Hua Hin, Thailand, May 4: Local hero Prom Meesawat, runner-up twice in the past three editions, will aim to go one better at the 2016 Singha Hua Hin Open, the second event on the ASEAN PGA Tour schedule, which tees off on Thursday.
The bulky Prom, nicknamed the “Big Dolphin” because he was raised in the seaside resort of Hua Hin, lost in a playoff to young gun Pawin Inkhapradit last year and also finished runner-up in 2013 when 14-year-old schoolboy amateur Phachara Khongwatmai made history by becoming the youngest winner of a professional tournament.
Pawin, who wont be defending his title as he is playing in OneAsia’s GS Caltex Maekyung Open, edged Prom and evergreen veteran Prayad Marksaeng in sudden death for a memorable victory at Royal Hua Hin Golf Club.
Prom and Prayad, who turned 50 earlier this year, will be joined in the strong line-up from May 5-8 by multiple winners Thaworn Wiratchant and Chapchai Nirat and 2014 champion Gunn Charoenkul, a former ASEAN PGA Tour number one.
This year’s event welcomes the graduates from the OneAsia Qualifying School, as part of new association with OneAsia and the four ASEAN PGA Tour events in Thailand.
Australia’s Antonio Murdaca comes into the tournament fresh from a third place finish in the Nexus Risk TSA Group WA Open in Perth. Murdaca was the leading professional as first and second spot were claimed by amateurs.
Murdaca, who turned pro last October after a glittering amateur career, finished tied eighth in the season-opening Singha E-San Open, which was won by Phachara.
Among the other notables in the field are Prom’s father Suthep Meesawat, who was the first home winner of the Thailand Open in 1991, and former top-10 tennis pro Paradorn Srichaphan.
The Singha Hua Hin Open is one of four tournaments jointly sanctioned by the ASEAN PGA Tour and the All Thailand Golf Tour.
The others are the Singha E-San Open, Singha Pattaya Open and Singha Phuket Open.