CONFIDENT PROM READY TO LAUNCH TITLE ASSAULT AT PANASONIC OPEN INDIA
New Delhi: Thailand’s Prom Meesawat hopes his recent burst of good form will translate into a long-awaited second Asian Tour victory at the US$300,000 Panasonic Open India later this month.
Prom is determined to make amends for his play-off defeat to Anirban Lahiri of India at the SAIL-SBI Open at the Delhi Golf Club last week, which will also be the venue for the Panasonic Open India from March 29 to April 1.
Lahiri is coincidently the defending champion for the Panasonic event. The talented Thai, whose long victory on the Asian Tour came at the 2006 SK Telecom Open in Korea, will be among a cosmopolitan line-up of Asian Tour stars to converge for the Panasonic Open India where players from over 30 countries will vie for the title.
Nicknamed “Big Dolphin” due to his burly physique and because he comes from the coastal town of Hua Hin, Prom has enjoyed a string of solid performances since his renaissance from an injury which bogged down his golfing career from 2009 to 2010.
He notched four straight top-10s early in 2011 and was also a figure of consistency at this year’s Avantha Masters in India where he finished tied sixth before finishing runner-up last weekend.
“I was very happy with my two-week stay in India despite losing in the play-off. There were a couple of putts which should have gone in but it was still a good result,” said the 27-year-old.
With his confidence soaring, Prom is determined to end his six-year title drought and return to the winner’s circle at the Panasonic Open India sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGTI.
“I’m very confident with how I’ve been playing especially since this is the start of the season and it gives me the confidence to go out there and try to win my second title this season,” said Prom, who is currently third on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
He has credited a new fitness regime for his strong start to the new season. “I’ve been working very hard in the off season by going to the gym. People said that I’ve lost weight but I don’t think so.
I still weight the same and I think I’ve bulked up a lot because of my muscles. I’m getting stronger and more consistent,” said Prom. Title holder Lahiri, Thai legend Thaworn Wiratchant, Singapore’s Mardan Mamat, who lost in a play-off at the Panasonic Open India last year and Kieran Pratt of Australia are expected to feature prominently in the tournament, which will be the third Asian Tour event to be staged in India this year.
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