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‘Big Dolphin’ looking to make a splash in Phuket

‘Big Dolphin’ looking to make a splash in Phuket

GOLF: Thailand’s Prom Meesawat, aka the ‘Big Dolphin’, has returned from a taxing few months in Japan aiming to make a splash in Phuket when the Asian Tour restarts its 2020-21 season there at the end of November.

Golf
By The Phuket News

Wednesday 20 October 2021, 01:45PM


Prom Meesawat aka the ‘Big Dolphin’ will compete in both Asian Tour golf events in Phuket. Photo: Asian Tour

Prom Meesawat aka the ‘Big Dolphin’ will compete in both Asian Tour golf events in Phuket. Photo: Asian Tour

The two-time Asian Tour winner has entered both the Blue Canyon Phuket Championship and Laguna Phuket Championship ‒ two back-to-back US$1 million (B33.4mn) events dubbed the “Asian Tour’s Phuket Series”.

The former will be played at Blue Canyon Country Club from Nov 25-28, while the latter will be staged at Laguna Golf Phuket from Dec 2-5.

Prom returned from Japan just over a week ago and did his quarantine in Phuket’s sandbox ‒ which gave him the freedom to play Blue Canyon and Laguna Golf Phuket twice.

“I hadn’t played Blue Canyon since the 2007 Johnnie Walker Classic,” said Prom, who took part in a virtual press conference for the Asian Tour Phuket Series yesterday (Oct 19).

“Not much has changed to the Canyon course. It’s always a good course. It’s going to be fun. You really need to be careful with your tee shots as its tree lined. Also, I hadn’t played Laguna Phuket since the Thailand Open in 2009. They have changed a lot of greens there. It’s quite tricky and small and very slopy but there are still a lot of birdie opportunities.”

He is called the ‘Big Dolphin’ due to his burly frame coupled with the fact he is from the seaside town of Hua Hin.

As is well documented, Prom spent the end of last year and beginning of 2021 recovering from a ruptured appendix, which took five months to fully recover from.

He said he was playing really well by the time he headed to play in Japan in September, but the trip proved to be a disappointment.

Said the Thai star: “It is difficult to find a place to practice there, so after tournaments there would be no practice for three days and my game dropped. It was quite a difficult time in Japan. And the courses are quite tight and narrow. I still did ok but not as good as I expect. Even though I have a good short game the grass is different there and I needed more time practice on it.”

Upon hearing the Asian Tour was due to restart the 37-year-old decided to pack up and head home.

“I felt it made sense to go back and prepare for the Phuket Series. I think it was a good idea for me to do that,” Prom added.

This week he will also attempt to win the Singha Pattaya Open on the All Thailand Golf Tour for an astonishing fifth time, before playing in the Thailand Open ‒ which his father Suthep Meesawat won in 1991 ‒ and the Singha Esan Open.

“I have three weeks in a row, then two weeks off before Phuket,” said Prom, who has also lost in three sudden-death play-offs on the Asian Tour.

“It’s good that I have a couple of tournaments to prepare for the Phuket Series. It’s such a good sign that the Asian Tour is back. I know we still have to worry about COVID, but everyone is looking forward to going back and seeing each other. It is very positive the Tour is back and will get strong again.”

The Asian Tour’s 2019 Order of Merit champion Jazz Janewattananond has confirmed he will also be competing in the two Phuket events.

After the Phuket Series, the Asian Tour is planning to compete its season with two events in Singapore in January.

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