BANK BRI IO What They Said

Tue 02 Dec 2014

BANK BRI IO What They Said

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David Lipsky (Usa)
I played quite well here last year and I have some good memories. It is a great course and I’m looking forward to the week. I definitely like the course. There are a lot of hazards out there so you need to keep the ball in play.
I played a lot of golf in the last couple of months. I’m looking to finish strong in this last stretch before I take a break.
I want to stick to the process. I’m trying to get better each week and I’m not trying to go through many emotional highs and lows. Mentally I was a bit tired but I took a week off last week and I’m feeling fine now. Getting away from the golf course is nice.
My game is in good shape and I played well in the last couple of weeks. I took a few days off from golf but I still hit some shots and practised on my short game.
David Lipsky of USA David Lipsky of USA
I won this year and I’ve enjoyed some good results so I’ve exceeded my expectations this year but I still want to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit. You can’t get too content and satisfied despite the results. You always have to keep trying and pushing yourself.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
The course was playing easy on Tuesday but today it was a different animal. The wind was strong but I had good pro-am partners and that helps. The wind will definitely play a huge factor this year.
It is a bombers course because you can get away if you don’t find the fairway. But like every week, it will all come down to putting.
I’ve secured my Tour card but I want to build my ranking on the Order of Merit. I want to try and finish inside the top-30 on the Order of Merit.
I took a week off last week and that was a good move. My game is pure now. I changed my  grip on my putter. It feels different when you have a new grip. Sometimes making a change will help you mentally.
Mithun Perera (Slk)
A good score here will really depend on how windy it gets. You have to be a good ball striker and believe in your game here. There are a lot of holes where you have to play into the wind.
My tee shots are good and I’m always finding fairways. Overall my game is good. I just have to try and hit my ball closer to the hole.
I believe that everyone has a chance to win. It doesn’t matter if it is a long or short hitter. If you strike the ball well then you can do well. You just need one good week. Long hitters have an advantage but they still need to hole the putts.
Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka
I didn’t hit any bad shots last week but I was very unlucky. I had a few bad bounces and that’s why I missed the cut. I still believe in my game and I only want to fly the Sri Lankan flag high.
My game is in good shape and when my game comes together then nobody can stop me.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha)
It is good to be back here. The course looks good and I feel good to be here. I was tied for the lead after the third round and on the last day, it was the first time I was in the last group on the Asian Tour.
That experience really helped me a lot. If I have a chance to be in contention again, then I will definitely do better than last time.
The course is not so long but you need to put it in play. It is a lot windier compared than last year. Hua Hin is windy but I played in the pro-am today and it is really windy! My coach is here with me Philippe De Busschere, who is based in Indonesia.
It will be good to have him around this week. I haven’t seen him for such a long time.
Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind)
I was practising back home and injured my left wrist in September. It was a frustrating time sitting at home and doing nothing. I’m glad to be back and my wrist is okay. It was a ligament tear. Luckily it wasn’t that bad.
My hand was in a cast for 21 days but once it was opened, I was ready to play. I did a lot of physiotherapy and acupressure therapy to recover. Now I can hit my driver and three wood without any restrictions.
The feeling is quite different because I’m one of those guys who love to play in a lot of tournaments. I think the last two years I’ve played close to 30 or 35 tournaments a year.
It is a strange feeling sitting at home and watching live Asian Tour tournaments. Now I’m feeling excited and confident that I can do well this
Gaganjeet Bhullar of India Gaganjeet Bhullar of India
week.
Indonesia is close to my heart. I had a lot of good finishes here. My first international victory was in Indonesia and I won the Indonesia Open last year. It is quite a challenging time for me and I’m looking forward to play some good golf.
There are so many new golf courses in India and the government is putting in more money and effort into developing the game. You can definitely see the results now on the Asian Tour and European Tour. It is a great opportunity for Indian golfers to come out on the Asian Tour. I’m proud to see that every year we have more Indian golfers winning on the Asian Tour. It really shows that we are really working hard.
George Gandranata (Ina)
It will be an honor to play with the star players this week. When Padraig Harrington won the 2008 US PGA Championship, I was still in college and I was watching it on television rooting for him!
I will take this as a great opportunity to gain more experience and take my game to the next level. Hopefully one day I can be a good role model to the younger generation of Indonesian golfers.
The game of golf in Indonesia is growing and a lot of kids are playing golf at a higher level. Hopefully I can show and be a good example to them this week. I will attack the course according to my plan and skills.
Padraig Harrington (Irl)
It is my first time in Indonesia. I’ve been coming to Asia since 1997. I’ve always enjoyed it in Asia. I get on quite well in the East. I don’t have a problem with the hot weather. I like playing here and enjoy the different cultures and food.
One of the most interesting things coming over to the Asian Tour is how it has developed since 1997. I look forward to seeing more young players this week. When I first came out to Asia, the really good players tend to come from a caddy background with unique golf swings.
The young Asian players that I see now are coached and they have beautiful golf swings and strike the ball really well. I think if you merge a really good ball striker and someone with a strong and good character, you will have a world champion who will win many Major tournaments.
Golf is a great sport that you can travel the world where you compete and see different cultures. I think I have the experience now of playing on
Scott Hend of Australia Scott Hend of Australia
different conditions. I’m looking forward to getting out there. It is cooler than expected!
The key for me is to get my head in the right place this week. My putting has come around so I have to play more golf now to give myself an opportunity. I’ll be more focussed on my mental game more than anything else this week
Scott Hend (Aus)
I was fortunate to win my first Asian Tour tournament on this golf course. I have fond memories on this golf course and I enjoy coming to Indonesia. I have to get over my back injury which I sustained last week. There’s a lot of stiff competition this week and obviously Gaganjeet has some fond memories on this golf course as well. Let’s see what happens.