Rayong, Thailand, January 10: Read what players are saying following day one of the Asian Tour Qualifying School on Wednesday.
Atthaphon Sriboonkaew (Tha) – First round 66 (-5) Rayong Green Valley Country Club
I made a few up and downs today. I hit it to the right side on the 12th hole and had to lay up. I chipped it good from about five yards from a pretty bad lie and sank the three-footer to save par.
I made four good chips today for three birdies and a par. It was a great round. The rain delay didn’t affect me much. I was just chilling and playing games on my phone during the delay. I guess that helped to keep me relaxed before heading out again.
The two golf courses are pretty different. You got to be really patient out there. I haven’t been able to keep my card for the last few years. I hope to give myself a chance to work my way back onto the Asian Tour with a good result this week.
I spoke to my fitness instructor and my coach before coming here. They want me to just try my best this week. It’s not going to be easy to break into top 35 and ties with more than 200 players in the field.
There are a lot of good players here this week. I will just play my own game and see how it goes.
Berry Henson (Usa) – First round 68 (-3) Rayong Green Valley Country Club
It was pretty stress-free out there. I didn’t make any bogeys today. I made a couple of mistakes earlier in the round. I made a birdie on the third hole and then on the par-five fourth hole, I three-putted for par.
After that, I just played solid out there. I started right after the rain delay. The conditions changed quite substantially from how it was in the practice rounds because of the rain. It was difficult to control the spin out of the fairways to get it close enough.
I am surprised with the low score as it was just hard to get it close today. I had a chip-in birdie on the 13th hole about 30 yards from just off the fringe. I thought I hit it too hard but it was perfect that it got in.
It was a lucky shot but it was a good shot and I think I deserve it. I played really nicely today. I never really got into a good rhythm but managed to keep it clean. The goal was to shoot five-under so I am close to that.
I was a little worried about my wrist this morning. I felt a bit of pain before my warm up and it was bothering me. It was a good test for me with the rain delay as I haven’t had that for a long time. I was able to do some rehab before heading out. It felt fine when I did my warm up again.
It felt fine throughout the day so no worries with that. I am pretty happy my wrist held up today.
Justin Quiban (Phi) – First round 69 (-2) St. Andrews 2000
It was tough out there. I wasn’t really hitting it well but I think my putter saved me. I started from the 10th hole and I hit it to about 40 to 50 feet and made the putt for birdie there. It was a good start for me.
I stumbled with a double-bogey on 13 but managed to bounce back with an eagle on 15 before making another birdie on 17. This is my first time playing in the Qualifying School but I am treating it like any other tournament.
I was just trying to keep myself relaxed during the rain delay. It didn’t affect me much. The St. Andrews course is really tough. I had to be patient out there. You can’t let the course get into your head and get angry. The fairways are tough.
I will try and go low at Rayong Green tomorrow. The game is feeling good for this week. I am feeling confident coming in here, having won my first professional title back home last month.
Ye Htet Aung (Myn) – First round 70 (-1) St. Andrews 2000
I started really good from the 10th hole with two birdies in my opening three holes. I dropped shots on the 14th and fourth holes but managed to recover with a birdie on the last. I had a good start and finish to the round so I am happy with how I played today.
The greens are pretty soft out there so I think there are good chances of making birdies out there. You got to keep the ball in play to score out there. I have my country exemption for the 2018 season but I want to try for a better status so that’s the reason why I am here.