CIMB Classic - Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 25 Oct 2013

CIMB Classic - Rd 2 What They Said

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Keegan Bradley (USA) – Second Round 66 (-6), Total 131 (-13)
CHRIS REIMER:  We're here at the CIMB Classic with Keegan Bradley.  Keegan, just go ahead and talk about the opening two rounds.
KEEGAN BRADLEY:  Yeah, these last two rounds were really fun.  Some of the best golf I've played in a long time.  So this was a really fun couple of days.  Obviously, I'm in a great spot here with two rounds to go.
Q.  This is not really a golf course question.  But safe to say you're a Boston Red Sox fan, right?  How were you able to concentrate on the game today knowing that they were playing around the same time?  Did you have updates when you were on the course?
KEEGAN BRADLEY:  Yeah, my girlfriend, Jillian, is a big Red Sox fan too and she was giving me updates as best she could.  Yeah, it's tough that we don't get to watch the World Series.  I know that they replay it later today, but it's more fun knowing what's going on.  I heard they lost 4 2.
Q.  Were you able to concentrate fully on your game today knowing that was happening?
KEEGAN BRADLEY:  Yeah, yeah, I was.  But in the back of my mind I'm wondering what's going on.  I know my mom at home was flipping back and forth watching.  It's fun to know that yesterday the Red Sox won, the Bruins won.  I shot 7 under, and I got a bunch of texts from some of the guys that play and they were all excited.
Q.  Which holes were the toughest for you today?
KEEGAN BRADLEY:  Every hole out there you can make bogey.  There is no easy hole.  If you drive the ball on the fairway though, you have to have a lot of wedges, you have a lot of par 5s you can reach in two.  So I think the most important thing this week is to hit the ball on the fairway, and I've done that for the first couple of rounds.
Q.  Do you hit many drivers?
KEEGAN BRADLEY:  Yeah, I mean there are some holes that there is a carry of 290 or a lot of guys might have to lay up, where I'm just trying to smash it over those bunkers and get it into play.  But there are a bunch of holes where I can hit driver or lay back.  But I've chosen these first two days to hit driver and be aggressive.
Q.  In Malaysia with this humidity, how are you coping with it?
KEEGAN BRADLEY:  It is very hot here, but I live in Florida in the USA, and it's humid in the summertime.  This is similar.  This is hotter, for sure, but I'm used to it.
Q.  (Indiscernible).
KEEGAN BRADLEY:  Yeah, it did.  Today, like I've been saying, I felt as in control of my golf ball today as maybe I've ever felt.  So that is a really good sign on this golf course and going into the weekend.  I'm very excited with the way I'm hitting the golf ball.  When I'm hitting the ball like this and my putter kind of matches up, normally I'm going to be right in there contending for the tournament, and that is the case here.
Q.  Have you done any kind of changes to your game in the last few weeks or so?
KEEGAN BRADLEY:  Yeah, I mean, I'm working on some new stuff.  But I work very hard in these last couple weeks, a lot of short game, a lot of chipping.  So I have been working very hard on my game making a few changes, yes.
Q.  Do you have any game plan for the next two days?
KEEGAN BRADLEY:  Yeah, I'm going to keep doing, playing the same, being aggressive.  There are a lot of great players in this field that are going to be chasing me.  So for me to go out and shoot a good round tomorrow is going to be very important for Sunday.
Q.  It was a very busy end of the season and you could have sat back and taken some time off.  What made you decide to come to play in this tournament? (Indiscernible).
KEEGAN BRADLEY:  I'm always trying to get better and work harder.  I realize that last year, although it was a good year, I didn't win.  I didn't contend in the majors as much as I wanted to, and there is no time to waste on the PGA TOUR when you have players like Tiger and Phil and everybody playing the way they are.  So I needed    I have no time to waste, whether it's at the end of the year, the beginning of the year.  I've got to work as hard as I possibly can to get better.
