Thailand’s Prom Meesawat is eager to get his season off to a flying start when he tees up for the inaugural Thailand Classic presented by Black Mountain which starts in a fortnight.
Prom sensationally broke his eight-year winless streak in Chinese Taipei last year and went on to finish the season in third place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
With the US$2 million Thailand Classic taking its place as one of the early events in the 2015 season, Prom knows the importance of getting a quick result.
“A good performance at one of the early events will give you lots of confidence for the long season ahead.
“I’ll be focusing much of my attention on the Asian Tour this year although I also have opportunities on the Challenge Tour in Europe. So it’ll be nice to get a good result early in the season,” said Prom.
The burly Thai will be relishing a homecoming of sorts as he hails from the seaside town of Hua Hin where the Thai showpiece will take centrestage.
The 30-year-old also plans to embark on a fitness program to keep him in tip-top shape as the season goes on.
“I’ve to maintain my physical fitness for the year as I struggled with injuries in 2014.
“When I’m fit, my performance gets better and I don’t want to miss out on my chances especially when there’s a lot of big tournaments coming up this year,” said Prom
Thaworn Wiratchant, a two-time Asian Tour Order of Merit, is also optimistic of his chances at the Thailand Classic which is the first tournament in the Kingdom to be co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour in eight years.
The Thai evergreen knows that age is not a barrier to success and is hungry for more glory.
“I can still win and I want to lift more titles in 2015,” said the 48-year-old.
He has also set his sights on winning the prestigious Order of Merit title again and knows a good performance on home soil will set him on his way to achieving his target.
“I’ll try to play in every event on the Asian Tour as it is my home tour. I will try to win the Order of Merit title again even though it may not be easy as there are lots of good players on the Asian Tour now.
“Anyway I know I’m still capable of winning and hope to do more of that in 2015,” said Thaworn, who was Asia’ number one in 2005 and 2012.
Newly-crowned Order of Merit champion David Lipsky of the United States will be part of the strong Asian Tour line-up that also includes India’s Anirban Lahiri, Singapore’s Mardan Mamat, Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman and Filipino Angelo Que.
Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts along with England’s Tommy Fleetwood and David Howell will also feature alongside Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn at the Black Mountain Golf Club.
Tickets are now available for purchase at ThaiticketMajor, with admission fees of 400 THB for a single day pass on Thursday (R1) and Friday (R2). The fee is 800 THB for a single day pass on Saturday (R3) and Sunday (Final Round). There is a four-day season pass priced at 1,200 THB. Children and youths (under 16 years old) and senior citizens (over 65 years old) are allowed to enter for free. For further ticketing reservations, purchasing and information, please contact 02-262-3456 or www.thaiticketmajor.com
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