CIMB Classic: Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 24 Oct 2013

CIMB Classic: Rd 1 What They Said

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Ryan Moore (USA) – First Round 63 (-9)
CHRIS REIMER:  All right.  Our clubhouse leader, Ryan Moore, at the CIMB Classic.  An incredible round, 63.  Just talk about what you had going right out there.
RYAN MOORE:  You know, first and foremost on this golf course, you gotta put it in the fairway.  The fairways are very small, and I started out doing that really well.  I hit it in the fairway, and with ball in hand and the ability to clean the ball and give yourself a perfect lie every time, that's a huge advantage.
So I was able to hit some good iron shots and started rolling in some putts kind of late in my first nine and just kind of kept it rolling the whole day.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN:  Birdied every par 3.  That's gotta feel good.
RYAN MOORE:  That might be the first time I've ever done that.  I had 4 twos on my card.  Especially these, I mean, because No. 11 was playing about 230 or 235, and yeah, I was hitting a 5 wood in there, hit a great shot to about eight feet.  I mean you don't expect that all the time, but it was nice.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN:  This will be your third trip out of four events here to Malaysia.  Just talk about what you like about being here in Kuala Lumpur.
RYAN MOORE:  Yeah.  I've enjoyed it every time.  I've had great experiences.  I think it's a great city, fun to go explore.  Obviously it's a little bit warm, but I like it warm rather than cold.
So I enjoy traveling this way and coming out to this part of the world and playing golf.  It's just fun.
Q.  You had some momentum coming off of last week's play.  Good stretch of the season with last week as well, and if you could talk about the adjustments you had to make with the new season starting so early this year as opposed to other years.
RYAN MOORE:  Well, I mean for me it wasn't a huge adjustment.  It was really just a huge bonus that it starts now when it did.  I mean those are events like Vegas, that's home for me.  And then this event, which I've really enjoyed the last couple years, they're events I would play anyway.  So just the fact that they count, I mean, that's huge.
So it was a really nice start to come out, have a Top 10, and I'd had four weeks off, I think, going into that.  And you know, to get some good positive momentum, play some decent golf.  I didn't play amazing, but had a good solid week.  So to roll that into this week, I think it definitely helped, you know, just to get a little positive momentum.
Q.  How important was your practice round before today's game?  How did that influence your choice of clubs and so forth today?  And second question relating to last year you were playing at the Mines do you find the two courses compatible or do you have a preference over another?
RYAN MOORE:  As far as the practice rounds, I mean obviously it's huge.  I didn't get a chance to come out here Tuesday afternoon.  I didn't get in till around 1, I think I was to the hotel by maybe 2, 2:30 or something Tuesday.  So I really didn't get a chance to come out here.
And we were very fortunate we didn't get rained out or didn't get a thunderstorm yesterday afternoon at all and were able to get in the whole golf course because it is the type of golf course you really need to see once at least to just get your bearings, and there's a lot of bunkering.  They're all put right in the perfect spot it seems like, too.  They really, really make you think about it.
Obviously it helped, you know, I hit a couple of clubs yesterday off tees and I definitely made an adjustment today and maybe hit a little less club or maybe hit a little more club based on the bunkering and the space in between them and stuff like that.
So it was huge, I mean, just to get comfortable with tee shots. There's a lot of uphill and severely downhill tee shots, and you know, very downhill tee shots are uncomfortable if you don't know what's out there.  If you get the ball going a little bit off line, you can get in some serious trouble.  So to get comfortable on some of those tee shots was huge for today.
And as far as compatibility with the two courses, they're very different golf courses.  Condition wise, I'd say fairly comparable.  You know, the course was always in pretty good shape at The Mines and greens rolled all right.  I would personally say it was a more difficult golf course, just because it's, you know, very narrow off the tee, and then pretty severe rough.
I mean it's really long and thick in places.  And you know, you're hard pressed to get a 7 iron out of it and get it up around the green.  Obviously you can get fortunate and have your ball sitting up a little bit.
And I'd say on the greens, too, it's maybe a little bit more severe.  So overall I'd say this is just a little bit more difficult.
Q.  The 63 probably helped, though; right?
RYAN MOORE:  I think I'm liking it so far.
Q.  Just talk about starting out a tournament with a score this low, is that hard to follow up?  Do you wish you could get right back out there or is just tomorrow a new day?
RYAN MOORE:  Yeah.  Tomorrow is a new day.  Obviously it's a great score.  It's a great way to start a week.  Really the last time I had a good round like this to start, I won the tournament.  That was in Vegas last year.  I shot 61, I think, to start my week.