Ryan Moore (USA) – Second Round 72, Total 135 (-9)
How did you feel out there today?  Not quite the round you were looking for?
RYAN MOORE:  Well, obviously, it wasn't the round I had yesterday, but it amazingly enough wasn't too dissimilar.  I actually controlled the ball really well.  Obviously, just didn't make any putts, but I still hit some pretty good shots overall.
I hit the ball.  I was happy with my ball striking.  I didn't get it around the hole, but I had my wedges and 9 irons in my hands.  I just didn't get it to those 8  to 12 footers.  I seemed to be in that 15  to 20 foot range today and just wasn't able to convert them.
Q.  Well, you have to feel good about the birdie on the last hole?
RYAN MOORE:  Yeah, it's nice to end on a positive note.  Kind of made a sloppy bogey in the middle of my second nine there on the par 5 coming back down the hill.  So, obviously, wasn't too happy with that.  So, to at least finish with a birdie, had a great tee shot, great iron shot, and finally hit a putt exactly how I wanted to and it went in the hole.  I hit a lot of really good putts today that were just right on the edge, burning the edges.  So, overall, I'm still very happy with my game and where I'm at.
Q.  You play this game to be in contention on the weekend and you're right there.  So looking forward to it?
RYAN MOORE:  Exactly.  It's hard sometimes when you feel a really low score.  But at the same time if I had just shot 5 under, 4 under, and I was somewhere near the lead or tied for the lead, I'd be happy right now.  I have to look at it that way.  I'm not 9 under, but I'm at or near the lead going into the weekend depending obviously on what happened on a couple guys the last few holes.  But I'm in a great spot, obviously, enjoying the course and playing well.
Q.  Are you feeling any fatigue or jet lag or anything?
RYAN MOORE:  Yeah, I'm pretty good.  As long as if we were playing at 1 or 2:00 in the afternoon every day, I'd be struggling a lot more.  But for some reason I wake up pretty early and I feel good in the morning.  But it's nice that we're going to continue with the morning tee times.  So I've adjusted pretty well.
Q.  So getting to sleep early then is key?
RYAN MOORE:  Yeah, I think I fell asleep at 6:45 last night and woke up at like 4 a.m. to go get a nice workout in and get right out here.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) – Second Round 69 (-3), Total 136 (-8)
THE MODERATOR:  Kiradech, well played.  The last two days have gone really well for you.  Just tell us what has been working for you on the golf course?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  On the first two rounds I was starting great start.  Yesterday on the front nine I was 5 under, and today the way I started the first three holes, three birdies in a row made my game easier, made my golf more easier.  It was about 1 or 2 behind the leader.  On the back nine I just forgot on the score too much.  So that made just forgot the result.  So that made the score (Indiscernible) on the back nine.
Q.  Have you enjoyed playing the last two days with Nick Watney and Phil, and shooting the better scores with them?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  Yes, I do.  I'm quite enjoying these two top players.  I can't say I was playing better than the two of them, but maybe Phil doesn't get used to the type off the grass and this type of weather, but the way he's driving the ball he is still world class players.
Q.  You said that you would take a break a week or so.  What are you doing exactly?  Is it a secret for you to perform quite well in the first two rounds?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  You mean the week off last week?  No, I don't have any secrets because last week I had my knee injury.  I just took a week off to rest my body.  Just make sure I get ready to play the big events.  The way I started the first two rounds is the result was good after I rested.  On the weekend, if the knee doesn't have any problems it should be a good result on the weekend.
Q.  Do you have any strategy for the next two rounds?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  I still stick with my game plans.  I stick with my    I don't want to be attacked too much because this type of greens this week is quite firm and the pin position is more difficult.  The rough is a lot different than we're playing in the Malaysia Open, so if you attack too much, you will get in a lot of trouble.  I just try to play easy golf and gives me a lot of chance to putt.
