Manila, November 7: Read what players are saying ahead of the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters which starts on Thursday.
Nicholas Fung (Mas)
I am really happy to be back here. It’s one of my favourite events. The golf course is looking great this week. I hope I can win this time, having finished inside top-10 thrice in my last four starts here.
At this moment, I am still feeling tired due to the long journey here from India. I hope to get some rest these two days and I will be ready for the tournament on Thursday. My game’s been pretty consistent as of late.
I believe I have an advantage this week because this course suits my game a lot. I have been playing well here the last four years. This year, I am coming into the week with my first Asian Tour title already in the bag so I am definitely feeling more confident than previous years.
But having said that, I don’t want to put so much pressure on myself. I just want to go out and enjoy the course, like what I used to before. I will try to have fun and go for some low scores this week. There are so many good players here this week. I just want to go out and play as good as I can.
This course is not too long for me. It is similar to the course in Koh Samui, Thailand, where I won earlier in June. You can use a mid-iron for every approach shots as the greens are soft here. The greens are in top conditions too.
Ajeetesh Sandhu (Ind)
This is my second time playing the Resorts World Manila Masters. The last time I played was in 2013. I played in the pro-am tournament this morning and I thought the course is playing a lot harder now.
The course is quite soft and the greens are pretty tough. The wind was up today too. The game feels fine. I am still riding on my good form. I had a great finish on home soil last week so I am looking forward to this week.
I am enjoying the way that I am playing. I am not setting any targets for myself this week. I just want to play my game and have fun out there. I am not thinking about the results.
Poom Saksansin (Tha)
The course is looking really nice for this week. It was pretty windy today. I don’t usually play well in the wind but I will try my best this week. Even if I don’t play well, at least I get to learn how to play in this wind.
The last month has been great for me, having played in big events like the CIMB Classic and the WGC-HSBC Champions. I haven’t really find the confidence in my game yet but it is all good experiences for me which has definitely helped me grow as a player.
I hope for a good result this week as it will put my game in good shape for the bigger events coming up towards the end of the season.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
I have been playing well the past couple of weeks. I got a bit of a rest in Hong Kong last week and I am feeling good coming here. The game’s feeling pretty solid too. It’s always great to be playing a tournament at home.
I emerged as the top Filipino in this tournament last year. It’s always a pleasure to be the top performer from your country but it would have been better if I could have finish inside top-10. I finished in a share of 13th place but it was still a good result.
I hope I can better last year’s result this week! It’s the fifth edition of the tournament and no Filipino player has won it yet. It’s definitely what I am aiming for. I will try my best this week. I believe I have the chances. I am going to grind hard and hopefully my hard work will pay off.