CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters: Wednesday What They Said

Wed 01 May 2013

CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters: Wednesday What They Said

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Ernie Els (Rsa)
Ernie Els of South Africa Ernie Els of South Africa
My experience here in Indonesia previously is very vague. We were doing a tournament called the Super Tour. We had a good time here and we actually got the organisers to let us play in shorts because it was so hot. I don’t remember too much but I know we had a good time.
My game is coming around. I was on the Asian Tour a couple of weeks ago in Chiangmai. Scott (Hend) won there and played with Anirban Lahiri, who was hitting it 30 yards further than me. He is a hell of a player. It is nice to see the Asian guys playing well.There’s so much talent here and it is great to see these guy coming through. I hope they get good breaks. I’m looking forward to play here. The golf course is great and it is a stern test. You can shoot a good score but you have to be on your game.
I’ve been working all year on my game and it has been slow going so far. Things are coming around a little bit. I feel good with the short game and the long game is coming around. I’m really looking forward to the next couple of Majors.
Yes, I’m going to use the long putter this week. I went to Augusta with a long putter and I actually played quite well. While it is good, I’ll go with it and if they change the rules then I’ll go back to the short putter.
I’m sure there will be a bit of jetlag after coming from New Orleans but we’ve done it for such a long time that you just go with it. When you get jetlag, you just drink water and get on with it. We all deal with jet lags. I’m pretty used to it.
I like to get to the short putter but I’m putting so nicely with the long putter. They haven’t changed the rule yet. Before Chiangmai, I was practising with a short putter but since then, I was so concentrated on getting ready for the Masters that I put all my energy in the long putter. So I don’t see any reason why I should change putters while the rules are still in effect.
At the moment, we are concentrating on the autism foundation in the United States but I spoke to someone last night, who runs an autism school in Jakarta. If I have time I will try and visit. April was autism month in the US and we did a lot of campaigning and stuff like that.
My ranking doesn’t really mean much. Everybody in the field can win this week. Ranking means you have played well somewhere but it doesn’t mean that I’ll automatically win. It doesn’t work like that. You are playing against the golf course. For the most part you are playing against the golf course as much as you can. Rankings do not really apply.
Scott Hend (Aus)
It is always nice to come here to play golf. The courses are always fantastic. I flew straight back to Florida after winning in Chiangmai and played soccer with my son on the front yard every day. There was no time to watch the television. I didn’t touch the sticks for three weeks but pulled them out just in time for the Ballantine’s Championship last week.
I had to do some serious range work in the cold last week. It is nice to be in the warmth here because it takes five minutes to warm up instead of an hour!
I’m still playing great. It is just a matter of getting the putts in the hole. It will be the same as all the guys here. It will be the guy with the least amount of putts who will finish on top at the end of the week.
Mardan Mamat (Sin)
It’s nice to be playing in the heat again as you can swing the clubs a lot easier. Last week in Korea was a long time since I played in the cold and winds. I didn’t get much opportunities to play under such weather conditions as it has been almost three years since I played in Europe. It’s a strong field this week but I just got to focus on my own game and do what I’ve to do. I’m hoping to put a red number every day and see what happens from there. The key to doing well here at Royale Jakarta Golf Club is to keep the ball in the fairway  and hole those putts because the scores are going to be low this week and if I can putt well, I believe I may have a chance of winning.
Lam Chih Bing of Singapore Lam Chih Bing of Singapore
Lam Chih Bing (Sin)
It’s nice to be back in Jakarta as this (Royale Jakarta Golf Club) is a really nice golf course. The rough is a little up and you need to keep it in play this week. The greens are running nice and I’m certainly looking forward to a good week. My third place finish in India has definitely given me lots of confidence even last week in Langkawi (ADT-PGM LADA Langkawi Masters) where I played three really good rounds. I was in contention on the last day but I just didn’t pull it off (Lam finished tied-eighth). It’s slowly coming together for me and I’m excited for the rest of the year. It comes down to putting at the end of the day. The guy that makes the most putt will win.
Quincy Quek (Sin)
I’m pretty excited to be playing in this event and I really like this course. I like how it has been set up and I’m just looking forward to a good week. I’ve to get into a good position off the tee and putt well, just like every other week. I’ve to stay patient throughout the week and not get too ahead of myself. I just have to wait for the opportunities to come by and hopefully it’ll be a good week.
Choo Tze Huang (Sin)
I’ve been working hard on my game for the last couple of months. The results have been slow to come by and hopefully the results will show how far I’ve progressed and the major steps that I’ve been making to my game. It’s definitely a strong field and everyone wants to do well for themselves. As for me, I’ve to stay patient on this course, keep going through the process and not worry about the results. This is my first time playing here and seeing how the course has been over the last two days, I feel the key is to drive the ball well, keep it in play and you’ve got to be really patient. You’ve got to make sure that you do not get into trouble in the rough and around the greens. I’ve not set for myself any target this week. I just want to go out there, play good golf and the rest will take care of itself.