Hua Hin, Thailand, January 13: Read what players are saying following the opening round of the Asian Tour Qualifying School on Wednesday.
Yikeun Chang (Kor) – First Round 63 (-8)
This is the first time I had three eagles in a round! I eagled all the par-fives at the Springfield Royal Country Club. I hit the ball really good. I knew I had to hit it good on the front nine because it gets pretty tough when the wind gets up on the back nine. I was trying to hit the greens and make putts out there. I putted pretty well today.
I hit it to about three feet with my eight-iron for my first eagle on fifth and my second eagle on 12 was from five-feet. I sank a 20-footer on last hole 18th for my third eagle of the day. It was a great finish to the round.
This is my second time playing in the Asian Tour Qualifying School. I played pretty good at the first stage last week but I wasn’t putting well. I am glad I putted well today. I have been hitting the ball really good.
Kevin MCLISTER (USA) – First Round 64 (-7)
I got off to a slow start from the 10. I dropped a shot on 11 but recovered with a birdie on 13. I sank a 15-footer birdie putt on 15 and that got my game going as I went on to birdie 16 and 17 as well. I think putting was the key for me today. I was just trying to ride on my good momentum and good form heading into the front nine which was my back nine. I had a great hole-in-one on par-three seven where I hit an eight-iron from 178 yards. I had a solid round really. The course was in great conditions. The wind picked up on the last seven holes coming home and it was nothing bad.
Quincy QUEK (SIN) – First Round 66 (-5)
I didn’t play well last year. I had some problems with my swing at the earlier half of the year and I was struggling to find my momentum. I just didn’t manage to get anything going. I didn’t think I played bad but I guess it just wasn’t good enough.
This is my first Qualifying School since 2011. I have my country exemption but it wasn’t high enough and I don’t think it will get me into most of the events this year. That’s why I decided to come and try out the Qualifying School again this year.
I hit the ball good today. I played consistently and hit a lot of fairways. I gave myself quite a few birdie chances, especially on the par-fives. Everything went well for me. I was solid off the tee so I was feeling quite confident out there.
I played here in the afternoon during my practice round and it was really tough. Playing in the morning today seems a little bit easier. I will just treat this like any other events. The pressure is there already so I will try not to have any expectations. I will just try my best and not think too much. I will try and score as low as possible tomorrow.
Chikkarangappa S (IND) – First Round 67 (-4)
I started from the 10th and I played really well on my front nine. I had three straight birdies before scoring an eagle on 18th before turning in 30. I had a good drive with a five-iron to about 204 yards, hit a slide cut from the back before hitting it to about 15 yards from the pin and made the putt.
The wind was picking up after I made the turn and I thought the first six holes were pretty tight. The wind was swirling. I had a hard time judging the wind direction out there. The wind kind of confused me a lot on my back nine, which is the front nine. But overall, I think I played alright. I am really looking forward to this week.
I have been doing well actually, just that I missed the halfway cuts for the last few events and lost my card. I think I put too much pressure on myself. There were a couple of things I needed to work on my game especially my fitness. I have been struggling with my tee shots earlier and that used to be one of strong points. I changed my drivers in between last season and I was just not able to find the right stuff. Now I am feeling much comfortable and everything is in place. I am sure this year will be a better season for sure.