#WS6Perth Rd 2: What they said

Lee Westwood (Eng), Second Round 70 (-2), Total 136 (-8)

Lee Westwood of England. Photo: PGA of Australia

Lee Westwood of England. Photo: PGA of Australia

It was a good day out on the golf course. It wasn’t easy out there. I know the wind can really pick up in Perth, but you don’t expect it to blow quite as strong as it has blown today.

Rumford and I haven’t given too many shots away. We made a few putts and I chipped in a couple of times. It has been fun. I hope that we get to play together again tomorrow.

I don’t look at it (being in the top eight). I was just trying to shoot as low as possible. I know, if I carry on playing like I’m playing, I’ll be thereabouts on the leaderboard.  To be perfectly honest, matchplay is like a lottery sometimes. You’re going to need a lot of luck to win it.

I don’t know what to make of six-hole matchplay.  Like I said, I think you’re going to need a lot of luck. I think having a six-hole matchplay is exciting for the fans. I think golf needs something like that, but I don’t know if you’re going to find out who the best player on the week is with that format. If somebody birdies the first four holes, you don’t have any time to fight back. So, it’s a very “do or die” situation over the first couple of holes.

Brett Rumford (Aus), Second Round 72 (even par), Total 136 (-8)

Brett Rumford of Australia. Photo: PGA of Australia

Brett Rumford of Australia. Photo: PGA of Australia

The golf course was as tricky as it can get. It was just rough from word “go”. Every single hole looked different compared to yesterday – the way it played, your landing areas, everything.  So, it was a day just purely for concentration and just knocking them down. I’m happy to have signed for 72, I’m happy to be tied for the lead.

Pars are good scores, and parring the first six was what I did.  Yeah, it was just a tough day, so I had no real expectations of scores. It was just knuckling down, and do the best you can.

Obviously, Westwood and I want to go through as the leader.  You would have to lie to say that you’re not aware of your opponent. But, I’m not playing against him, I’m not changing my game plan or swing thoughts. I’m just playing golf.  Tomorrow will be the same, I am just focusing on my own game and I will try to take it as deep as I can.

Prom Meesawat (Tha), Second Round 70 (-2), Total 137 (-7)

The tournament played a lot different compared to yesterday, when I teed off in the morning. I just try to get myself in a good position and make as many birdies as I can. I made two good birdies on the front nine, which helped me a lot. I also hit a lot of good iron shots. When it’s windy, you can make a lot of mistakes. So, grabbing the opportunities for birdies will help you a lot.

It’s not really mentally taxing for me, despite the conditions. I just try to keep the ball below the tree line. I did very well today and I’m happy to shoot under par under these conditions.

Being in the top eight is going to help. But there’s still a lot of golf to play. There are plenty of good players left as well. I’m just going to stick to my game and try to do my best.

Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), Second Round 67 (-5), Total 137 (-7)

Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark. Photo: PGA of Australia

Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark. Photo: PGA of Australia

Yeah, the round was difficult.  It was quite breezy this morning and the wind picked up in the last hour or so. With that in mind, I’m very happy with my score. I think it’s going to be tough for the guys this afternoon.

The course is firming up a little bit also, so it will be difficult for players to get it close to the pin. But obviously, if you’re playing really, really well, you can shoot a low score.

I really like this golf course. Last year I just had a bad Saturday. I’ll try to do things differently tomorrow. It would be nice to win the stroke play first and then, do well on Sunday. And, I’m going to play a little bit differently if I make it to Sunday, that’s for sure.

Lucas Herbert (Aus), Second Round 69 (-3), Total 137 (-7)

I think the score doesn’t really reflect how hard it was out there. It was so tough with that wind!  Actually, I thought that I didn’t play well, so to finish at three-under-par, I’m stoked!

I really like this course. The greens, the layout, the length of holes – everything just set up really well for me, which is why I love coming here every year.

I would love to put myself in that top eight again so that I can just observe the first round of matchplay and give myself a little break in the morning.

Last year, going into the matchplay round, we didn’t prepare to the level it needed to be. But it’s really well-structured now and the team has done a really good job of figuring out what works for me. The preparation problems that happened last year won’t be happening again.

I wasn’t going let that double bogey (at sixth) get to my head. [He birdied the next hole]. I think I got away with it a little because on that seventh tee, we were watching the guys in front of us tee off. So, I had a bit of time to sit there and let that one (the double bogey) go. It shows how far I’ve come mentally.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand. Photo: PGA of Australia

Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand. Photo: PGA of Australia

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha), Second Round 72 (even-par), Total 139 (-5)

I started the round pretty well, as I was four-under-par after 11 holes. Then, after the turn, I had four bogeys in a row, which was quite disappointing. I was striking the ball very well, so to see it bounce into the bunker was just hard to accept. I didn’t putt well too. I missed putts within 10 feet at about six holes.

Well, the wind did pick up, which made it more difficult out there. But overall, I wasn’t playing my best game.

I know that the target on everyone’s mind is to get to the top eight or top 24. But for me, I will always try to perform to the best of my abilities every time I come out to play. I aim to play well in front of the spectators who come out to support me.

Andrea Pavan (Ita), Second Round 66, Total 139 (-5)

Yesterday was not as windy, but playing in the afternoon made it a bit trickier. The greens were a bit slower and a bit bumpier, so I didn’t hole anything.  And so, coming into today, I was not in a great spot. I needed to play well. Most definitely, with a six-under-par, I had a great round.

I holed a couple of good putts on the back nine, but I missed some short ones as well. But overall, I’m happy especially after yesterday, when I just didn’t see the ball going in.

I’ll just try to have another good round tomorrow and play shot by shot. I have to play within my game and put together a good game plan. I mean, if I perform, that will take care of itself.

Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Second Round 71 (-1), Total 141 (-3)
Scored a hole-in-one at the par-three 17th with a seven-iron from 204 yards.

It was downwind. I hit my seven iron and it went straight. I didn’t see the ball and I didn’t see where it landed because I was blinded by a big spotlight. Somebody at the hole raised his arms and then, I knew it.

It was the first hole-in-one in my life, and I’ve been playing golf for over 20 years. I’ve hit a provisional ball into the hole before, but never a proper ace. And, it’s great to be able to do it in a tri-sanctioned professional event! I was very nervous walking up to the hole. Besides, I’ve never had been in this situation before. I’m very happy.