'PARADISE': International Series Thailand excites Asian Tour field ahead of opening day
Home town golfer Prom Meesawat sets sights on LIV Golf qualification as The International Series Thailand gets underway on Thursday at Black Mountain Golf Club.
Representing a field of 156 players from 26 different nations competing for the $2m prize purse, Hua Hin’s homegrown hero Prom Meesawat joined prodigious Thai amateur talent, TK, alongside Canada’s Richard T. Lee and Australian Travis Smyth were invited to test their bunker skills at the town’s pristine white sand beach.
Travis Smyth described his excitement at the Asian Tour returning to Thailand: "Just have a look. We're in paradise. The weather is amazing, it’s not too hot. We’re on the ocean and we’re playing a little golf on the side this week, so it’s pretty special. Thailand is unbelievable."
The 28-year-old has had two top 10s from three events in 2023 and likes his chances at Black Mountain: "I wouldn’t be surprised if I were to win this week."
Describing what it means to him to tee-up so close to where he grew up, Prom Meesawat said: “As a Thai player we’re always very excited to play in Thailand. This week is very special for me in particular as I’m in my hometown where I can stay in my own bed and see my family here in Hua Hin.”
The three-time Asian Tour winner added his thoughts on adding The International Series added to the schedule, he said: "To be honest it’s good for the Asian Tour and it’s exciting for players like me and the younger generation to play for more money and to have the opportunity to qualify for LIV.”