CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters: Tuesday What They Said

Tue 30 Apr 2013

CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters: Tuesday What They Said

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April 30: Read what players have to say ahead of the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters.
Darren Clarke (Nir)
It is good to be back in Asia again. I’ve had some good time in Asia. I’ve the missed the heat here as well! It is a little bit warmer than Portrush. I haven’t played here before but Lee (Westwood) has told me bits and pieces about the golf course. The golf course is in really good condition. The greens and fairways are sensational here. It is set up tough but fair as well. It will be a good, fair and stern test.
I think my game is okay. I’ve had a little bit of unforced time-off because I tore my hamstring in the Bahamas about five weeks ago.  I was playing tennis with my kids and I thought I was 24 and not 44! Unfortunately I had to pull-out from Augusta and Korea last week.
It has been a frustrating period. I’m not good at sitting and not doing anything. I’ve had intensive treatment on my hamstring and it is fine now. My foot is still not quite right because I had to hop along when I tore my hamstring.
I’ve been practising hard at home but it is a little bit different compared to playing in Asia. My swing is okay but I’m still a bit rusty. I haven’t played since March. It was no choice of my own but unfortunately it is the way it is.
I’ve been coming here (Asia) long enough to know how to deal with the weather. It is strange because it is humid but not Malaysia humid. This is much more pleasant compared to the intense humidity in Kuala Lumpur.
My swing feels good but it is a bit different when you are playing competitively. I haven’t played for quite some time so it will be challenging. I’m keen to play because I haven’t been playing a lot this year. My schedule was based around getting ready for Augusta and then I got injured. I’m very keen to just play, play and play now.
I couldn’t do anything. I could hardly walk, hit golf balls and do some putting. I had to sit at home and watch (The Masters). I think Adam Scott was good after what happened at The Open last year. The way Angel Cabrera played was fantastic as well. Augusta is a very special place and I miss being there.
I only watched the last round because if I watched every day, then I would have been frustrated. I was supposed to be there but I couldn’t. I always watch the last round at Augusta.
Bernd Wiesberger (Aut)
It is my second year playing in Indonesia. The course is going to be in good shape. It is going to be tricky off the tees. You can miss your drives a little bit. Every part of your game has to be in good shape to score under-par. I’m looking forward to the challenge. This is a great venue for us and a great tournament to play in.
I’ve worked on my game to get more consistent. I’m making a lot of cuts which shows that I’m going in the right direction. I’m trying to make a step up in every part of my game to get into contention and win tournaments. I’m not making a lot of mistakes but for me it is about winning golf tournaments. I’m happy with the way my game is heading to.
The spectators were great last year. This tournament is received really well. It is important to have a big event staged here. The CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters is definitely one of the top events that I play on in my schedule.
Bernd Wiesberger of Austria Bernd Wiesberger of Austria
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
The golf course looks nice. The conditions here will depend on the weather. It will be very challenging. I have a good chance to win this tournament. I’m going to try and win it. I always enter a tournament with the thought that I can win. I guess that’s the key to my success so far.
The young Thais are playing well. It is good for my country. They have been performing well in the big events. The Thai players have really improved. You see them on the leaderboard almost every week. In the future, I hope to see more Thai players playing in Major tournaments.
Arnond is short off the tees but his short game is really good. His putting is very consistent. I think he has a bright future.
Simon Dyson (Eng)
I always like coming back to Indonesia. I have good memories in Indonesia so it is nice to come back. My game is better now. I got off to a very slow start. My confidence was a bit low. I’ve been playing good in the last few weeks. My game is getting better and my confidence is growing.
I didn’t play much last year. I took some time off because my wife gave birth to my first child. I had two really bad injuries as well so I missed all the big tournaments. It is nice to finish 50th on the Order of Merit in your bad year. I’ve spent a lot of time at home and I’m pleased I did because I saw my child growing up.
I’m a pretty fit lad. If you prepare right and get plenty of fluids you will be okay. Fluids are important out here because you lose so much. I’ve been coming out here for a long time so if I’m dehydrated, it will be a huge rookie mistake. The heat is not too bad plus you have an umbrella!
George Gandranata (Ina)
The course is in terrific shape. The roughs are high. The course is playing tighter so I believe it will bring more players into it. I think it will be an interesting week. This is one of the best, maybe the best, golf course is Indonesia. Hopefully it will be a fun week for me.
I’ve played in all the Asian Development Tour (ADT) events so far. I learnt a lot there and my game has improved from last year. I understand how professional golf is different compared to amateur golf. I feel like I have a good chance to play well.
The course is long and obviously it doesn’t suit my game because I hit it short and straight. But I’m going to rely on my short game. Those are the two aspects of my game that is my strength. I hope that I play well this week. Your goal is always to play as good as you can.
It means a lot to play at home. I’m thankful these guys (Ernie Els, Darren Clarke… etc… etc) are here. They will help expose golf not only in Indonesia but to the world. They will show that Indonesia is a golfing destination and that we have fantastic courses here. It will be good for the game and everyone.
By having tournaments like this, the game of golf will grow and there will be more professional events because sponsors will be willing to come and say ‘Hey this is a good emerging market.’
Hopefully the golf fans will come out this week and support the local and star players. As a player, I’m glad and happy that the CIMB Niaga and the Asian Tour worked together to invite these guys and make this tournament into a world class event.
Pressure is always there whenever you play professional golf. The hardest pressure usually comes from yourself. I learnt from my rookie year that pressure is pressure so whatever you do, it will always be there. My goal this week is to do as well as I can. A top-10 will be a great goal for me. I’m going to play one shot at a time then we will see how it goes.
Arnond Vongvanij of Thailand Arnond Vongvanij of Thailand
Arnond Vongvanij (Tha)
My game feels good. I played really well in the first couple of days last week. I just made easy mistakes which I shouldn’t have. This week, I’m going to focus and be more careful so I don’t make silly mistakes.
I learnt a lot last week. Every shot makes a lot of difference so being in contention in Korea gave me a perspective of what I need to do when I’m in contention.
The golf course is really good. I like the greens. I played quite well here on the first day so I’m looking forward to this week. Like any other course, you need to hit a lot fairways and greens.
After the win last year, I was putting too much pressure on myself to do well. That didn’t work out too well because I started to get too tense. I wasn’t enjoying the game as much and I didn’t get the results which I wanted. I’m just trying to enjoy the game and have fun.
I’ve started to enjoy the game again after Chiangmai. I played well in Chiangmai and in the Philippines but I didn’t make any putts. I continued to play well in Korea so it shows that my game plan is coming along pretty good.
I struggled with a wrist injury earlier in the year. My wrist was tight and stiff and I didn’t know what was wrong with it. I got it checked after Chiangmai and the doctor said it was fine. I’m not playing with any pain now but after playing in many rounds of long practice sessions, I feel a bit of soreness.