#QueensCup Rd 2: What they said

Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) – Second Round 63 (-8), Total 133 (-9)

It was by accident, I was lucky. Some of the greens are quite fast but some were funny. I thought I would make the birdie putt on 17 but when it went near the hole, it just stayed out. This score is beyond my imagination.

The last time I shot a 28 was when I won the Malaysian PGA Championship a very long time ago. I’ve not shot a 28 before on the Asian Tour.  (Note: Thaworn is the ninth player to shoot a seven-under 28 on Tour. Four players have shot eight-under-par 28 which is the lowest nine hole score by par)

I’m too old to play on the Asian Tour these days. I do like to play in Asian Tour events as the Tour is family to me. I like meeting up with old friends. The courses these days are a lot longer and I’m getting older. It’s hard. It’s getting tiring for me.

I’ve won three times in Samui previously (2012 and 2014 Queen’s Cup and 2008 Bangkok Airways Open). This morning, I wasn’t quite confident before I started but one of my management team gave me some confidence and told me that I’m still a golf legend. That gave me some motivation.

I feel I got lucky today. On 10, I hooked it to the left but managed to get a birdie. And then when I found a bunker, I would still be able to make a birdie. I want to win number 19, I want 20 and I want 21 wins. If I have a chance, I want more wins, not just 18 especially when I have the opportunity to win this week.

Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand

Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand

Nicholas Fung (Mas) – Second Round 68 (-3), Total 134 (-8)

It was windy on the front nine and I just tried to keep the ball in play all the time and make some putts. It worked okay. I was playing with Thaworn and I was just trying to learn from him and tried to put my ball near his ball so that I could read his lines. It’s amazing, I couldn’t believe he shot 28.

Rahil Gangjee and I were just watching him hole all his putts on the back nine. I was one over on the front nine and shot four under on the back nine. I was just trying to keep up with the legend. I don’t want to think too much now that I’m in contention. I just want to play good golf and not think about winning. Just enjoy myself this weekend. On this course, four or five back is still anybody’s game. If I can shoot three or four under over the next two days, I’ll be happy.

SSP Chawrasia (Ind) – Second round 68 (-4), Total 135 (-7)

I’m playing good, it’s good going. I’m happy. The last two weeks, I’ve played well in England and Sweden except for the last round. I’m looking forward to the next two days. If I win it, I can be number one on the Order of Merit. If I can finish as number one, it’ll be my biggest achievement, Asian Tour number one. I’ll be trying my best to get it.

My putting has been a bit of a struggle. I’m hitting it good but need to putt better. I can win the tournament if I putt better. The greens are a bit slower than previous years here. My confidence is high and I feel really good.

Last year was a good year and I’m playing good this year too. I’ve played many years now in Europe and Asia and I know what works well for me. I’m slowly getting better and my trend seems to be moving in the right direction.

When the putting comes in for me, I’ll be on the leaderboard. That’s something that I’m working hard on. I’m certainly on the right track.

On his higher score signed on hole 9 where he shot a birdie three but signed for a par four?

It’s my own fault. I didn’t check my scorecard. This is the second time it’s happened in my career.

Angelo Que of the Philippines

Angelo Que of the Philippines

Juvic Pagunsan (Phi) – Second Round 67 (-4), Total 135 (-7)

I hit it good out there and putted nicely. I’ve played good this season. When I changed my driver early this year, I managed to hit it farther and straighter which is a big advantage. Managed to make five birdies and hit a lot of greens. I really like playing on this course. I like the blind holes because you don’t know what’s going to happen. I love coming to this place too, the beach, the people and the food especially. Maybe I’ll need to take my chances better this weekend. If I have a chance, I’ll try to grab the opportunity to win this week.

Rashid Khan (Ind) – Second Round 70 (-1), Total 135 (-7)

What I wanted to do, it went the opposite. I struggled with everything. I had chances to make birdies but missed those four or five footers. I think the eagle on 12 saved my day when I holed my nine iron. But I still didn’t convert anything coming in and bogeyed 17. Some misreads and hit some putts on the wrong line. Other than that, it was decent.

My eagle was from 138 yards. I hit a really good shot and we couldn’t find the ball on the green. I had no idea it went in. When we reached the green, I couldn’t find the ball and Namchok said look into the hole and it was there. It was nice.

I’m still in there with a fight. Two more days, let’s see. I used to play a 10 finger, baseball type grip. At the Indian Open, I changed it to an overlapping grip after the first round and that didn’t work out at all. I struggled for a while. I didn’t play the Thailand Open as I just focused on going back to my old grip and it’s finally paying off again. I’ve used the baseball grip since I started playing golf for 15 or 16 years. At the Indian Open second round, I changed the grip. I’m not sure why I changed! That was my mistake. I had to pay for that as I missed the cuts in Japan and Taipei.  I feel more comfortable with this old grip, I’ve won with this and I’m comfortable again with my game.

Angelo Que (Phi) – Second Round 70 (-1), Total 135 (-7)

I started a bit slow, bogeyed the first and doubled the fifth. I came back after that. I’m hitting it pretty good except for those two holes which were bad holes. If you misjudge the wind or get an unlucky bounce, it can cost you. You just have to be careful and accept whatever that happen. It’ll be fun in the next two rounds, especially when I may get a chance to play with Juvic.

I’m in good form right now, hopefully I’ll keep it up towards the weekend. I’ll like to add another win outside the country. I’ve been winning back home but it would be better if I can win abroad. It would be another achievement for me. I’m not counting on it, but I’m hoping to do it. I have to think better on the golf course. Today I got distracted a bit as the pace of play was getting a bit slow and I was getting impatient out there.