CGC-Preview What They Said

Tue 11 Nov 2014

CGC-Preview What They Said

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Chiangmai, Thailand, November 11: Read what players have to say ahead of this week's US$750,000 Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT.
Mithun PERERA (SLK)
I had a good finish in India last week and it gave me a lot of confidence coming to this week. I’m currently ranked 44th on the Order of Merit and I just have to continue to play good golf to ensure that I keep my card for next year. It has been a good experience last week and I’m looking forward to this week. I spoke to my dad after every round last week and he gave me a lot of good advices. He was very happy with how I finished last week too. He thinks my win will come soon if I continue to play well. I will just try to play my best this week. I will have to hit more greens and fairways and I should do fine.
This golf course is more suited for long-hitters and it will be a test for short-hitters like me. You have to try and hit more fairways, greens and hole as many putts as possible. Anything can happen out there. This is golf, you never know. I had a lot of expectations for myself in India last week and it was a course which I always feel confident playing on. We have been working hard and trying to play well all the time so it was really great to finish so high up last week. I wasn’t disappointed even though I missed out on my first win. My game is in good shape so I am sure the win will come soon. I play good golf and I always believe in myself. I guess I just need a bit more luck sometimes. My time will come soon if I keep up with what I’ve been doing so far. That is what I have been telling myself.
Steve LEWTON (ENG)
It has been brilliant since winning in Chinese Taipei two months ago but nothing has change, I am still trying to play the best I can every week. That win in Chinese Taipei really boosted my confidence going into every event now. I am looking forward to the run towards the end of the season. We’ve got really good courses to play on this week and the upcoming weeks. We will see how my body can take. I got injured in Macau a couple of weeks ago. I hurt my neck after the first round but it’s getting better now. I haven’t really played well since winning. I missed by one in Hong Kong Open. I was close to playing well at the CIMB Classic where I was hitting it good from tee to green but wasn’t able to hole putts. Hopefully I can regain my good form this week. I’m still hoping to finish in top-10 on the Order of Merit at the end of the season. That was another target of mine, apart from winning an Asian Tour event which I’ve already accomplished. I still have lot of work to do but we have six events left to play. We will see how it goes.
LIN Wen-tang (TPE)
I didn’t expect it to be so hot out here but I guess as players, that’s what we have to get used to. Perhaps because it’s turning cold back home in Chinese Taipei, that’s why I am surprised by the hot weather here. The course feels different from last year. The fairways are softer and the rough is longer this time round. I was just telling my brother, Lin Wen-hong, that tee shots will be the key to playing well this week. You need to think a lot when tackling this golf course. It’s a challenging one. I haven’t been putting well in the last few events but I took some time off to practise last week. Hopefully the efforts will pay off. I’ve been working on my game all these while. We have six events left to play but I would probably play on four. I just want to enjoy my game out there. Playing well would be a bonus but I don’t want to think about that right now. I just want to do what I am supposed to. You always tend to play better when you don’t expect much! You won’t feel so restricted as well.
Arnond Vongvanij (Tha)
I’m actually excited to play in Chiangmai this week, after taking two weeks off. My swing hasn’t been where I want it before and I managed to get some practice during the break. It’s getting a little bit better now so I am looking forward to playing this week. I haven’t’ played the course yet but I heard the rough is long and the fairway is soft. The course could play tougher this week.
I actually played well earlier in the year where I had a tied-second finish in the Philippines. However, it hasn’t been that smooth for me since the second half of the season resumed. I had a new driver just before the second half of the season starts and that driver has some issues with the face set-up. I started to compensate for it and by the time I realized what was the problem, my swing already got used to the new driver. I have been trying to cut off the bad habit and fix my swing for the last month or so. With that two weeks break, I felt like I got the hang of what to do with it now. I’m feeling good about it.
Mental wise, it has been good. I don’t usually have any problems with my mental game, even if I never play well. I just want to be hitting the ball well and if I’m feeling ok with my game. I feel like I’m getting close to where I want my game to be now. I won’t be giving myself too much expectation this week. I just want to enjoy the process and we will see how it goes.
I will be playing in every event until the last event of the year in Dubai. Hopefully what I’ve been working on in the last two weeks pays off and show up this week or in the remaining events.