CJ Invitational: Preview What They Said

Wed 09 Oct 2013

CJ Invitational: Preview What They Said

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K.J. Choi (Kor)
By hosting this tournament, I want to teach the crowd in Korea the etiquette in golf. In the first year, we launched a no hand phone campaign. In the second year, there was a no cigarettes campaign. This year, we are launching a ‘Thank You’ campaign to teach the fans to be more caring and respectful.
I did not win this year but I made all the cuts in all the Major tournaments so that’s a positive sign for me. I finished higher on the US PGA Tour rankings compared to last year so that’s another success for me. I probably missed only four cuts this season and I hope that next year will be better.
I really wanted to play in the Players Championship and I played in more tournaments than I expected. That caused my fitness level to go down. I guess I pushed myself a bit too hard.
I’ve been playing for more than 10 years on the PGA Tour and I’ve improved every year. In the last three years, the players are getting better so I’m training more so I can be better. I will try my best to win again.
I’m eyeing a third win in this event but obviously it won’t be easy. No player has done it on the Asian Tour before and I hope to be the first. But I’ll also be happy if a younger player wins this event as well.
Players should not follow the money. They should train and concentrate more. They should train their mental games as well. There are not much difference between the players on the PGA Tour and Asian players. It is all in the mind. They must have more concentration and mental toughness.
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I want to make this tournament the best event in Asia. I’ve been doing a lot of campaigns and spectators are following all the rules. That made me happy and comfortable. Because I know this tournament is a success, it has made me more comfortable and that’s why I can win twice.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
It has been a frustrating couple of weeks. It started out horrendously. I’ve played good on the second days and I’ve been unfortunate not to play in the weekends. My game is feeling better and my body is getting better every week. This is a beautiful golf course this week. Hopefully the weather holds up.
KJ has set such a high example for Asians all over the world to aim and achieve. He is such a gentlemen and a great ambassador for Asian golf. We all try to match up with his game and hopefully I get to play with him during one of the rounds and beat him.
Rikard Karlberg (Swe)
I played quite a lot lately and it is nice to come back to Asia. I had a week off before coming into this tournament. My game is good and I’m looking forward to this week.
My game has been a little bit up and down. However, it is getting better and better. My driving has been a little bit off and putting, which has been my strong point, has let me down in the last few tournaments.
I was in Abu Dhabi last week. I just moved there and it is almost the same weather. The weather is even hotter there than it is here.
KJ has shown us how strong and solid his game is.  He has lectured us like small boys in this tournament but I think the players now are getting better and better and they are more used to the golf course. I think we will see another winner this year.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
My wrist is 80% better. I tried to practice more and more last week. It is recovering now but I had to pull out from the Taiwan Masters because I did not want to aggravate the injury. This is the first time I’m playing in this event so I’m quite excited.
I had a chance to play with Choi a few years ago. He is really a superstar and a great Asian player. If I can rediscover my form, then I think I’ll have a good chance at claiming the title.
Baek Seuk-hyun (Kor)
I have to play good this week because I want to play at the WGC-HSBC Champions this year. I didn’t think about it at the start of the year but suddenly, I was playing well and the results pushed me in the right direction.
If I play good this week, then everyone will notice that I’m Korean! If I play good or if I win, then the Korean fans wil
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l know me.
My family is in Korea but I like staying in Thailand because the weather is nice for golf. I think my dad is coming down to support me.
My game feels in great shape in every tournament that I play in. But I feel that I need a bit of luck to give me that win. I’ve been playing my own game and it has been going the way I wanted it to be. I’ve had a few chances to win and if I keep putting myself in this position, I’m sure that I can win.
KJ is the legend of Korea. He is obviously a much better player than I am but in golf, anybody can win. I just want to play and enjoy my game and not be too aggressive.