#ATQS Preview: What They Said

Tue 20 Jan 2015

#ATQS Preview: What They Said

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Hua Hin, Thailand, January 20: Read what Asian Tour hopefuls have to say ahead of the Qualifying School Final Stage presented by Sports Authority of Thailand which starts on Wednesday.
Jose Manuel LARA (Esp)
I’ve always liked playing in Asia, especially since winning the Hong Kong Open in 2007. I have had many good experiences here. I like the weather, the people and the food in Asia. The weather is pretty similar to what we get back home in Spain. I’m feeling very excited because it’s my first time playing in the Asian Tour Qualifying School. I had a good break back home but it was winter so I didn’t get to practise much. I only got here yesterday and I’m still feeling a bit of jet-lagged but I will try to stay awake! I am really happy to be here and I can’t wait to get out to the course already. I will do my best to get my Asian Tour card this week.
YE Jian-feng (Chn)
I am back here at the Qualifying School again. It’s still pretty much the same for me, nothing special. I will just try my best to play well this week. I’ve played mainly on the Asian Development Tour last season and it has helped a lot in my game. You tend to see improvements in your game when you get to play more tournaments. It helps to keep your game at a certain standard too. It has been a great experience playing on the ADT.
I have not set any targets for myself. I just want to try my best and hopefully I can make amends from missing out on the Tour card last year. I love playing on the Asian Tour. I like the atmosphere here. I have got a lot of good friends here and I always enjoy playing here.
I spent the last one month practicing and prepare myself for the Qualifying School. I can’t say it will definitely help but I will have to do my best to play well. The courses are in great condition. I think it has improved a lot from last year, especially the greens at Springfield. I guess you just need to adapt to the conditions here. The wind picks up quite a bit in the afternoon at Lakeview so it is going to be tricky this week.
I was kind of disappointed with my performance last year. I didn’t play well on the Asian Tour and I didn’t do really well on the ADT either but I treat it as a learning process for me. I think all players go through these so I just have to keep on doing what I’ve been doing. I like the game so I will continue to work hard to succeed in the game. I have never thought of giving up. I knew it was different being an amateur and a professional. I knew it was not easy. I think it’s a learning process that you need to go through before you can make a breakthrough so I will just keep heading towards that direction and hopefully my breakthrough will come soon.
I am lucky because I always get to play with a few of the experienced players from Chinese Taipei, like Lin Wen-tang. They usually give me a lot of good advices on how to tackle the golf course. They made it less stressful on the course too and I enjoy the game more whenever I play with them.
Ben LEONG (Mas)
I’ve been playing really well, especially on the local tour. My goal is definitely to make it into top-40 this week. My game’s feeling good. My body’s feeling good. Everything is good. I played two consecutive tournaments back home before coming over to the Asian Tour Qualifying School. I guess it has more or less got me prepared for this week. It’s a different ball game for Qualifying School so we will see how it goes this week. The courses are in great condition. Putting would be the key to play well this week. You got to sharpen up your short game to play well.
Daniel CHOPRA (Swe)
I’m reasonably confident. I’ve done some good work at home for the past couple of weeks after finishing in Dubai. I love playing here in Asia and it’s one of the reasons why I am here at the Qualifying School this week. There were people asking me why I am playing in the qualifying school after all these years. I said my love for the game is still there. I love playing tournaments and if the qualifying school is the only way I get to play on the Asian Tour, then I will do it. I will do it the hard way, just like how I did when I first started my career. The golf ball never knew how old you are so you can keep on trying. I absolutely love it out here. It’s a good practice week for me as well. It will prepare me well ahead of the season. Coming out to Thailand and playing all over Asia is something I always look forward to. It’s always inspirational for me.
The game’s feeling good at the moment. I’ve been practicing a lot back home. Every day, I felt like I got better and better. I am feeling confident starting this week. I’ve been struggling for the past couple of years with confidence and it has been awhile since I felt like I was able to build upon the steps I have had before. I always feel like I’ve taken one step forward and took two steps back. These past two weeks have been good. I feel like I’m making steady progress so I am quite relaxed at the moment.
I arrived here three days ago. I didn’t really want to do anything different for the Qualifying School from how I would usually prepare for a tournament. We’ve got two courses to play this week and you have to at least come in a day earlier. I got here another day earlier just to get used to the time change and all. The courses are nice here. It’s always nice in Asia. The greens at Springfield are fantastic. Both courses present different challenges. It didn’t really suit any one type of players so it’s going to be a good test for everybody this week.
Having a good short game would be the key to score this week. There would be a lot of birdie opportunities if you can get your putter going. You have to hit it straight off the tee at Springfield. It would be tacky if you hit it off. There are a lot of water hazards.
I don’t really set targets for myself. I usually just go out and do the best that I can do.