CJ Invitational - Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 10 Oct 2013

CJ Invitational - Rd 1 What They Said

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Kim Tae-hoon (Kor) – First Round 66 (-6)
It was nice playing with the other players from different countries (Jyoti Randhawa of India and Gunn Charoenkul of Thailand).
I’m quite a long hitter so I can take advantage of the all the par fives. This course is pretty long so it will be more suited for long hitters such as myself. If I keep playing like how I did today, then I have a good chance and doing something big like winning this tournament.
I had the yips with my driver in the last eight years. I was nervous every time I pull out the driver because I would hit a bad shot. I practised so hard to try to improve on my driving and because I tried too hard, I broke at least 30 drivers in eight years!
The yips I had with my driver disappeared when I lost my Tour card on the Korean Golf Tour. I started to be more comfortable with my game and took things easy.
Gunn Charoenkul (Tha) – First Round 67 (-5)
It was a good round. I almost hit perfect fairways. I only missed one on the last hole. Every part of my game was working better than expected. Hopefully I can keep it going.
I made a careless mistake on the first hole when I shot a double bogey. I had about 95 yards to the pin over water and I talked to my caddy that we would go for a 100 yards. Somehow that slipped my mind and I hit it short and into the water.
I played better than expected. I can see that my game has been improving compared to the start of the year.
I’ve improved a lot of on my mental game and how I think about the game. I wasn’t expecting to get a win early in the season because I played in seven events and earned my Asian Tour card so I was expecting even better results this year.
Gunn Charoenkul of Thailand Gunn Charoenkul of Thailand
I think I tried too hard to get the results that I wanted so I put that aside in the second half of the Asian Tour season and started to enjoy my game.
Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) – First Round 67 (-5)
I’m pretty satisfied. I played well and didn’t make any bogeys. I’m really happy with my first round performance because I haven’t been playing too often.
I was very patient because I hit a few bad tee shots but recovered. I maintained my focus and I knew what I needed to do. A few shots came my way and here I was on five-under.
I went to sleep during the weather delay! My caddy was looking for me and I was in the medical room but nobody could find me. It was a good rest because I was ready to go after that and came back with a good score.
I took May and June off and have been trying to get physically fit. I wanted to get back in shape and get my game right.
I felt that all the hard work I put in paid off today. I felt very comfortable with my swing even when I was under pressure.
Matthew Stieger (Aus) – First Round 67 (-5)
It was good. I got off to a shaky start when I bogeyed the first hole – a bit of nerves there. I grinded out the next eight holes and hit a 32 on my way home. I was already warmed up and ready to go and then I had to sit back down, eat more breakfast and chill out a little bit.
I’ve been playing good lately. I’ve been working pretty hard on my game. I was quite lucky this week because I only found out on Saturday morning that I got into this tournament. I made a quick flight change and make the most of this tournament. It is a great golf course which is in perfect condition.
I’ve been consistent. This Tour really teaches you how to grind it out. I’ve been telling my mates back home that they need to come out and play here because it teaches you a lot of things. You need to be patient out here so it is good to prepare you mentally and physically.
I was joking to my caddy at the beginning of the week that the goal is to beat K.J. Choi. If you do that here then you are going to be right up there on the leaderboard. If I put myself in good position over the weekend then I might get a game with him.