Lee Westwood fails to qualify at World Super 6 as Prom Meesawat takes top seeding
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 11/02/18 2:35am
Thailand's Prom Meesawat topped the qualifiers after the final strokeplay round at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 in Perth but Lee Westwood crashed out after leading through two rounds.
Meesawat secured a bye into the last 16 after finishing his third round at Lake Karrinyup Country Club on 12-under, two shots clear of the field.
The 33-year-old had seven birdies on Saturday in his round of 67 to secure top seeding ahead of Sunday's finale, which will be formed of five six-hole matchplay rounds and features the top-24 players from the strokeplay section.
But it was a day to forget for two players in the final grouping as Westwood and Brett Rumford, two of the pre-tournament favourites, crashed out of the event.
Westwood had been in a share for the lead heading into Saturday, having started with rounds of 66 and 70, but he carded three bogeys and a pair of double bogeys to drop to two-under alongside Rumford, with both players carding six-over rounds of 78.
Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen was the third man in Westwood's group but he made it round in 69 to form part of a three-way tie for second on 10-under alongside Australia's Lucas Herbert and American Sean Crocker.
There was no need for a play-off for the remaining four byes, which went to England's Sam Horsfield, Yusaku Miyazato of Japan and Australian pair Brad Kennedy and Dimitrios Papadatos, who all finished on eight-under for 54 holes.
Marcus Fraser and Scotsman Grant Forrest qualified on seven-under while Matthew Millar, James Nitties, Ben Eccles, Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Nick Cullen and amateur Min Woo Lee made it through on six-under.
There was then a nine-man play-off for the final eight spots with Cal O'Reilly, Andrea Pavan, Poom Saksansin, Yikeun Chung, Zander Lombard, Satoshi Kodaira and Stephen Leaney all progressing with pars at the 18th.
That meant a sudden-death battle for the 24th and final qualifying berth between another Australian - Anthony Quayle - and three-time European Tour winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
Quayle missed two decent chances to knock the Thailand star out and he was made to pay when Aphibarnrat almost chipped in on the fourth play-off hole to secure qualification.