hend, the most successful international player with 10 wins on the Asian Tour.
Ben Leong, Nicholas Fung and Danny Chia, all proven winners on Tour, will spearhead the local charge when the popular event returns for its second straight edition on the Asian Tour from August 15 to 18.
The Sarawak Championship, which is supported by the Sarawak State government, will see a total of 156 players from 22 countries vying for top honours at the full-field Asian Tour event, which will be the Tour’s second stop in Malaysia this season.
Other notable players in the field include American Micah Lauren Shin, India’s Shiv Kapur, Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe, Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng and Sadom Kaewkanjana, who became the first ever rookie to win in his first start on Tour at the Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open in April.