JAKARTA: “Big Dolphin” Prom Meesawat will take another huge step on the comeback trail when he makes his debut on the OneAsia Tour at this week’s US$1mil Indonesia Open, which tees off today.
The talented Thai is battling back to top form after his fast moving career was stalled by a debilitating shoulder injury, but the 25–year–old faces some stiff competition at Damai Indah Golf club in Jakarta.
Showman Shingo Katayama, winner of a staggering 26 titles and US$17mil in prize money in Japan, headlines a stellar cast including former Asian No.1’s Liang Wenchong of China and Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant.
Wenchong will be bidding for his third OneAsia title after winning last season’s Midea China Classic and the Luxehills Chengdu Open in April.
Veteran Thaworn was runner-up in the recent Queen’s Cup in Thailand.
Prom, nicknamed the “Big Dolphin” because of his burly physique and former seaside home, was one of the brightest prospects in Asian golf before injury struck two years ago.
“My whole game is a lot better compared with the last 18 months. I am working with my dad (former professional Suthep) now and he has helped so much,” said Prom.
Prom burst onto the professional scene in 2004 after a great amateur career that saw him win the Putra Cup four times in both the individual and team categories.
Two years later he won the SK Telecom Open in Korea and was tipped for stardom before his progress stalled because of the shoulder damage.
“My problem was with my driver. It’s been going everywhere. The tendons in my left shoulder and left pec have given me a lot of pain. It was caused by playing so much golf and probably not swinging the correct way,” he said.
Prom’s weight has often been an issue and he has been working hard to slim down from 115 kg.
The Indonesia Open will be the fifth leg of OneAsia, which will stage 11 tournaments with a total of more than US$12mil prize money this season.
OneAsia was launched in 2009 as a competitor to the Asian Tour. – AFP