#AfrAsiaOpen Rd 2: What they said

Fri 08 May 2015

#AfrAsiaOpen Rd 2: What they said

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Friday, May 8


Thorbjorn Olesen (Den) – Second round 68 (-3), Total 133 (-9)
On the front nine it was quite tricky but I kept it going out there and finished strongly with birdies on seven, eight and nine and then tried to keep fighting. I’m enjoying being out there and I holed some nice putts. All in all it was a good day and I’m happy with three under. I thought the putt on 17 was short, but it just trickled in and you need that luck sometimes.
I’ve read the greens very nicely this week, today and yesterday. I missed a couple of putts in the beginning today but then I holed some really nice putts and I feel like I have the pace.
I’m really looking forward to the weekend. It’s been a long break and then all of a sudden I’m up there in the lead, so it will be a lot of fun. Mauritius is a beautiful country, so no matter what happens, I will still like it.
I didn’t have the biggest expectations this week but I knew I was swinging the club well and I’ve been practising hard the last couple of weeks. I was obviously hoping for something good, but I’ve been surprised at home good my short game has been this week. I thought it was be the part that would be rusty, but it has actually been really good. I’m pleased at that it’s brilliant to be leading. It’s fun to be out there and be at the front again.
Javi Colomo (Esp) – Second round 69 (-2), Total 141 (-1)
Tell us about the hole in one on the par four ninth hole?
I don’t know. First time in my life I hit an unbelievable driver, very high with a little cut. I tried to stop the ball on the green and the ball found the hole. I needed a birdie to make the cut, double eagle is just fantastic. Note: Pin was 329 yards from the tee.
Were you always going for the green?
I made three putt bogey on eight and I was two over and I needed birdie to make the cut. That’s why I hit driver as I needed a birdie.
There’s a villa and Jaguar on offer for the weekend (on 17 and 18)?
Now, I know what to do, maybe I will try for sure on those holes. I put the ball on the green one meter for eagle (on 17) during practice. It was almost the same drive. High driver, a little cut.
I did a good job for 36 holes. I deserved to play the weekend. After the three putt on eight, I was very angry. I thought I could hit a good driver or make eagle or birdie.
Did Critina (wife and caddie) help decide on the club selection on nine?
Not on nine as I made three putt and I was disappointed. I didn’t look at her face and I decided the club for myself. I was very right this time. Normally it’s 50-50 (laughter).
Did you see the ball go in?
We couldn’t see. But we heard some guys shouting but we couldn’t believe that. We thought the ball was very close but when we were on the fairway, we couldn’t see the ball on the green. And then one guy told me that the ball was in the hole. It was a perfect shot.
Note: Colomo’s hole in one on a par four is the first ever record on the Asian Tour, Sunshine Tour. European Tour to confirm. It is also the 19th albatross in Asian Tour history.
Note: A US$1 million villa by Villa Valriche is on offer to the first golfer who shoots an eagle at the par four 17th hole during the final round while an all-new Jaguar XE R-Sport is on offer for the first Albatross on the par five 18th hole during the weekend rounds.
Rahil Gangjee of India Rahil Gangjee of India
Rahil Gangjee (Ind) – Second Round 70 (-1), Total 137 (-5)
Started off with totally different conditions today. No wind at all and when you go from windy conditions yesterday to totally no wind, it takes some adjustment. There was some wind later, which is the kind I like to play with. Didn’t make too many putts on the front nine, I just kept at it and made a few bogeys but I knew there were some birdies out there. I just stayed patient.
A missed opportunity on the front nine?
I don’t know. I just thought conditions were nice but it was too different than yesterday. It just threw me off a bit.
Good position for the weekend?
Sure. Lots of golf to be played. Just need to keep to my strategy as this course needs that. Especially some of the long holes where you need to hit the fairways. There are a few tricky greens, number two and four, so those ones need special care.
Is this the sort of course where you can press a bit more?
You could if you’re hitting it well. It depends on the weather and I’m hitting it well enough. If too windy, you just want to get the job done and not thinking about the score or chasing anybody. You could get too caught up with that and lose your focus.
Has your aunt been out yet?
Not yet as she’s had to do some work. She’ll come out for the weekend. So it’ll be nice, probably the first time she’s come out to watch me play.
Maybank Malaysian Open 2014Jeunghun Wang (Kor) – Second Round 72 (+1), Total 137 (-5)
What was the difference?
I made a lot of stupid things and missed a lot of putts. Especially on nine, I tried to hit it to the middle of the fairway but pulled it into the hazard with a three iron. My driver was hooking a lot as well.
There was no wind this morning but I missed a lot of shots. Happy to birdie the last hole. Didn’t realise the pin was so close the hazard but I managed to hit the green in two. I just want to focus on my game and need to practice and prepare my shots better. Need to improve on my putting and driver. The pins were pretty hard today.
Masahiro Kawamura (Jpn) – Second round 69 (-2), Total 139 (-5)
My tee shots and iron play were very good. But my putting hasn’t been very good. 33 putts today and 30 yesterday. Too many putts. Greens are difficult for me to read. Need to putt better to shoot better scores. The course is very good, fairways are very good but the greens are difficult (laughter). It’s my first time in Mauritius, I’m enjoying myself and going for swims every day.
Made a long birdie on 18, from about five meters. Only putt I made. Need to go to the practice green to make it better after my lunch.