#ThailandOpen Rd 2 What They Said

Bangkok, May 19: Read what players have to say following the second round of the US$300,000 Thailand Open on Friday.

Rattanon Wannasrichan of Thailand

Rattanon Wannasrichan of Thailand

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.

Ganagjett Bhullar of India

Gaganjeet Bhullar of India

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.

Pavin Ingkhapradit of Thailand

Pawin Ingkhapradit of Thailand

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 of India

Jeev Milkha Singh of India

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.