#TAKESoutionsMasters-Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 03 Aug 2017

#TAKESoutionsMasters-Rd 1 What They Said

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Poom Saksansin (Tha) – First Round 64 (-7)
Overall it was a good round. My driver and irons were good but I missed some putts. I hit it quite close today but missed the putts which is quite disappointing.
I only made one mistake and it was very silly. On the par-three hole 8, I read the wrong page of my yardage book. I hit it over the green by 12 or 15 yards and I was surprised. I asked Siddikur why the yardage was different and after he told me, I realised I was reading the wrong page. It was very stupid of me but lucky I save par.
030817_TSM Poom Saksansin (THA) 01On the last hole, I made a very nice chip-in birdie. That was very nice.
I hurt my back after Macao last year and didn’t play until Myanmar where I shot a 10-over-par on the first day. I felt like I didn’t know how to putt but my game is slowly coming back. I’m happy.
Viraj Madappa (Ind) – First Round 66 (-5)
This is my second Asian Tour event. I played in my first at the Diamond Cup in Japan as an amateur two years ago. I was really excited to start the day. I woke up fresh and raring to go.
It is easier to build on a good start and that’s what I did. It gives you a lot of confidence knowing that you can play well. I feel like I could have gone a little bit lower. I can’t wait for the next three days to go.
I have played here a number of times because I studied in Bengaluru so for two years I’ve almost based out of this golf course.
This is my first year as a professional and every day I feel more comfortable and confident. Every day is a learning experience. I feel that I could have gone lower. I didn’t hit it really close so I’m going to put in some work on the range.
Eagle on hole 11: Good drive to the middle of the fairway, seven iron 191 yards to the green, putt 15 feet (right to left uphill putt).
Divyanshu Bajaj (Ind) – First Round 66 (-5)
I struck it well and landed it within seven feet on quite a few holes. I backed that up with some quality putting.
I think I was a little fortunate to make eagle on the par-5 11th where the wind was in my favour and the pin was accessible.
I’ve endured two tough seasons on the PGTI in 2015 and 2016 but this year I’ve been working on the mental side of my game and the results have got better. I have two top-10s on the PGTI this season and am placed 19th in the Order of Merit at this stage.
But this is definitely my best round of the season so far.030817_TSM Divyanshu Bajaj (IND) 02
My good friend Rahil Gangjee, who recently moved from Kolkata to Bengaluru and now plays at KGA, shared some valuable tips with me with regard to the greens during the practice round. His inputs have helped me a great deal.
Rahil along with S.S.P. (Chawrasia) are the two people I often talk to for feedback on my game. They have both been very helpful over the years and have always encouraged me.
I now need to keep it going and stay consistent through the week.
Chikkaranggapa S. (Ind) – First Round 68 (-3)
I started on the 10th hole but was a bit rusty. I was two-over after a couple of holes. I told myself to hang in there. I wasn’t swing it that great but I managed to make a great birdie on the 18th hole. That gave me some boost.
The course conditions are nice but it is playing more difficult than what we are used to. The conditions are tough out there because it was quite windy.