#AfrAsiaOpen-Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 13 May 2016

#AfrAsiaOpen-Rd 2 What They Said

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Beau Champ, Mauritius, May 13: Read what players have to say following the second round of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on Friday.
2016 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open: Day 2 Andrew Dodt of Australia
Andrew Dodt (Aus) – Second Round 70 (-2), Total 136 (-8)
I’m trying to embrace the challenge and enjoy the conditions and have fun, rather than trying to hold on and be defensive. You’ve got to be as tough as you can and miss in the right spots. I didn’t strike the ball as well as I did yesterday, but I missed in the right areas, where I could still get up and down. That was the key.
The chip-in on 12th was a lovely shot. It came out a little harder than I would’ve liked but luckily it hit the hole dead centre. I lost my concentration on the next hole, though, which sometimes happens when you make a birdie.
“I’ve actually been struggling a bit to get on my left side through the ball, but this wind is helping me get on the left side, as you have to do that to hit it low. I’ve always been a pretty good wind player, so I feel really comfortable in these conditions.
2016 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open: Day 2 Jeunghun Wang of Korea
Jeunghun Wang (Kor) – Second Round 70 (-2), Total 139 (-5)
The wind was blowing really hard today and the rain made it even tougher to play out there. I am happy that I still managed to shoot two-under given the testing conditions. I am pleased with where I stand right now but there’s still a long way to go.
I had a great eagle on 13 and that was my turning point for the round. I hit a good second shot but it went into the bunker. I managed to chip it in from about 20 yards with a sixty degree. That got my game going. I sank a two-footer for birdie on the following hole.
I want to stay consistent till Sunday. If I can continue to play like how I have been playing, I should have a good chance to win again. I think it’s possible to win this week. I will keep trying my best and enjoy myself out there. Two wins in a row would be amazing.
I will keep it the same for the next two rounds and try to make as many birdies as I can.
2016 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open: Day 1Siddikur Rahman (Ban) – Second Round 72 (even par), Total 140 (-4)
I thought the winds were stronger today compared to yesterday. I hit a really good shot on the 17 but unfortunately I didn’t chip well and made a bogey there. But I managed to recover with a birdie on last which is great. I hit my second shot downwind from 250 yards and it went over the green. It was a tough chip from there but I did it. I chipped it in for birdie with a sixty degree and that’s the best chip I had today.
Overall, it was a good round for me. I hung in there and stayed patient. It was really tough so I am very happy with how I played. I have been hitting the ball well. The game was pretty much the same for me today. I just aimed to hit as many fairways and greens as I can. You have to think positively playing in this kind of challenging conditions. I managed to do it today.
I am very happy with my driver. It’s been perfect so far this week. If I can maintain it till Sunday, I should be able to cap a good result here. It would be great if I can get into the Olympics but I don’t want to think about it just yet. I don’t want to give myself any expectations. I just want to focus on every round and every shot and just playing well.
Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) – Second Round 65 (-7), Total 140 (-4)
2016 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open: Day 2I can’t really think of a better display than that. I played every shot the way I intended, using the wind here and there, and most of them were really close. I converted most of the birdie chances I gave myself, but it could’ve been even better. I drove just off the back of the green on the ninth and made four, and I three-putted the tenth. I dropped another shot on the 17th and got it back on the last, so overall I’m very happy. It’s the toughest I’ve ever seen this place play in however many rounds I’ve played here. It’s a serious test.
I got on a roll on the front nine – I even made a two at the eighth, which is not usually a hole you’re looking to birdie. It’s very difficult playing these conditions on this grass – the ball can shoot off and it’s very difficult to control the trajectory well. And the greens are not very big, so all of that together makes it very tricky.
It was nice to have plenty of support out there. All day I saw people I know – from staff to people who live here. And it was a nice reception coming down the last.