Macao, October 20: Read what players have to say following the second round of the Macao Open on Friday.
Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) – Second Round 65 (-6), Total 129 (-13)
The eagle on 18 was the most interesting part of my round. I hit my driver to the middle of the fairway and then a three-wood from about 270 yards which hit the pin before settling two feet from the hole for a tap-in eagle.
It was good solid round. It was windy. It wasn’t easy. I thought it was slightly more difficult than yesterday. I made a good par save on the first hole and that kept me going. I was playing the right side of the fairway and I hit it into the bunker. From there, I hit it to the right of the green. I chipped it to about 10 feet and holed the par putt.
I had a few other good birdies on fourth, seventh and 13 as well. They were all inside 10 feet. I hit the ball really good today. I struggled a bit with my driving but I kept the ball in play. I guess my past experiences of playing here have helped me today.
I won’t be thinking about winning right now. The goal is to keep doing what I have been doing for the first two rounds. If I can do that, it will be fortunate for me. I had a miscalculation on 15 where I dropped my first shot of the week. I should have hit a lob wedge but I hit a sand wedge instead and three-putted from there.
I just kept doing the same after that, nothing fancy. I just told myself to stick to my game plan and I had a good finish on 18.
Ajeetesh SANDHU (IND) – Second Round 67 (-4), Total 133 (-9)
I started off quite bad. The wind was really gusting when I started this afternoon. I had a couple of loose shots and made bogeys but got it back on track after making some nice putts on holes four and six. I sank a 25-footer on four and a 15-footer on six. That set things back on track.
I played pretty well on my back nine, the way I did yesterday. I just hit a lot of fairways and greens and made putts out there. I am pretty happy with how I played today. I knew it was going to be a very tough day because the wind was up. It was swirling and it was gusting and the course is really narrow.
You have to be really patient and that’s all I want to do. I just wanted to get back on track and back to even par quickly. I wasn’t looking at the leaderboard. I just wanted to focus on my own game and play my best.
I misjudged the wind on the 18. I thought it was left to right but it wasn’t. I hit it into the left rough, laid up from there and I had a perfect yardage from there. I hit a lob wedge to about six feet and made the putt for birdie.
It’s going to be exciting tomorrow playing with Gaganjeet and Angelo Que. I am looking forward to it.
Angelo QUE (PHI) – Second Round 67 (-4), Total 134 (-8)
It was pretty tough with the wind. I enjoy playing in the wind so I guess that’s probably why I played well. I drove the ball very well today. I hit a lot of good drives although I didn’t make any birdies on the back nine. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.
It was about the same wind as yesterday. The greens were softer yesterday. It’s a bit tough in the afternoon. The birdies were just pretty standard, nothing special. I am hitting the ball really well. If you can hit the ball well off the tee and judge the wind well, you will be able to score.
I seem to like this golf course and it’s because it’s windy. I like playing on windy courses. I guess that’s why I am playing well again.
Giwhan KIM (KOR) – Second Round 70 (-1), Total 134 (-8)
The wind was really strong out there. My tee shot went left on my first hole of the day on 10th. It was a good bogey there. I had a good bounce back on the 14th hole. I rolled the birdie putt from about seven metres. Everything seems to go my way from there.
It was windier today compared to yesterday when I played in the morning. Overall, I played some steady golf today. I am still in a good position for the weekend so I am looking forward to the next two rounds. I have played very good golf these two days.
Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) – Second Round 68 (-3), Total 137 (-5)
I played really well. I hit the ball very good. It was really windy out there. I missed only one fairway today. It would be better if I can finish better without the bogey eighth, which is my second last hole. The game is feeling very good right now. I am looking forward to the next two days.
I hope I can putt better in the weekend. If I can do that, I might have a chance. I gave myself a lot of opportunities for birdies today. It was a very solid round and I have happy to be in the mix. This is my best round here in three years.
Prom MEESAWAT (THA) – Second Round 67 (-4), Total 137 (-5)
It’s not any different for me today. I played in the afternoon yesterday and it was windy. It was still as windy this morning too. I got off to a good start. I had a very good front nine, which is the back nine of the course. I hit the ball good and kept giving myself chances for birdies out there.
I hit it good on my back nine today too, even though I had nine straight pars. I didn’t make any mistakes out there. I drained a 35-footer for birdie on my first hole 10. I guess that gave me a lot of momentum going into the round.
The 10th hole is a tough hole to start, especially when it’s windy. If you can go out and make pars on 10 and 11 to start, you must be very happy. I birdied 10 and par 11 and it gave me lots of confidence. I birdied the 12 where the pin position was pretty tough too.
Going two-under through three holes and with three more par-fives coming up, I told myself I am just going to try my best. It’s tough out there. I have played this course so many times so I am familiar with how the course will play in the wind.
I think I put my past experiences of playing here to good use today.I know where I can be aggressive and where I should miss.