Ballantine's Championship rd 2: What they said

Fri 26 Apr 2013

Ballantine's Championship rd 2: What they said

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Wade Ormsby (Aus)
Second round, Five-under-par 67, Total (137)
My game is in pretty good shape.  Obviously won a couple of weeks ago, took two weeks off so, yeah, trying to keep the form going. Coming into the week, my rhythm was a little bit out, so I was just trying to work my way into the tournament.  Yesterday, I started off one-over early.  But I played pretty solid, so I'm quite happy with the way yesterday went. And then today, I felt good straight out of the blocks.  I had a good back-nine and then holed a couple of putts coming in.  So overall, nice putting, kept it in play, so it was good. The Ballantine’s Championship’s a big event but it’s still the same process, it's still playing golf.  I'll just keep doing what I'm doing and see where I finish up. No player likes the stops and starts, because it's difficult to get the pace of the green, get your rhythm.  However, we don't probably have long enough to go to the range for 30 minutes and start up again.      So on that last restart, I went back out and was struggling with the pace of the green.  I might have to take a couple extra looks at the putt just to reassure yourself that you've got the right pace, because I did struggle on the third, left one about six foot short from about 20 feet. But yeah, I was just going to the chipping green and just finding my rhythm there in the chipping, rather than hitting long shots, I think it transfers directly over to your long game.  Rhythm is so important, especially in the wind, to keep the ball striking going.
Arnond Vongvanij (Tha)
Second round Three-under-par 69, Total (137)
Yeah, overall, seven-under, really happy with the way I played the past 36 holes.  The conditions were not easy, and the pins were kind of tough, especially with the wind blowing.  So I'll take what I can get. Yes, there was a lot of delays on the first day. I only got to play 10 holes.  Today I went out, finished the round and then continued on and played eight holes and a thunderstorm came in out of nowhere, so I think that caught us all by surprise. After we went out again, the wind started blowing pretty heavily, so I'm glad to pick up I think one more shot coming in. I tried to stay as relaxed as possible, and during those delays, I just tried to move around, don't just sit there in one place, that helps a lot. I'm just happy with the way I played and wherever the score stands, I'll still stick to my game plan tomorrow and go from there. I try not to have one, because, you know, if you just focus on your game, then it will always work out for the best.
Jbe Kruger (Rsa)
Second round Six-under-par 66, Total (138)
I had a good day.  I didn't strike it as well as I did yesterday, but I putted a bit better. I actually struggled the first couple holes coming back.  I think I was two-over playing the last.  I made birdie there. Then lucky, my putter caught fire a little bit on the back 18 and I'm playing a little better My scoring just a little better. I don't really know why because the wind is blowing a bit harder than yesterday, but I think it's the kind of course that if you're hitting it well, you can definitely go low.  The greens are very good.  If you hit them close, if you manage to hit them close, you'll definitely make a lot of birdies. Yeah, it's scenic, but you tend to lose sight of that if you're not playing well.  But I think it's a golf course where you need to get your distances.  You can hit a couple yards left or right, but you need to hit it pin high and that's one of my strong points and that's why I like it.