CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters: Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 03 May 2013

CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters: Rd 2 What They Said

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Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) – Second round 65 (-7), Total 134 (-10)
I played very solid in both rounds. I holed a lot of putts to make it a low score. I think the game changed when I holed a lot of putts. I played very solidly and I have no complains at all. I think I have a chance to go even lower in the next few days.
I hope I can keep my confidence like this in the next few days. If I drive, hit and putt like today then I think I have a good chance to win the tournament. My putting wasn’t that good in the last few months but it is coming around now. The last time when I won, I was putting so well.
My wife and two sons are here with me this week. My oldest son followed me for nine holes today but my youngest is at the hotel. I’m very happy with my family support. I want to show them that I can play very well.
I’m only halfway there. There are many strong players here but getting off to 10-under after two rounds gives me a good chance. I want to try my best.
The weather is better than last year. The golf course is actually playing
Thongchai  Jaidee of Thailand Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand
tougher than last year. I think this year, the winning score will be less than 20-under. If it rains then it will be easier because the greens will get softer.
Scott Barr (Aus) – Second round 68 (-4), Total 136 (-8)
I played pretty well but had a few misfortunes. I got through pretty well and birdied some holes coming in. There are some good signs ahead of the weekend. As a golfer you want to be in the top position. I’ll go about my business as normal.
I’m very comfortable since the first time I came here. To be honest, I only played nine holes in the practice round. I knew the golf course. Once I got a feel for the greens, I felt like I was prepared enough.
The course is always magnificent. Every year I come here it is superb. This year is no different. The fairways are tremendous and the greens are rolling nicely. There’s a little bit more rough so hopefully it will iron out the man from the boys who hit it straighter off the tees.
I’ve been preparing for my second child for months now (his wife is expected to give birth on Tuesday). Obviously when I get home after this week, I will be pretty busy. It is very exciting and I’m looking forward to it. He will be a boy.
This week sort of feels like a special week for me. I’ve had a lot of media attention and you sort of feel like you are in the limelight and ready to go. I’ve enjoyed it. Hopefully it will be a week that I will remember.
Kieran Pratt (Aus) – Second Round 68 (-4), Total 138 (-6)
I was really solid out there. I was sort of scrappy in the middle but I was good at the start and at the end. It was a good round and my putting felt really good, which was a good change. My putting has been improving. Happy with my start.
I’ve been working on my release and alignment in my putting. My hard work seems to be paying off.
I played okay here last year. All Aussies seem to be playing well so far. I think we are feeding off each other’s success. It is good to see and hopefully I get to play with an Aussie tomorrow and continue to contend over the weekend.
You have to hit it well. The greens are speedy so you need to hole some putts. That’s the key to my score. It is simple sort of stuff. The rough is up so it puts a premium to hit your driver well.
It was great when I went for the Habitat For Humanity with the Asian Tour Golf Show. It was an eye opening experience to get out there to see the good work that they have been doing. It was amazing to see all the kids with the smiling faces. They are amazing people. Despite their hardships, they can still have a smile on their faces. It puts a lot of things into perspective for a sportsman such as myself.