Bangkok, May 19: Read what players have to say following the second round of the US$300,000 Thailand Open on Friday.
Rattanon Wannasrichan (Tha) – Second round 69 (-2), Total 131 (-11)
I didn’t putt as well as I did yesterday. Hopefully I can regain my hot putter in the next two rounds. The conditions were pretty much the same today. Everything else was good except for my putter.
I had a long putt only on the sixth hole. I sank a 20-footer there. That’s probably my best hole today. I am still in a good position. I will keep to the same game plan and hopefully my putter will work again.
This is my first time leading into the third round in an Asian Tour event. I am not thinking too much about that. I just want to have fun. The year has been pretty solid so far with two top-five results. A win will be great of course but I won’t give myself too much pressure.
I started playing golf at the age of nine. My father brought me into the game. My favourite player is Chinnarat (Phadungsil). I saw how he won his first Asian Tour title as an amateur in 2005 and he’s been a figure of inspiration to me since.
I started working with a new coach by the name of Lervit Boonsombat at the start of the season. He made some changes to my swing and helped me eliminate my hooks.
Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) – Second round 66 (-5), Total 131 (-11)
I pretty much played the same way like I played yesterday. I gave myself a lot of birdie opportunities. I made six birdies yesterday and six birdies today. I just made one mistake on the eighth hole today and that’s about it.
I hit more greens in regulation yesterday and I missed a few today. It wasn’t as windy today. It was pretty calm out there. I had quite a few good birdies. I got off to a good start with a birdie on the first.
I made a really good one on 15. The pin position was really tough. I drove a seven iron to about 12 to 14 feet. It was a right to left big curler, definitely one of the highlights for me today.
When you get off to a good start, it gives you a lot of confidence and momentum going into the round. I just stayed consistent out there. I am happy to be in a good position right now. There are a lot of good players playing this week.
There is still a lot more golf to go but I would like to keep myself motivated for the weekend. I started the season quite well. I played well but didn’t score quite well. I had two top-20 finishes. Nothing fantastic but it was a decent start to the season.
Pawin Ingkhapradit (Tha) – Second round 62 (-9), Total 132 (-10)
I hit my tee shots very well today and I putted good. I had six birdies in a row from the sixth hole. Everything was solid for me and I feel like luck is on my side today. I hit my tee shot to the right on the ninth hole and chipped in for birdie from about 30 yards!
My approached shots were good too. I checked the leaderboard a few times out there and I was thinking ‘this is my day!’. If not for the preferred lies ruling in place, this would have been my best 18-hole score in a tournament. Hopefully I can stay lucky for tomorrow.
I felt like the conditions were easier compared to yesterday. There wasn’t much wind out there. This is my first time playing here. It’s in a good condition but I thought the greens were quite slow. You need to hit good tee shots and putt well to score here.
I turned professional in 2011 and had played on the Asian Tour under the country exemption category for about four years. I am focusing on the local Tour this season. It feels good to be in contention on the Asian Tour.
Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind) – Second round 63 (-8), Total 134 (-8)
It has been awhile since I have shot a 63. In fact, I can’t remember when I last shot a 63. When you shoot a score like that, you just hope to build on it.
I tried something new this week. I have been struggling with my driver. I started to ground the driver after I won the Scottish Open in 2012. Before that, I used to have it up in the air before hitting the ball.
I gave it some thoughts this week and I decided to switch back to how I used to play. To my surprise, I am driving the ball a lot better now. It has given me a lot of confidence. Other than that, I am hitting my irons good and my short game is alright.
Everything fell in place today. I drove the ball really solid and I holed a lot of putts. I made a good birdie on the second hole today. My ball landed on the slope of the bunker and I didn’t have a shot there. I pitched it to the green and ran it to about four feet and holed that for birdie.
I had another good birdie on the difficult par-three sixth hole. I hit a four-iron to just over the pin and holed the putt there. I was three-under after nine and I thought I might as well go all out, enjoy the game and see how low I can get. I was trying to shoot as low as possible and it went my way.
I like this course. I have played a lot of tournaments here since early 2000. It’s a fantastic venue and it’s in excellent conditions. I will do the same thing for tomorrow and try to stick to what I have been working on and we will see what comes around.