Noda City, Chiba prefecture, Japan, April 21: Read what Jason Knutzon along with other leading contenders have to say after their second round at this week’s Panasonic OPEN Japan.
Jason Knutzon (Usa) – Second round 69 (-2) Total 133 (-9)
I tried to play my own game where I got off to a decent start with a birdie. I didn’t really play quite as good as yesterday but I had a nice finish coming in with two birdies in the last four holes. I felt good about my swing. After such a long break, I’m in the heat of everything and I’m really excited now. I’m going to try my best and see what happens. Mentally, I’m fresh. Golf is really a funny game when you play without much expectations. I felt pretty good about myself coming into this week. I was working on a few things in my game, they have clicked and here I am.
Panuphol Pittayarat (Tha) – Second 68 (-3), Total 135 (-7)
I’ve been playing really solid golf the last two days. I’ve been keeping the ball in play and making less mistakes. I’ve been feeling really good on the golf course and I’ve been very consistent with my ball striking since the start of the year. I went through a slight mental breakdown recently but I’ve fought back and I’m keeping up well. I believe someone is watching me from above and I hope not to disappoint.
It was another solid round from me today. I just made a mistake on six which I bogeyed but apart from that, it was good. I’ve been playing well and carrying my form over from last week where I finished third. It was a little bit cold this morning and I found it hard to strike the ball early on in the round. It’s nice to be in contention and I’m really feeling excited. I know I have a chance this week and I’m on form. So, I’m going to try my best.
Arjun Atwal (Tha) – Second round 69 (-2), Total 138 (-4)
The last two days have been great considering I haven’t played since the Indian Open. I was a little rusty but I managed to score well. I like the fact that you get to hit a variety of shots off the tee over here. It’s a little bit of an old school layout and I like that. The greens are tricky and I like the whole combination. I worked a little bit on my game during the last four weeks but not that much. It was not like crazy and I felt pretty good coming here. We’ll see after tomorrow. If I can shoot a really low score that can get me into the hunt tomorrow, then it’ll be interesting to see what happens next on Sunday.