#WS6Perth Rd 1: What they said

Brett Rumford of Australia. Photo: PGA of Australia.

Brett Rumford of Australia. Photo: PGA of Australia.

Brett Rumford (Aus) First Round 64 (-8)

I got off to another fast start.  I think ‘Beef’ threw the first punch with a two at the first hole (the flight started at hole 10). I guess we just fed off each other from there.  Lee was playing great golf like he normally does, and the greens were rolling nicely. So, if you got the ball on line rolling, you’ll probably hole it as there is no deviation to the greens.

Outside of my bogeys (at 1st and 3rd), I just had to tell myself that I’m playing good golf and just stay patient with it, as there will be plenty of birdies coming in.

When your playing partners are playing well, you just feed off one another.  Plus, it was fairly scorable out there. The winds weren’t as strong as they were the last few afternoons that I’ve been out here playing.

I don’t know what it is, but definitely seems to be some kind of home course advantage, isn’t it? I’m leading, I’m inside the top 24 and that’s my only focus this week.

Lee Westwood (Eng) First Round 66 (-6)

Yeah, I played very nicely, very solidly. I hit a lot of good shots, drove the ball well, putted nicely as well without anything really going in for me.  I chipped in on 15th for eagle, but other than that everything was pretty close range.  The greens obviously take a bit of getting used to and learning.  But it’s part of the job and I managed that, and like I say, six-under-par is a good start to the tournament.

66 is my best opening of the season. But, the season is only four tournaments in.  I started the first couple of events slowly. Last week I played a lot better, shooting 62 the second round. The swing’s just getting better all the time.  It’s just unfortunate I’ve got a long period of time off after this through different circumstances, and I should be working on the game and my fitness over the few weeks after this tournament.

It was nice to shoot 66.  I don’t think this is a tournament where you want to be playing catch up really.  You want to get yourself in the mix and try and cruise through the second and third days and get into that top 24.

Nicholas Fung of Malaysia

Nicholas Fung of Malaysia

Nicholas Fung (Mas) First Round 67 (-5)

I’m very happy with my round today. This is my third time playing here at the Karrinyup Country Club. The conditions are beautiful and playing in the morning, it was less breezy. That probably helped me shoot a low score. It’s a great start for me.

When I was here two days ago, the greens were pretty wet, but the groundsmen managed to dry it up prior to the tournament.

I’ve been striking the ball well. Putting’s my problem, but today, it seems that it is working. Which is why I made seven birdies today.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) First Round 67 (-5)

Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Team Asia

Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand

Yeah, I got a really decent start, five birdies in the first six holes, which surprised me a little bit. I didn’t know the course, but I really enjoy it. I love seeing kangaroos in the golf course.

I just try to bombs, but you know, Lucas (Herbert) is one of the best players in Australia and he hit it miles.  I force myself to hit hard as I can, but I still can’t as far with the kid.

I caught the Super 6 last year and it looks like great fun. It gives an opportunity for any player who made top 24 to win. I was excited when I knew that I’m getting in this week. I was trying force my manager to get a visa and I flew as early as I could to join this event. I have to thank all the organizer and sponsor for the invitation.

Prom Meesawat (Tha) First Round 67 (-5)

I’m very happy to finish the round five-under-par today. I played solid and didn’t make any mistake. But, this golf course, the pins are placed next to the bunker. So, if you miss it on the wrong side, it’s going to be very tough.

Everything went well today. I drove well and the wind direction today helped me a bit. At the long holes, it was down wind. That makes it play a bit easier. At the 18th, if you play into the wind, you need a long club to get to the greens. The difference can be as much as five clubs!

The last hole, I hit a great second shot and nearly holed it. There was nothing really special today, actually. I hit fairways and greens and made some good putts.

There is still a lot of golf to play. There’s a different format this week and I’m aiming to get into the top 24. Let’s see how it goes. It’s going to be great fun if I do get to Sunday.

Jason Scrivener (Aus) First Round 67 (-5)

I’m not disappointed with five-under-par, but definitely there are really low scores out there today. I just think the wind direction this morning was just perfect.  There was a lot of breeze from the east as well, which made it just easier as the greens were so soft.  The greens were rolling pretty good this morning.  It is as easy as it’s going to play around here.

I think as long as you’re in that top eight, that’s the main thing.  Obviously, the aim is to first get to the top 24, but it’ll be nice to be in the top eight to get a bye to the second round. You always want to win the stroke play; I think that’s everyone’s goal to start the week.

Wade Ormsby (Aus) First Round 67 (-5)

I’m definitely happy with my round this afternoon.  You never know with the wind over here in the afternoon.  The wind got up at 12th and 13th holes, but yeah, I played pretty solid.

Thorbjorn (Olesen) is a great guy and Danny (Willet)’s record speaks for itself.  It’s always nice to be out with those guys.  Yeah, hopefully I can get in good tomorrow, get to the weekend.

The conditions were amazing. We played the 6th downwind and all of a sudden, we get halfway down 7th and it was complete opposite direction. Then, the wind turned around and started helping us.  It’s just the wind over here, it gets up in the afternoon and just depends on what part of the golf course you’re on, whether it helps or hurts you. So, it kind of helped me a bit today, so it’s all good.

Min Woo Lee (A) (Aus) First Round 69 (-3)

Yeah, I played pretty solid. I started off with a double so it wasn’t great, but then I brought it back with five birdies, so I’m really happy with my score. Starting with the double is obviously not good, but I think it was needed for me just to get a kick on, and especially having so much support.

A lot of the pins were tucked in on the front nine, so I knew the scoring would come out from the back.