Rayong, Thailand, January 9: Read what players have to say ahead of the 2018 Asian Tour Qualifying School which gets underway on Wednesday.
Berry Henson (Usa)
The last time I played the Qualifying School was in 2011. It’s good to be back here again. I am hoping for a good week this week to get me prepared for the year. I returned to competitive golf recently after being sidelined by a wrist injury for a year and a half.
This week will be my second tournament in about 18 months. My game is feeling good and I am feeling comfortable so I decided to be here. The guy who caddied for me at the 2011 Qualifying School happened to be here this week
He caddied for his brother last week but his brother missed the cut so he decided to caddy for me again this week. That will be fun. It’s nice to see a familiar face this week. I remembered I played really well n the first round and shot a closing 66 to make the mark.
We enjoyed each other’s company and we will be catching up a lot this week. It’s going to be the same. It should be a fun week.
I have played both courses and they are good Q-school courses. It’s challenging and you can make mistakes if you’re not careful. The guy who can get comfortable with the course quickest will be the guy who will play well this week.
The Asian Tour is my home. I always have plans to come back and play here. I just have to get healthy, get my rehab done and get my game back to come back here and compete. I love the Asian Tour and all the opportunities that’s out there.
I am just looking forward to getting some starts this year and trying to improve my status as quick as possible.
I had a tear on my right wrist from too much golf over the years. I went for my first surgery but had another ligament tear which forced me to go for a second surgery. That was a cleanout. I wasn’t sure if I was able to come back to play competitive golf after those two surgeries.
Luckily, my recovery has been fantastic. I am on medical exemption but only till June so I thought I come and try out at the Qualifying School this week to get my card as a backup. Once I make a certain amount, I should good for the rest of the year.
Chinnarat Phadungsil (Tha)I am excited to come back to the St. Andrews 2000. I won my first Asian Tour title here 13 years ago. I have played here on the domestic Tour in between but I still feel good coming back here to play the Qualifying School.
I like playing at home so hopefully I play well this week and regain my card on the Asian Tour which has been my home Tour since I turned professional. My game is getting better. I have been practicing for the past three weeks. Hopefully I can play better this week.
This is my first time playing the Qualifying School. Since winning in 2005, I have managed to keep my card for 12 straight seasons. I missed out for the first time last year but it’s alright. I am excited to play the Qualifying School this week. There are a lot of good and young players here but I will try my best.
I have good memories of the St. Andrews 2000 course. During my practice round, I realized I actually remember the shots that I hit when I won the tournament in 2005. I won on the second play-off hole. I chipped it to about one feet and made the putt to win. It was very good memories which I still remember clearly.
Joshua Shou (A) (Sgp)
I am pretty excited to be here this week. This is my first time playing the Asian Tour Qualifying School. I am planning to turn professional after the Singapore Open next week. The first stage of the Qualifying School was pretty nerve-wrecking, especially the last two days. I was just trying to keep it together and thankfully I did.
I think the Asian Tour is growing and there are a lot of big events coming up. It is a great Tour to play especially for a rookie like me. The game’s shaping up pretty good for this week. I just want to play with no expectations and see what happens.
The two golf courses this week are very different. Rayong is not as hilly and the greens at St. Andrews are pretty tricky. I will see what I can do and see what happens. Winning the team gold medal for the SEA Games last year boosted my confidence and made me want to turn professional.
The amount of pressure I had to handle in the last match, even though I lost, gave me a lot of confidence and led me to the decision to turn professional. I have been told to play my own game and stay relaxed but it’s easier said than done. I know it comes with experience.
But having said that, even if I don’t make it this week, it’s still a good experience for me too.