CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters: Thursday What They Said

Thu 02 May 2013

CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters: Thursday What They Said

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Scott Hend (Aus) – First round 66 (-6)
I’m in a good position to be in. The scores are going to be low this week so I’ve got to keep grinding those numbers and add that into a good score.
I had a bit of an issue with the cart path. Got a bit unlucky and hit an average drive and chipped out from the rough where I hit into the cart path which went into an unplayable lie and took a double bogey. But you know what these things happen in golf and I made eagle on the next hole and got straight back into business.
I think because of how wet it is from the rain last night and the ball’s not rolling very far. We (big hitters) have an advantage over the other guys who may have a shorter iron hitting into the greens but you still have to get those putts into the hole.
Hwang Inn-choon of Korea Hwang Inn-choon of Korea
Hwang Inn-choon (Kor) – First Round 66 (-6)
I’m very happy. My putting was so good and I hit a lot of drives on the fairways. I like to play on this golf course because it has very good fairway and greens. I like putting on these greens because it is fast.
Unfortunately, I had one double bogey when my tee shot landed in the long grass. It has been a long time since I won.
I wasn’t putting good enough. On Wednesday I decided to go to the Royale Jakarta Golf Club’s pro-shot and buy a new Odyssey putter. It felt so good and that’s why I’m putting so well this week!
Ernie Els (Rsa) – First Round 68 (-4)
I got to be satisfied with that. Obviously you would like to say it could have been better but I played nicely. I made a silly mistake on the third hole which was a short par four. I played nicely and played with a nice group of guys (Scott Hend and Bernd Wiesberger) who played good as well.
I guess we all fed off each other. Scott Hend he really started it off when he birdied three in a row early in the round. Hopefully I can get it going tomorrow as well.
I’m starting to feel more comfortable with my game. The last time I played in Chiangmai, I wasn’t too comfortable with my game. I played okay at the Masters Tournament and had a nice week at New Orleans. I feel that things are starting to come around so I got to thank the Asian Tour for getting my game back in shape. I like playing out here and the golf courses are nice. I need to get more rounds under my belt and I feel that I’m starting to get better.
Arnond Vongvanij of Thailand Arnond Vongvanij of Thailand
Arnond Vongvanij (Tha) – First round 68 (-4)
The rough is a little bit longer but I hit the driver really well and stayed on the fairways. I’m really happy with my round. I had a hole-out for eagle on the third hole. I had about 97 yards and hit an easy sand wedge. The hill was a little above the hole so I couldn’t see it go in. I walked over there and it disappeared (smiles).
Travelling from Korea made me a little bit tired at the start of the week but it is more of adapting from the cold weather (last week) to the heat here. I tried to drink as much fluid as I can.
Today is over. I’m going to relax. It will be an early wake up call for me. I’m getting used to my swing more and hitting the driver really well. I’m getting a bit more comfortable with my game.
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) – First Round 69 (-3)
This year the golf course is playing much longer compared to the last two years. I’m not sure if it is because I’m hitting it shorter or the course is long (jokes)!
I injured my leg in Korea on Sunday. I woke up and I couldn’t walk. I feel a 100% better now after seeing the physiotherapist earlier this week. I don’t know what happened in Korea. Maybe I walked too much.
I’ve been playing very regularly so it could be that I’ve been playing too much. All my birdies were from close range today.