CGC-Preview What They Said

Wed 12 Nov 2014

CGC-Preview What They Said

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Chiangmai, Thailand, November 12: Read what players have to say ahead of the US$750,000 Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT which gets underway on Thursday.
Scott Hend (Aus)
I was very fortunate to shoot a low number in the last round to overtake Prayad (Marksaeng). I had two weeks off in Florida and didn’t touch any golf clubs. I’m trying to work my way back into form and see how it goes. There are some great players here contending for the title so it will be a really good week.
Charl Schwartzel (Rsa)
I’m excited to be here this week and coming to a new place in Thailand. I was in Bangkok most of the times. I’m glad I have the opportunity to play in Chiangmai for the first time this week. I am feeling positive about it. The course looks very nice at a glance. My game’s been pretty decent. It has been consistent throughout the year with a few top-10s and top-20s. It’s in good shape. I first came to Asia many years ago and what I saw back then and what I see now is very different. In the past, it seems like very few people really understand the game well but now, we’ve got a lot of good players coming out of Asia. It is an awesome improvement and I think the development of golf in Asia will keep growing. I am really excited to see the progress of golf over in this region.
Jason Dufner (Usa)
It was a great experience visiting the Mee Saa Elephant Camp. That’s one of the great things coming to overseas events. I get to experience the culture and do things which I can’t in the United States. Whenever I’m abroad I try to experience different things.
I’ve been getting better with my results and game. I’m excited to be here and the conditions are close to what I played on growing up in South Florida. It is hot, humid with Bermuda grass. I’m excited with this type of golf and we have a strong field in this week’s Asian Tour event so it will be a fun week.
I’m feeling good. There were some questions if I was being too ambitions playing four weeks in a row (this will be his fourth week) after being away for almost 12 weeks. But I’m feeling good and stronger. This will be my last event before I get some time off again to get stronger and make sure I’m ready for the start of next year.
It wasn’t much fun for me on the PGA Tour last season because I missed some big events including the Ryder Cup. It was disappointing but it was nice to get away from the game, to spend some time at home and get healthy. It is really hard when you get an injury. It is really hard to perform and compete at your best level against the top players in the world.
Professional golfers have the resiliency and the ability to respond to difficult situations.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
I actually struggled a bit at the beginning of this season but there have been improvements in the last couple of months since I got back from my knee injury. I had about six to seven weeks off nursing my injury and I came back stronger. I feel more confident with my swing and my ball striking is much better than before. I had set a high target for myself this week because my family, friends and my golf fans are all here to support me. A lot of them came here with me from Bangkok. As a local player, I would like to put up a strong fight against the elite field out there. We’ve got two Major winners this week so it will be a good challenge.
It would mean a lot to me if I can win an Asian Tour event on home soil and in front of the home crowd. It’s a strong field this week. You have to play well first before trying to get the job done on Sunday. My family has been a great support so I want to show them what I can do. The rough will be challenging this week. You have to keep your ball on the fairways to score. The course is in a fantastic shape.
I lost my coach earlier this year and I had worked with him since I was 17 years old. I lost confidence in my game after he left. I know I had to move on but it takes time to get used to my new coach. I’m glad my game is improving now.
Noh Seung-yul (Kor)
It is good to be back on the Asian Tour. I’ve been away for about four years and it is good to be back to my roots and come back to where I developed my game. Hopefully I have a good week. Everything is great except for the scorching heat which I can’t control. We have some really good players here this week so that will bring out the best out of me. Hopefully I can perform as good as these guys this week.