So you know, it's always great to get off to a good start and get comfortable on a golf course, especially one that you haven't played before, and to go hit it in the right places, put it in the fairway, putting it on the greens, and for me it was huge just to make some putts.
You know, I just haven't made a lot of putts these last few weeks.  I wasn't hitting the ball good my last few tournaments and just haven't converted a lot.  And I made a couple of bonus putts that I made maybe a 55, 60 footer on must have been maybe 14, a little short par 4 coming down there, and then made about a 30 footer on the next hole.  So those are some putts I haven't made a lot of those in a while so to see those go in is just some great positive momentum.
Sergio Garcia (Esp), First Round 66 (-6)
Q.  Sergio, you're golfing royalty, but I understand at the Pro Am you played with the queen.
SERGIO GARCIA:  Yeah, it was great.  Great experience.  She played quite nicely, and you know, we had a great time.
I didn't know what to expect, you know, when it comes down to royalty and stuff like that, but she was very, very relax, very chill.  Had a great time.  She was quite funny, making jokes and things like that.  So it was a good experience.
Q.  So she inspired you to a really fast start today.
SERGIO GARCIA:  I guess she did.  She kept saying those things yesterday.  You know, when I hit a shot, she said, "oh, tomorrow you'll hit it over there.  Don't worry."  So I guess she knew something that I didn't know.
Q.  Well, you know, we always think of you as someone who drives the ball a long way and straight and that's what you need around this golf course.  So it obviously suits you.
SERGIO GARCIA:  Yeah.  I think it's the kind of golf course.  It's quite narrow.  Not the longest, but you have to drive the ball well.  I think I managed to do that fairly well for the most part today.  My irons were quite good.
Sergio Garcia of Spain Sergio Garcia of Spain
I would have loved to make a couple more putts, but I hit some good putts that unfortunately didn't go in.  But the greens are not very ease to read.
Q.  Right.  But now you got a lot of confidence for the next three rounds.
SERGIO GARCIA:  Yeah, it's good.  When you start like this it's always nice, gives you a little extra confidence, so hopefully we'll be able to do more of the same.
Q.  Hopefully I'll be talking to you for the next three days.  Best of luck.
K.J. Choi (Kor) – First Round 68 (-4)
Q.  You must be happy with today as well?
K.J. CHOI:  Yeah.  Very good finish.  Better than what I expected.  The two bogeys, starting out two bogeys was pretty bad, but right after that I with a sand wedge hit 107 yards and one foot.  That kind of started the momentum.
Q.  This seems to be a golf course you like.  The last time you came here you finished second.  What is it about the course which you're comfortable with?
K.J. CHOI:  This course, you know, you can only hit it in certain places, and you have to be focused, you know.
And my game within 110 yards, you know, is pretty good, my shot.  So a lot of the par 4s, you know, I leave myself within that yardage.  And I feel very comfortable hitting that distance.
Q.  Being from Asia are you happy to see the first official PGA TOUR event here in Asia and what does it mean for the Asian Tour players?
K.J. CHOI:  You know, I think it definitely opens up door ways for a lot of the Asian tour players.  It gives them an opportunity to check and see how the fellow competitors on the PGA TOUR are playing.  And it only raises the level of play for the Asian tour players.
You know, golf is a business, so by learning what your peers who are one of the top players in the world are doing, you're able to apply that to your own game.  And having a PGA TOUR event in Malaysia, I think Malaysia should be proud of that fact, and it's just going to grow the game a lot more in Asia.
Shiv Kapur (Ind) – First Round 69 (-3)
Q.  That must be encouraging to come back like that?
SHIV KAPUR:  Yeah, no, it was good.  Obviously four over after five holes, and I just at that point I said to my caddie, I said, look, I haven't really hit too many bad shots.  I had a bad lie in the rough on 14 and I should have probably played away from the water and made double there.  And after that I said, look, you're swinging well, hitting good shots.  Just try and get back to as close to par as you can, and once I did that, I just kept going and going and made seven birdies in my last 13 holes or in fact seven birdies in a stretch of nine holes.
So played good, played solid after that.  Obviously a little bump to start but I think it's even more satisfying to come through after a bad start and shoot 69.
