CGC Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 13 Nov 2014

CGC Rd 1 What They Said

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Chiangmai, Thailand, November 13: Read what players have to say following the opening round of the US$750,000 Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT on Thursday.
Sattaya Supupramai (Tha), First Round 66 (-6)
I’m so happy because we have a strong field this week but I just played golf. I stayed focussed on every shot and did not think about the players who are here this week. I’m playing with a lot of confidence.
Playing on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) has helped a lot with my confidence. The competition there is very strong. Everybody there is hungry to win and trying to earn a card on the Asian Tour. My mental was strong and my shots are getting better.
George Gandranata (Ina), First Round 66 (-6)
I hit it really well today. I managed to take advantage of the shorter holes out there. I knew I had to take advantage of them and I hit it really well, especially my wedges. I made a lot of putts as well which was the key to my solid round. That kept my game going.
It’s a challenging golf course. It’s wet and it’s long. The rough is really thick as well. Like on hole one, I hit it into the rough and I had to punch it out. Overall, it was a tough course. The pin positions weren’t easy as well. I’m happy with my round today.
I’m happy to be in the lead for the first time in an Asian Tour event but there is still a long way to go. I feel like I haven’t done anything yet. There are still three more rounds to go. I have to focus on every shot and see how it goes. Hopefully tomorrow will be just as good.
The season has been good. This is my best year so far, missing only one cut in eight starts on the Asian Tour. It has been a great experience playing with these guys out here. A lot of the guys I played with taught me a lot of things and I learnt a lot. I guess that’s how you improve in every tournament. We play in a lot of tournaments so you got to learn how to handle the downside as well as the upside.
My goal is to finish top-60 on the Order of Merit to secure my Asian Tour card for 2015. Hopefully a good finish this week will get me there.
Mardan Mamat (Sin), First Round 67 (-5)
I hit the ball good from the tees. Out of 14 fairways, I hit 12 and that’s the key to playing well here because the rough is up and it is not easy. When you get on the fairway, you get a good opportunity to attack the pins.
When you get into the rough, you have to chip out and hope for the best! If I can keep the ball in play then I will be okay. There are three more rounds to go and I have a lot of work to do. If I can drive the ball like what I did today then I think I can still be in the mix.
It was a strange day for me because I hit the ball so good and everything came together at the right time. Driving is important on this course because of the rough. I’m happy with my performance so I hope I can continue my form.
There are a lot of thoughts in my mind. After last week, I told myself to stop thinking about saving my Asian Tour card and just play my own game and enjoy myself. I want to concentrate and do what I’m supposed to do. I don’t have any expectations this week. I just want to get better and play without any expectations.
Nicholas Fung (Mas), First Round 68 (-4)
I ended the round with a birdie to finish four-under-par 68. It was a good round for me. I hit the ball great and my putting was good. I’m very happy with how I played today. Everything was in place for me, especially my putting. I guess it’s because I used back my old putter. I was just try to have fun out there tomorrow and try to hit a good score again. That will be my plan for tomorrow.
I think it’s a challenging golf course. It is a long course and you cannot afford to miss the fairways. I’m not a long-hitter so I have to try to get my ball on as many fairways as possible.
Rashid Khan (Ind), First Round 68 (-4)
It is nice every time you see your name on the leaderboard. My name was on the leaderboard early in the round and I told myself to keep it there. The course is playing very difficult this year. I remember shooting one-under last year and missed the cut.
I didn’t find any rough so that was good. I had two chip-ins (hole 13 – 40 feet and hole 16 - 30 feet) on my first seven holes and was four-under after nine holes.
I’m playing this course like my home course. I just trying to find the fairway and hit it as straight as I can. I’m very calm on the course now because I started working with a mental coach in India for a month.
She (Aparna Jain) told me that I’m too aggressive on the golf course and that I need to be calm and play easy. She said I shouldn’t put pressure on myself. It is a four-day tournament and I should take it step-by-step.
I’ve seen a lot of players working with mental coaches and they seem to be doing well. And my problem is only in my head. I have to focus more on the course.
Jyoti Randhawa (Ind), First Round 68 (-4)
I managed to get two chip-ins on the second and fourth holes. That kind of got my momentum going in the round. This is one of the best golf courses on the Asian Tour and I really like playing here. The course is in a good shape as well.
I’m very happy with how I played and hopefully I can continue the good form tomorrow.
Lu Wei-chih (Tpe), First Round 68 (-4)
I am really happy with how I played today although I am very exhausted now. I haven’t really got back to how I was before I went on medical leave. My fitness is not really 100% there yet but I’m seeing good results so far which is pretty encouraging. The golf course is quite tough for me. It was really hot out there and the greens are quite wet as well. I used a lot of long-irons for my second shot. I am very satisfied with my game today as I hardly missed any shots. The two bogeys on the third and 11th holes were due to wrong judgements on the course.
I’m starting to play well. I have shot good rounds in Hong Kong as well which really got my confidence level up. I am still struggling with my fitness though but I just need to make sure I get enough rest and I will be fine. I must say I am pretty satisfied with how I performed so far this season.
Jason Dufner (USA), First Round (-3)
I played pretty good today. My front nine was a little slow to start but I played better on the back. It was pretty good all day. I’m glad to finish under-par. Tomorrow will be another day so hopefully I can play some good golf again.
It’s a great golf course. I guess there was a lot of rain last week or the week before but it was pretty good for me out there. The rough is pretty thick so it’s definitely premium if you can get on the fairways. You can be a little bit more aggressive when you’re on the fairways as well.
There haven’t been too much adaptations for me playing in Asia these four weeks. It’s actually quite similar to what we see in South Florida. The conditions are pretty similar and the golf courses were also in great shapes.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha), First Round 69 (-3)
A 69 on the first day is a good attempt. I hit my irons very well and made a lot of putts. I struggled with my driver a bit and hit only four or five fairways. I have to work on the driver later.
I’m quite surprised with my score because I’m not finding many fairways. It is tough to make a lot of chance when you are in the rough but I had six birdies today and that was a big surprise.
It was tough today and I had to rely on my putting on the front nine (started on 10). I made nine one putts and chipped very well around the greens. That was perfect golf. I struggled on the back nine and struggled. When you miss the fairway you need to find a way to get a par.
I had no chance on hole seven when my ball landed behind a tree. I had to take unplayable, chip out and finished with a double bogey. I got a lot of confidence with my iron shot and I’m putting very well. If I can find nine or 10 fairways then I can go low.
I’m not playing with any pressure but I’m feeling more confident with my family, friends and fans cheering me on. I think that gives me a lot of power to play.
Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), First Round 77 (+5)
I didn’t get off to the best of starts today. I bogeyed the third and things got a bit out of control. I had a lost ball on the next hole. I kept getting bogeys and doubles after that and it seems to get carried over till I made the turn. That surprised me but I think it’s possible that this golf course can do that to you. I felt very good about the course after playing the pro-am yesterday. I hit very poor iron-shots and I am missing the putts. I am confused right now because I played well in the pro-am. I can see a possible low score on this course, maybe six or seven under but I’m not sure where the game is at the moment. I will definitely give my best tomorrow.