PETALING JAYA: Renaissance man Prom Meesawat (pic) will be aiming for victory at next week’s Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters to complete his return to top form.
The burly Thai, nicknamed the Big Dolphin due to his physique and the fact that he comes for a coastal town, will be one of the star attractions in the RM1.2mil Asian Tour event at the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club from July 20-23.
The tournament will give Prom, who turns 27 next week, a perfect opportunity to return to the winner’s circle as he is riding a hot streak of form following four straight top 10s on the Asian Tour.
He also enjoys competing in Malaysia, with his record of two top 10s in the Malaysian Open and was tied 22nd at Kota Permai when the course hosted the Volvo Masters of Asia in 2004.
“The only two times I played at the Selangor Masters was at the Seri Selangor Golf Club and I missed the cut both times. I’m looking forward to returning to Kota Permai which is a good new-styled golf course.
“I’ll be looking for another top 10 …. or maybe even a win! I’m going to try my best,” he said.
“I’ve played well in the Malaysian Open in the past. I always seem to do well in events in Malaysia and Singapore. It’s close to home and it’s easy to get good food. I always feel comfortable here,” he added.
Prom burst on to the professional scene in 2004 after a strong amateur career where he won the world junior amateur championship twice.
In 2006, he won the SK Telecom Open in South Korea for his first Asian Tour victory. But in the past few years, his form dipped following a series of injuries which took its toll on his confidence.
His management team hooked him up with a sports psychologist from Thailand’s world famous boxing team to straighten out his head and it has done him a world of good in the past eight months.
Prom made his major debut at this week’s British Open but he failed to advance into the weekend rounds.
At the inaugural Panasonic Open (India) in March Prom finiashed fourth, was ninth in the inaugural Indonesian Masters, eighth at the Philippine Open in May and fifth at the Queen’s Cup on home soil last month.
“I’m very happy with my game. Things are getting better. I’m still working with my coach and sports psychologist to keep up my form,” said Prom.
“Whenever I wasn’t in good form previously, I kept saying I needed to play good. But now, I am just thinking about my plan to play the golf course.
“This is part of the things I’ve learnt from the psychologist. I’ve learnt to cut the negative thoughts out from my head. I just stick to a good routine and concentrate on my game.”