Q.  The course seems to be quite inceptive.
SHIV KAPUR:  Oh, I don't know about that.  I think the course is playing a lot different than what it does in the Malaysian Open.  The greens are much firmer.  There's a big premium on hitting fairways.  I think if you hit fairways then you've got a lot of birdie opportunities, but if you're slightly out of position it's tough to hold the greens and make putts.  Obviously it's like the tale of two halves, the back nine is obviously playing a lot harder, not just because I played badly on it, but I think the front nine there's definitely more scoring opportunities.  The two par 5s are pretty short and that's where you're going to make your score.
Q.  After a start like that, I mean with the experience that you've had it's just one of those days that you just keep grinding away?
SHIV KAPUR:  Yeah.  I think that's really what it is.  In the past obviously    not to say that negative thoughts don't enter your mind.  You obviously think, (expletive), 4 over after five and things like that happen.  But you just gotta take it in your stride and just keep plugging along and keep giving yourself birdie putts, and I managed to hit a few close and bring it back.
Q.  And the putter was behaving itself as well?
Shiv Kapur of India Shiv Kapur of India
SHIV KAPUR:  It did for the second half of the day, but for the first half it wasn't behaving itself.  I had a three putt in the round.  Nothing was behaving the first five holes, but everything seemed to click the last 13.
Q.  This sort of sets you off for the week?
SHIV KAPUR:  Yeah, I mean it's a start.  Being a couple over kind of takes you out of the tournament, but when you're 3 under, with a good round tomorrow you're still right in it, so I think I'd like to say the old cliche, you can lose a tournament in the first day, but you can't win it.  At least I haven't lost it on the first day.
Phil Mickelson (Usa) – First Round 71 (-1)
Q.  I'm here with Phil Mickelson, and Phil, first thing you said when you came up to me, you said you're swinging awful right now.
PHIL MICKELSON:  Yeah.  I can't remember swinging this bad in a long time, and as I shoot video of my swing I'm doing everything wrong of.  The path of the club is too inside, then it's vertical, the head's moving, my legs are loose.  Divots are steep.  It's terrible.  This is the worst I've hit and I can't find the middle of the club face.
And I'm not sure if the ball is going to go dead left or snap hook right and it's a frustrating time tee to green.  But I'm putting okay.
Q.  Well, your wedges are always good anyway.  I noticed on that last tee that you were doing lots of rehearsals while the other players were actually hitting, and it looked like you were practicing and you were getting underneath it and you then tried to stop that move.  It's difficult doing things like that and then you have to hit the shot within seconds.
PHIL MICKELSON:  Well, I'm trying something every single shot.  I'm trying something different.  And I've been doing this now since the British Open.  After I took a week off I came back and Butch and I worked at the PGA and the TOUR Championship.  And we just haven't been able to get it figured out, and it's just a little bit    it's way off right now.  It's as far off as it's ever been.
Q.  Well, thanks very much for speaking to us anyway.
PHIL MICKELSON:  Yeah, I'm nuts.  I'm swinging awful.  I'm swinging terribly at the ball.  And even though I hit some good shots, the divots aren't right and the path of the club isn't right.  This is as bad as I've swung at the ball.
Q.  What was the worst moment out there?  Was it the drive off the tee on No. 2 that went off into the
PHIL MICKELSON:  That was until I hit a 4 iron off the tee on No. 9 into the biggest fairway on the golf course and I snap hook it into the water and make double again.  So that was probably    that took it over right in the last minute that took over the bad swing on 2.
Q.  Well, you gotta feel good you're still up there close enough to
PHIL MICKELSON:  You know, the lead for me right now is irrelevant.  It's so far off that that's the last thing on my mind, because I just don't know where the ball's going.
Q.  So are you going to go right back out to the range today?
PHIL MICKELSON:  I would go hit balls, but I don't know what to do to try to fix it.  I don't even know what to try to do.  So no.
Q.  You know what it feels like to be me.
PHIL MICKELSON:  There you go.  The weather is nice.  I mean it's been very comfortable.  Obviously very warm, and I think the warmth helps the players play better.
Rashid Ismail (Mas) – First round 73 (+1)
Q. Talk about your round?
I played good. I didn’t have much problems except for a few missed putts from six feet.
Q. What happened on number 9?
I lost focus there. I didn’t have the correct yardage there. So I forced my second shot and it went into the rough. I got frustrated because I was trying too hard to get par and ended up with a par.
Q. You seemed to play better on the second nine?
I was hitting the ball very good so I just continued on the second nine. I told myself to stay positive and trust myself.
Q. Anything you want to improve tomorrow?
I want to find more fairways. That’s the key here. I hope I make a lot of putts as well.
Q. How was the injury?
I felt a bit of pain on the ninth and 15th holes but I quickly rubbed some ointment and it got better.