Manila, November 10: Read what players have to say following the second round of the Resorts World Manila Masters.
Justin Quiban (Phi) – Second Round 66 (-6), Total 132 (-12)
It was pretty slow at the start. I started off the back nine. I had my first birdie on 13 and then I had five straight birdies from the 15 which was great. Unfortunately, I dropped two shots on my last two holes but overall, it was good.
I putted really well. I have been putting good since yesterday. This is my home course so I am pretty familiar with the layout. I think it’s an advantage for me. I will stick to the same game plan for the next two rounds.
It was exciting out there. I didn’t really feel any pressure out there. The conditions were pretty much the same as yesterday I think. The birdie on the 18 felt good because I knew if I were to birdie that hole, I will be tied for the lead. I chipped it to about two feet and made the putt for birdie.
I felt really confident after that. I am happy to be in a share of lead in such a big event. I am excited about the next two rounds. We will see how it goes.
Arnond Vongvanij (Tha) Second round 67 (-5) Total 132 (-12)
I’m absolutely happy with how I’ve been playing the last two days. The conditions were really tough yesterday but I managed to play well. I was able to keep the momentum going again today. I believe I can continue this good form as I’ve been hitting the ball really these past couple of days. I’ll try to keep doing the same thing. I’ve been playing a lot better the last few months. I understand how I swing the ball better now as I had a big swing change the last couple of years and it’s coming together nicely now. I just have to keep playing against the course and do what I’ve been doing. That way, whatever the other guys are doing wouldn’t matter much.
Phachara Khongwatmai (Tha) Second round 65 (-7) Total 132 (-12)
My short game is very good this week. All my birdies were made from inside five-feet today. Whenever I made a mistake, I was about to recover well and that was important. I putted well. Actually I didn’t expect myself to playing this well as I was hitting the ball all over the place during my practice round. But when the tournament started, it was so different. I’m not thinking too far ahead and I just want to play like how I’ve done the last two days.
Natipong Srithong (Tha) Second round 67 (-5), Total 134 (-10)
My goal was to shoot four-under everyday but I’ve surpassed that with my five-under-par scores for both days. So I’m really pleased with myself as I’ve exceeded those expectations. The course is quite wet from the rain but my plan is still to hit the fairways and greens for my birdie chances. I made several nice birdies today. On 18, I managed to get onto the green in two and two-putted for a birdie there. I’ve been very sharp especially with my four-iron and that helped in getting a good score today.
Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) 64 (-8), Total 134 (-10)
I didn’t drop any shots today which is always nice. I putted well and I took advantage of my birdie chances. The course was much softer, calmer and playing much longer. It was a scoring day with soft greens and fairways and you can attack the pins. I’m feeling good and I’ve figured out what I need to do for the weekend. If I can maintain what I’ve been doing, it should be a good week for me.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi) Second round 69 (-3), Total 137 (-7)
I believe I could have done so much better as I didn’t take advantage of the calmer weather conditions in the morning. But there’s still plenty of golf left and I’m confident of catching up. Manila Southwoods is my home course and I have a big advantage over the rest. I know what it takes to have a good score and to win. Probably 17 or 18-under would be the winning score here and that’s what I’m working towards. I haven’t been striking the ball well and I’ve been saved by my short game. I’ve to go back to the range to work with my coach especially on my eight-irons. I missed so many greens and missed so many birdie opportunities
Gavin Green (Mas) Second round 67 (-5), Total 138 (-6)
I hit the ball a lot better off the tee today and I was not too aggressive. The par-fives got me a bit and I was really disappointed with myself as I didn’t capitalize on them with my tee shots. There’s always pressure when we compete and I just got to go out there and play the best I can.