#DiamondCup - Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 23 Sep 2016

#DiamondCup - Rd 2 What They Said

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Osaka, Japan, September 23: Read what players have to say following the second round of the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup on Friday.
DSC_4784 Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand
My short game was good but I didn’t drive the ball as good as I did yesterday. Conditions were calmer compared to yesterday where we had a lot of rain. It was a little windy though. I am very happy with how I played these two days.
I like playing in Japan. I love the weather here. It’s so much cooler here compared to Thailand. I enjoy playing golf in Japan a lot. This is a difficult course. I will continue to try my best in the next two days. It’s still early to think about winning now.
I have been in contention on the Asian Tour before but I was never in the lead. Hopefully I can do that today. We will see when the round finishes. I wasn’t really checking the leaderboard out there actually.
I made a mistake on the 14 where I double-bogeyed. I hit a bad iron shot and it went into the water. That was probably the only mistake I made today. I told myself not to think about the double-bogey and move on from there. I am very happy with the way I bounced back from it. I stayed patient and focused on every shot out there.
I hit two shots to get on the greens on two par-fives today but was disappointed to miss eagle chances there. Overall, it was still good. I haven’t set any targets for myself coming here this week. I don’t want to play with any expectations. As long as I feel that I have played my best, I am happy with it. I love Japan. I love to eat unagi and sushi. It’s always nice every time I come here.
I had a great experience playing in The Open earlier. It was like a dream come true. I learned about the weather, the fast greens and playing on the links course. I managed to speak to Jason Day, Zach Johnson, Gary Player and Nick Faldo at the driving range at Royal Troon.
Gary Player gave me some comments on my driving and my putting which I really appreciate. It’s a pity I didn’t get to see Luke Donald. He is my favourite player.
I started playing golf at the age of nine. My parents don’t play golf. I kind of pick up the sport in school and have been playing till now. I can’t really tell you why I chose golf! It just happened and I am loving it now. My father is here with me this week. My mum is back home with my older sister. They take turns to travel with me for tournaments. I enjoy their company.
Ippei KOIKE (JPN) – Second Round 67 (-3), Total 134 (-6)
It was a fun round. My tee shots and approach shots were good. I am really surprised with how I played the last 2 days.  When I played my practice round, I thought I could only managed an even par. This course is difficult. If I can play continue to play under par, I will be happy. I am paired with Japan Golf tour members in the first two rounds. I wish I can play with Asian Tour players in the next two rounds. I still have 2 more days, I just have to concentrate on my game.
Shugo IMAHIRA (JPN) – Second Round 69 (-1). Total 134 (-6)
Overall, I did not strike the ball well, especially my second shots. I stayed patient the whole day. I was just trying to hit the middle of the greens to play safe and avoided making bogeys. I tried not to play too aggressively. I could not make putts on the front nine. The greens are very bumpy on the back. I hope I can stay in the mix tomorrow. If I can, it will be a good experience for me on Sunday.
Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) – Second Round 69 (-1), Total 135 (-5)
I struggled with my right ankle injury throughout the round today. I was really annoyed because it’s affecting me, especially during my down swing. I didn’t feel comfortable hitting the ball and walking on the course today. I have to thank my caddy, Greg, who cheered me up all day. I made some big mistakes but managed to recover well. I didn’t play as well as I did yesterday but I am still happy with a 69. I am not far from the lead so I will continue to fight for better scores in the next two rounds.