Q.  The way you were playing out there today, did you think about a victory in the Malaysian Open six months ago?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  Yes, I do.  After nine    no, after three birdies on the start and then I think maybe I can get my second win on this golf course.  I mean, two times in a row.  The way I'm hitting and the way I'm striking the ball is still great after this.  But sometimes, like I say, I forgot the score so the results should be not (Indiscernible).  So I missed a couple putts on the back nine.  A putt on 14, par putt, and 16, 17, kind of made a ten foot birdie.  But good up and down on the last, so a good finish and I'm happy with the result.
Q.  You know you won on the Asian Tour and also the European Tour and the Malaysian Open.  Is it a goal of yours now to try to win this event and get on to the PGA TOUR?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  I just try to play my best golf.  I don't want to force myself to win this event because it's not that easy to play with all the top players.  I try to finish it high on the weekend.  The thing I forgot about the Asian Tour right now is you can finish, I can say, like top 5 should be a good opportunity for me.
Q.  Being the Malaysian Open champion and staying on top of the Asian Tour Order of Merit, how does this affect you or how do you react to this expectedness?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  I was    every time I'm playing here I feel like I'm home, I guess due to the weather and a lot of fans follow and shout.  That gives me a lot of power to play in this country.  I love to come, and every time I look forward to playing here.
Q. (Indiscernible) do you still reflect on your Open win, which was your first win?
[caption id="attachment_23783" align="alignright" width="222"]Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  Yes, the first win in my memory, I think.  It's a good memory.  We fought that win.  I finished second maybe five to ten events, and just a couple things.  I think it's like every time I finish I missed some short putts just because something in my mind I cannot control myself.  And after I win I had success and I break everything down.  (Indiscernible).
Ryan Moore (USA) – Second Round 72, Total 135 (-9)
Q. How did you feel out there today?  Not quite the round you were looking for?
RYAN MOORE:  Well, obviously, it wasn't the round I had yesterday, but it amazingly enough wasn't too dissimilar.  I actually controlled the ball really well.  Obviously, just didn't make any putts, but I still hit some pretty good shots overall.
I hit the ball.  I was happy with my ball striking.  I didn't get it around the hole, but I had my wedges and 9 irons in my hands.  I just didn't get it to those 8  to 12 footers.  I seemed to be in that 15  to 20 foot range today and just wasn't able to convert them.
Q.  Well, you have to feel good about the birdie on the last hole?
RYAN MOORE:  Yeah, it's nice to end on a positive note.  Kind of made a sloppy bogey in the middle of my second nine there on the par 5 coming back down the hill.  So, obviously, wasn't too happy with that.  So, to at least finish with a birdie, had a great tee shot, great iron shot, and finally hit a putt exactly how I wanted to and it went in the hole.  I hit a lot of really good putts today that were just right on the edge, burning the edges.  So, overall, I'm still very happy with my game and where I'm at.
Q.  You play this game to be in contention on the weekend and you're right there.  So looking forward to it?
RYAN MOORE:  Exactly.  It's hard sometimes when you feel a really low score.  But at the same time if I had just shot 5 under, 4 under, and I was somewhere near the lead or tied for the lead, I'd be happy right now.  I have to look at it that way.  I'm not 9 under, but I'm at or near the lead going into the weekend depending obviously on what happened on a couple guys the last few holes.  But I'm in a great spot, obviously, enjoying the course and playing well.
Q.  Are you feeling any fatigue or jet lag or anything?
RYAN MOORE:  Yeah, I'm pretty good.  As long as if we were playing at 1 or 2:00 in the afternoon every day, I'd be struggling a lot more.  But for some reason I wake up pretty early and I feel good in the morning.  But it's nice that we're going to continue with the morning tee times.  So I've adjusted pretty well.
Q.  So getting to sleep early then is key?
RYAN MOORE:  Yeah, I think I fell asleep at 6:45 last night and woke up at like 4 a.m. to go get a nice workout in and get right out here.
