Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open - Preview What They Said

Wed 25 Sep 2013

Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open - Preview What They Said

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
I’m very proud and happy with the way I’m playing. I’ve been looking forward to returning and competing in Asia again.
I’ve played on a lot of tough courses in Europe but in Asia the courses are slightly shorter. I have a lot of confidence heading into this week.
I want to try and focus on my game. With the way I’m swinging I think I have a good chance. I must not force or put too much pressure on myself.
I’m about 80 to 90% recovered from my thyroid sickness. I’m taking less medication now as well. I think I should be healed by end of this year. It has been quite a packed schedule for me but I don’t feel tired.
I’m very happy with my results but my goal is to be ranked inside the top-50 on the Official World Golf Rankings by the end of the year.
Masanori Kobayashi (Jpn)
My game isn’t good at the moment. I haven’t been playing well this year yet. My putting hasn’t been where I want it to be. Even my irons have let me down and I can’t recover from bad shots. I’ve changed at least five putters so far this season! I’ll be using another new putter so hopefully it will help me.
To be honest, I don’t feel excited about my title defence because I’m not playing my best golf. I enjoyed a good season on the Asian Tour last year and the experience has certainly helped me in my career.
At the start of the year, I wanted to win on the Asian Tour and in Japan but with my current form, I just hope to make the cut!
The conditions on the golf course is very good and I think it will be a very challenging week for the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour stars.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
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I’m still recovering from my knee injury so I’m not a 100% but my knee has improved. We had a week’s break so I did a lot of treatment on my knee and worked on my swing. I got an MRI done and I have partial tears in my knee. I’ve got to be very careful with the kind of work that I do. It doesn’t affect my swing that much.
There are no injury worries while I’m playing. I just have to be more careful and not put too much pressure or strain on it.
The sound of Panasonic Open makes me positive and puts me in a good mood. The Panasonic Open India was the first event that I won and coming back to Japan is always a lot of fun. I love playing on the courses in Japan and this is another good golf course with great weather.
This is a good track and you have to keep your ball on the fairway. I like tight courses. The greens are good and if you putt well, you will be rewarded.
Scott Barr (Aus)
My game is getting there. I’m putting well and you always feel that you have improved in certain parts of your game. My game is not too bad. It is quite steady.
It was a very eventful off-season for me. My wife and I had our second child and I opened up a shop selling barbeque equipment. It was a very busy period for me.
I wasn’t overly happy with how I played early in the season. I want to get into the mix more often so I can get into contention on Sunday. I was in the mix in Jakarta but I just didn’t putt well enough on Saturday and lost my temper.
I’m looking forward to hitting some shots and making it count. I need to put myself into the mix more often.
This is a proper golf course. The course does suit my eye a little bit. There are a few shots that you can see and you will know what to do. You can attack it off the tees. It is a good golf course. They have reshaped the golf course since 2008.
My memory of the course is quite vague since I last played here but I think this is definitely one of the better tracks that we play on the Asian Tour.