CJ Invitational Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 11 Oct 2013

CJ Invitational Rd 2 What They Said

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) – Second Round 71 (-1), Total 137 (-7)
It was a good start for two days in a row. It was perfect golf in really strong wind. I holed a lot of putts and made no mistakes on the front nine. I started to struggle after my bogey on the second hole. I three putted on the eighth hole from close range and that was bad. Somehow I felt that I made up for that after I holed that long putt from about 50-feet for par on the ninth hole. (Started on the 10th tee)
I’m lucky because the green is a little bit soft or else, these conditions would be almost the same like at The Open Championship. If you can place the ball at the right position, then you can have a chance at shooting a birdie.
I will still play the same game. I’ve been hitting the ball very well but missed a couple of putts. I’m not 100% confident with the putter at the moment and that explains the little mistake on the back.
It was great to play with these top players. David Toms is a Major champion and K.J. Choi is my hero and also Asia’s hero. I learnt a lot from the two of them. I tried to play better than them.
It is a long way more to go. I don’t want to force myself but I would be very proud if I can win this title from K.J. Choi. He is the first top player which I played with three years (in the third round of the 2010 Malaysian Open). I remember how he played and everything he did. Until today, I still hold on to those memories.
K.J. Choi (Kor) – Second Round 74 (+2), Total 145 (+1)
This is the first time we had these windy conditions in three years! The weather is usually very calm here so it was quite difficult to play out there.
I’m currently in a very relaxed position! I like being in this position. It sort of gives me a chance to make a charge up the leaderboard. I have a lot of catching up to do on the leaderboard.
I didn’t practice much this week and this is the third time I’m playing this golf course this year. The wind was blowing very strongly and I couldn’t control my shots. I’m aiming to shoot a pair of six-under in the weekend and see if I can win again.
It is very difficult to play in windy conditions because you can’t control your shots. Obviously it affects your game way more compared to other conditions.
Kiradech’s short game and putting were very good early in the round. I kind of learnt a lesson from him! He made all the putts inside 10-feet on the front nine. However, his irons were a little bit shaky. If he keeps practising his iron shots, I think he will be a very good player.
A lot of young Asians have the long and short game. The courses in Asia are not as long as in the United States. You usually hit a short iron into the greens in Asia but you need to use at least a six or seven iron for the second shot on the PGA Tour. I believe young golfers like Kiradech must practise his long irons to be successful in the United States.