K.J. Choi (KOR) – Second Round 71 (-1), Total 139 (-5)
Q. You couldn't get anything going in your game or anything out of your round?
K.J. CHOI:  It didn't really go as I planned.  My tee shot was a little shaky, and the putting didn't really go the way that I saw or that I read them.
Q.  Keegan is well ahead, and the other guys are just a few strokes ahead of him.  Is this the sort of golf course where you can go low and try to get yourself back into it?
K.J. CHOI:  Yeah, this type of course you can either go really low or go really bad.  It's that tricky.  If I shoot 6, 7 under, one good round could really put me up there with the other guys.
Q.  Are you going to work on your game at the range after this?  What are you going to do after this?
K.J. CHOI:  I'm probably going to rest.  I'm just sweating so much today, it's really giving me a headache.
Q.  Tomorrow morning before your round will you work on anything specific to try to get back into the groove?
K.J. CHOI:  I'm just going to concentrate on the putting line.  The other parts of my game I think are pretty solid.  But I feel like I want to go out there and practice right now.  But if I do, it's going to make things worse on my body, so I'll just take it easy.
Shiv Kapur (Ind) – Second Round 71 (-1), Total 139 (-5)
Q. You looked like you didn't get anything out of the round?
SHIV KAPUR:  I played steady golf.  I played just well, good golf today.  I could have been a little lower, but I made a few saves as well early in my round.  I made a good par putt on the first and the third, so I kind of kept myself in there.  I played steady, like I said.  So I obviously want to improve on that, but given the conditions and given everything and playing sort of late in the day when the greens are a little bit more chewed up and a little more grainy, I think that's a decent round.  But obviously I'd like to do a couple better.
Q.  Keegan's supposed to be running away with it now, there are just a few short of second place.  Is this the kind of golf course where you can actually get low and get back into it?
SHIV KAPUR:  Yeah, like I said yesterday, if you hit fairways, you give yourself a lot of birdie opportunities.  Today they put a lot of flags on the front of the greens.  With the greens firming up, it's tougher and tougher to get closer to the front pin.  When you have to be in the fairway, there is a big premium on hitting fairways here.  So as long as you keep it in play, you give yourself a lot of birdie chances.  It is the kind of course where you can get hot and go low.  It comes down to putting like any other week.  So you hit the fairway on a few putts and there are low scores to be had.
[caption id="attachment_23799" align="alignleft" width="300"]Shiv Kapur of India Shiv Kapur of India
Q.  Is there anything you need to work on this afternoon or tomorrow morning?
SHIV KAPUR:  No, I think I'm just going to go and rest up.  It's really hot, and you have to conserve your energy.  I think all parts of my game are in pretty good shape.  It's just a question of putting it from third gear into fifth gear, and hopefully I can do that on the weekend.
Q.  Big day tomorrow, moving day; is it a cliché?
SHIV KAPUR:  I think every day is as important.  If you look at it, it's all four rounds.  So no one day is more important than the other.  I think I've got to keep doing what I'm doing, stick to my game plan, and hopefully keep knocking in a few more putts and I'll be there come the back nine on Sunday.
Q.  Top 10 gets into the next PGA event; is that a concern?
SHIV KAPUR:  No, I don't think any of those thoughts have occurred to me.  I'm just trying to play golf and play as well as I can and finish as high up as I can.  Obviously, the fact that it comes to the Asian Tour Order of Merit is pretty important, and you want to play as good as you can.  I think I know my schedule for the rest of the year, so I think we'll cross those bridges when we get to them.  But first need to get in that top 10 and we'll see what happens.
Phil Mickelson (USA) – Second Round 70 (-2), Total 141 (-3)
Q. I'm here with Phil Mickelson.  Phil, yesterday when you spoke to us, you said so many things that we were not expecting you to say, like you'd never swung so badly in your life.  How was it today?
