Prom carded seven birdies against two bogeys to return with a 12-under-par 204 total at Lake Karrinyup Country Club. He finished two shots ahead of the rest of the field. The burly Thai golfer, along with seven others in the top eight, will go into the second round of the knockout matchplay on Sunday.
Sean Crocker of the United States carded a 67, while Lucas Herbert of Australia and Thorbjorn Olesen carded matching 69s to finish in tied-second.
The leading 24 players after three rounds will qualify for the six-hole knockout matchplay.
Other Asian Tour members who progressed to the knockout matchplay include Thais Pavit Tangkamolprasert (69), Poom Saksansin (67) and Kiradech Aphibarnrat (72) as well as Yi-keun Chang (71) from Korea.
Poom, Kiradech and Chang, qualified for Sunday via a play-off where nine players, who all finished in tied-17th, vied for eight spots. Australia’s Anthony Quayle was eliminated after a titanic battle with Kiradech that stretched to four play-off holes.
Defending champion Brett Rumford and England’s Lee Westwood failed to secure spots in the knockout matchplay after carding matching 78s.
Did you know:
- Prom Meesawat is nicknamed “The Big Dolphin” because of his physique and that he hails from Hua Hin, a coastal town in Thailand.
- He found 13 out of 14 fairways, and hit 16 out of 18 greens in regulation in round three.
- His last matchplay experience in his professional career was in 2007, in a team event that pit Asian golfers against their European counterparts.
- A$50,000 in prize money is allocated to the top three players after 54 holes.
- The top eight players will go to the second round of the knockout matchplay.
- The remaining 16 players will be randomly paired and will play the first round of knockout matchplay.
- Knockout matches on Sunday will be played on the 10th hole (par four), 11th hole (par five), 13th hole (par four), 14th hole (par four), 12th hole (par three), 18th hole (par four).
- Any matches tied after six holes will proceed to the “shootout hole”, which will utilize the 18th hole and played from a new tee box located 80-90m from the green.