#BBO Rd 2 What They Said

Thu 02 Feb 2017

#BBO Rd 2 What They Said

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Dhaka, February 2: Read what players have to say following the second round of the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open on Thursday.
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand
Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) – Second Round 67 (-4), Total 131 (-11)
It was an up and down round for me today. I made three bogeys but I had a lot of birdies as well. It was a mixed round. I wasn’t thinking much out there. I just told myself to enjoy my game. It was really cold this morning.
I didn’t bring a jacket with me to Bangladesh. I didn’t expect it to be this cold. I walked here from my hotel for about 20 minutes in the cold. I didn’t have much time to warm up and prepare. It was a bit of a rush but I still managed to par the first couple of holes. I am happy with that.
I will try and get as much rest as I can today and I should be ok for the weekend charge. I lost my card last season and didn’t make the mark at the Qualifying School. It’s alright. I tell myself to do my best and play well in every event I play in. I had a full status on Tour last year but didn’t play well anyway.
It didn’t really make much difference to me anyway. After playing my last tournament of 2016 at the Asian Development Tour’s Boonchu Ruangkit Championship in December, I went to become a monk for two weeks. Right after that, I went to Q-school. I didn’t get to practice at all during that period.
It was a good experience. I prayed and chanted every day in the temple. I felt really peaceful, even till now. I seem to take things a lot easier now. Golf used to be everything for me but now I’m just happy that I get to play in tournaments.
It’s still important for me but I am happier now when I just focus on enjoying the game rather than the results. It’s not a must for all Thai boys to become a monk actually. I did it for my parents and my late King. It is believed to do good to my parents if I go through the process.
It’s a normal practice for boys who turned 21 years of age. I turned 21 last November so I decided to do it after my season ended last year.
Shubhankar Sharma of India Shubhankar Sharma of India
Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) – Second Round 68 (-3), Total 132 (-10)
The round wasn’t as smooth as it was yesterday but it was still a good round. I hit the ball decent although I would like it to be better. My ball striking today was not too bad. I made less birdies and two bogeys which I shouldn’t have made. It could have been easy pars.
Other than that, I played pretty well and hung in there. We played in the morning so the course was playing a little longer. I started well today. I made a chip-in birdie on 10 which was my first hole today. It was just off the green from about 25 feet.
I made a 30 footer on 12 for birdie as well. On the 14, my ball was plugged in the bunker but I hit it out to just one foot from the pin. It was a good birdie there as well.
My target was to shoot -10 for the first two rounds and I managed to do it. I am looking forward to the next two rounds. I was still in a good position. I am playing really well. I hope I can continue my good form and do the same things I have done in the last two rounds. I should have a good chance.
Rattanon Wannasrichan of Thailand Rattanon Wannasrichan of Thailand
Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) – Second Round 68 (-3), Total 134 (-8)
I had chip-in for eagle from about 20 yards beside the green on seventh. That was the highlight for me today. There were a lot of up and downs in my round today. It was a lot drier this afternoon.
It was disappointing to three putt 17 for bogey on the way back but I am still happy to be in a good position for the weekend. I would like to come back and fix the fault tomorrow and see what happens.
Rattanon WANNASRICHAN (THA) – Second Round 64 (-7), Total 134 (-8)
I hit a lot of fairways and greens and gave myself a lot of opportunities to putt for birdies. It was a bogey-free round for me. I am very happy. I made a long putt on hole 12 from about 20 feet. That’s the highlight for me.
I played solid today. I played my three-wood really good. I started with three straight birdies and it gave me a lot of confidence. I was just riding on the good momentum out there. I will keep to the same game plan tomorrow, try to hit as many fairways and greens as I can.
I missed the halfway cut last year but I finished tied-11th two years ago. I am happy with my current position. I am looking forward to a weekend charge and hopefully secure my first win on the Asian Tour come Saturday.
Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh
Siddikur RAHMAN (BAN) – Second Round 66 (-5), Total 137 (-5)
I hit the ball good and made a few putts today. My ball striking was a little off yesterday. I putted really well today and that was the key today. I am really happy.
On the third hole, I hit a really bad drive to the right rough but from there, I hit a five wood onto the green and made a 50-feet putt for birdie.
I am very happy with the local support this week. I am really thankful for their support. It gave me a lot of motivation and inspiration to play well. I felt like I had a lot of energy to do well. I really appreciate that. It’s awesome.
This is my best position so far after two rounds in this tournament. I will try to follow what I did today for the next two rounds. Nothing changes and nothing aggressive.
It’s always an advantage playing on your home course. But I’m treating it like any other Asian Tour event. It has been one of my best experiences so far playing in this tournament. I am really enjoying myself this week.
The past two years I was feeling the pressure from the home support. But this year, I’m taking it really well and I’m totally enjoying myself out there.
Dodge Kemmer of the USA Dodge Kemmer of the USA
Dodge KEMMER (USA) – Second Round 64 (-7), Total 137 (-5)
I got a lot of good bounces instead of bad ones today. I really did get lucky quite a bit. I hit it well and the fairways I missed I got lucky with my shots and managed to make birdies from there. I made a few good putts in my last three holes which was great.
I hit it really solid and managed to get out of trouble. Conditions were about the same out there. Some of the greens and softer while some are harder. Pins were tough today I thought. Par-fives were quite accessible I thought. I managed to birdie two of the par-fives.
On the 15th hole, I hit it way left into the trees and hooked a nine-iron out to right in front of the green and chip it in for birdie. I thought I hit it into the water off the tee so it was a really good birdie there for me.
This is my second time here in Bangladesh. It’s really different from what I am used to but it has been interesting to learn about their cultures here. I love the food and the people are really friendly.
I hope I can get as lucky as I did today in the next two rounds. I will try to stay out of the trees and find as many fairways as I can and hopefully hole my putts as well.