#BBO-Preview What They Said

Mon 08 Feb 2016

#BBO-Preview What They Said

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Dhaka, February 8: Read what players have to say ahead of this week’s Bashundhara Bangladesh Open which starts on Wednesday.
Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand
Phachara Khongwatmai (Tha)
I am struggling with my putting at the moment but other than that, the game feels alright. I missed the halfway cut in Myanmar last week because I wasn’t able to hole my putts. Coming over to Bangladesh, I don’t want to think too much about that. I just want to make sure I am well-rested before the tournament starts proper. Having played the practice round today, I kind of like the greens here and I think I can get my putter hot again this week.
I am hitting my driver good. This is a narrow golf course. Tee shots are crucial. The greens are very wide on this course so it’s not easy. This is my second year on the Asian Tour and my second time playing here. I feel more confident now, compared to last year. I guess the experiences help. My aim is to win on the Asian Tour but I know it takes a lot. You not only need to be a good player but you also need a bit of luck as well. Right now, I just want to focus on keeping my card for next year first.
It doesn’t matter if I am the youngest player in the field. I am not afraid of playing against the best players on Tour. There are a lot of good players and I learn a lot from them every week. I just need to gain more experiences and play my own game. I hope to become like Thongchai Jaidee one day. I know him but I think he doesn’t know me now (laughs).
I am thankful for players like Pariya (Junhasavasdikul) and Panuphol (Pittayarat) who would always give me advices on how to improve my game. Pariya would take videos of my swing and tell me what went wrong. I really appreciate that.
Playing on the Asian Development Tour helped a lot. It prepares me well for the Asian Tour. The courses on the Asian Tour are more challenging I feel but it’s equally competitive. I think I gave myself too much pressure playing in my first year on the Asian Tour last year. This year, I don’t feel as stressed as I was before. I think that’s a good sign. I will just have to keep enjoying the game.
Obviously the highlight for me this year is going to The Open in July. I am really excited. I want to keep my fitness at a certain level before heading there and keep practicing to keep my game at a certain standard. Hopefully I can secure some good results leading up to The Open. That would give me a lot of confidence. I will do my best this week.
Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe
Scott Vincent (Zim)
This is my first time in Bangladesh and it’s been an eye-opening experience. I played a couple of events on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) after securing my Asian Tour card at the Qualifying School last month. This is very first Asian Tour event for 2016 and I am very excited to see how the week will pan out.
This is my first year playing in Asia as well. I turned professional last June. Right now, I am shifting between my home back in Zimbabwe and my other apartment in Florida. I heard a lot of the Asian Tour back home and I thought I would give it a shot at the Qualifying School. It’s been really good here in Asia. Players are really friendly and things are cheaper here!
There are a lot more to go and a lot more to achieve. I just hope to keep going and keep growing as a player. I don’t want to have too many expectations this year. I have never been to Asia until last month. There is a lot to learn and a lot to look forward to.
Chikkarangappa S. (Ind)
Chikkarangappa S. of India Chikkarangappa S. of India
The game’s feeling good. This is my first event for the season after regaining my Tour card from the Qualifying School last month. I am very excited. I am riding on the good form since the Qualifying School so hopefully I can see some good results this week. I went back home to see my coach after securing my card and we work on a couple of things for this season.
I am very familiar with this golf course. I played the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open last year and before that I played a few events on my local circuit here as well. I think I finished top-25 last year which wasn’t too bad. It’s more of a traditional golf course. It is very narrow. I like the layout and it really suits my eyes. I am really looking forward to the week ahead.
Tee shots would be really important to play well on this hole and if you can hole the putts, you should be able to do well. This is my first event for the year. I am just going to enjoy myself out there. That’s all I am going to do, no targets, no nothing. I just want to play my own game.
Khalin Joshi (Ind)
I had a great experience last year and I learnt a lot that week. Finishing tied-second last year gave me a lot of positive views about my game and made me feel that I am capable of winning on the Asian Tour.
I am looking forward to this week as I have had a fair amount of success and love playing at the Kurmitola Golf Club. The game is feeling good. I am just fine tuning a few things before the season get started this week.
I have always love the track here. It suits my eyes and it’s a fair test of all aspects of the game. It's not a very long course so the key is to keep the ball in play and try and hit as many fairways as possible. Putting has to be spot on too!
2015 was a great learning year for me and I got to play most of the events. I was obviously disappointed for not keeping my card but I took a lot of positives from last season and hopefully, I can capitalise on them this year!
The main goal is to secure my card as soon as possible and then a breakthrough win. I feel that I am very capable of these and really looking forward to the year ahead.
Siddikur Rahman (Ban)
This is the second time that an Asian Tour event is taking place on my home soil. It's always a great excitement and always a pleasure.
I don’t really want to remember about last year but yes, it’s a good experience and I hope to better my results this week. This is a golf course where I have achieved the most and it holds a lot of good memories for me.
I just want to enjoy my game, my home crowd as well as the course. That is the key for me this week. Home crowd is always a pressure because everybody expects to see the best but I feel more inspired than pressure.
This week is going to be much better than last year because the weather now is just perfect. It is winter here in Bangladesh and there is very less chance of rain. The course will be in a desired shape for play I believe.
The course is short and looks really easy to play but any hole can be tough at any time. Accuracy will be the key to success this week.
Mithun Perera (Slk)
This is one of my favourite golf courses. It suits my game a lot and I am happy to be back here again. I am looking forward to this week. I’ve been travelling to Bangladesh a lot for the past 10 years and I can say February is probably the best time to visit the country because the weather is cooler. I believe the playing conditions will be great when the tournament gets underway this week.