PHIL MICKELSON:  Yeah, it's not much better.  I don't have the control of swing that I would like.  I'm not sure what side I'm going to miss it on.  And playing this golf course from the rough, which I did today, was extremely difficult.  The rough is tough.  You're fighting for pars the whole day.  It was closer today.  The rhythm was a little bit better, but technically I've got a lot of issues.  I think that I'll address it more in the off season.  This week and next week, it's going to be difficult.
Q.  Having said all of that, you're still in position to win this going into the weekend.  You're not far behind?
PHIL MICKELSON:  I'm putting the ball well.  There are a number of wedges on these short par 4s.  And with the wedges, the technical flaws don't really come through.  It's really the longer stuff.  So I can get away with it.  If I request manufacture a few swings into the fairway.  But it felt better today.  The rhythm felt a little bit better today.  I won't worry so much about technique and the technical side of it these next few days and see if I can get a good rhythm with the swing, and maybe I can make some birdies.
Q.  I was curious how much of it is confidence as well, if you've been dealing with a swing issue for a couple months?
PHIL MICKELSON:  When you play well, to play well, you have to know where your misses are going to be.  You have to be able to eliminate half the golf course and play to the other side that is not as penalizing, whether it's playing away from water or what have you.  Right now, the difficulty is I may make some decent swings and not miss too much, but I don't know if I'm missing it left or right, and that is the difficulty.
Q.  So maybe you can tell us about your game today?
PHIL MICKELSON:  Yeah, similar to yesterday.  I'm not hitting the ball very well.  My swing is not very good, and I'm just kind of hanging in there.
Rashid Ismail (Mas) – Second Round 76 (+4), Total 149 (+5)
Q. How was your round?
A. I played good but my putting let me down. Maybe I tried a bit too hard. I have to improve on my putting.
Q. How was the putting?
A. I have a problem with my putting alignment. My ball keeps going to the left. If I can keep up my ball striking, then I think I have a good chance to improve on my score.
Q. Plans for tomorrow?
A. I did hit more fairways but I couldn’t hole my putts. I won’t give up. I still have two more days to go and I’ll keep working hard.
Q. You won’t change your plan?
A. I won’t change strategy. I just need to hole more putts.
Q. Is it a case of trying too hard?
A. The harder you try, the worst you get! I’m actually relaxed but my putting didn’t make me feel relaxed!
Nicholas Fung (Mas) – Second Round 78 (+6), Total 152 (+8)
Q. Just talk us through your round for today?
NICHOLAS FUNG:  You know, I started the back nine, and I shot 1 over, so I said I want to finish under par because it's so easy to putt on the front nine.  But I'm playing worse on the second nine.  I got double on the first hole, and I    18, I bogeyed.  No, I doubled the first and doubled the last hole.
So I got inside the bunker, so I'm trying to go for the green, so I hit the bank and came back to the bunker and I doubled.  And last hole, I tried to hit a fade shot off the tee, but I hit slice in the water.  So I dropped inside the rough and ended up six.  I pulled the shot in the bunker and I hit double from there.
Q.  So you just need to improve on the driving and tee shots?
NICHOLAS FUNG:  Yeah, my driving.  I need to practice more on my driving for today.  I putt good today.  I saved a lot.  I saved a lot, yeah.
Q.  The weather, how is it?  You said it was slightly more cooler, I think?
NICHOLAS FUNG:  For Malaysia, I think this is good, yeah.  But for them, very hot.  Yeah, even my playing partner said why is it so hot?  Why is your country so hot?  I told them today is considered good, yeah.
Q.  So what is the plan for tomorrow then?
NICHOLAS FUNG:  My plan?
Q.  Your plan?
NICHOLAS FUNG:  I've got no plan.  Just go to have fun.  Yeah, just play.
Q.  You think it was a case of trying too hard the last few days?
NICHOLAS FUNG:  No, I didn't try hard.  I just tried to play    tried to put more on the fairway, but today it didn't happen.