CNIM 2014 - Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 25 Apr 2014

CNIM 2014 - Rd 2 What They Said

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April 25: Read what players have to say after the second round of the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters on Friday.
LIN WEN TANG (TPE) – SECOND ROUND  64(-8), TOTAL 134 (-10)
I didn’t expect myself to play so well today. Honestly, I wasn’t feeling very well coming to this week. I had to withdraw from the tournament in Malaysia last week because the weather was just too hot! I was not feeling well then. Luckily my brother (Lin Wen-hong) brought me some medicine when he came over to Jakarta this week. He is also playing this week. I can’t really stand the hot weather when I play golf. I had to walk with an umbrella and use ice to cool my face all the time.
I guess I had an advantage today because the weather was cooler when I started in the morning. I seem to putt better than yesterday too. My ball drive has been pretty good the last two rounds. I think the most challenging part of this golf course is to hit the fairways. You have to hit as many fairways as you can to play well.
I am very happy with how I played today. Hopefully I can continue to ride on my hot putter for the next two rounds. I was really focused on my game and I hope to stay the same till Sunday.
To be honest, I didn’t carry high hopes to play well coming to this week. I was really unwell last week. That was why I withdrew. I spent two days resting in the hotel. I have never slept so much before it was quite scary. I guess my body really needed some rest.
I made a decision to withdraw from next week’s event in Singapore as well. I hope to work on my fitness and get some rest when I return home next week. My fitness is not as good as the young players and I get tired more easily on the course. I think I have to work on my fitness if I want to continue to play well.
I am happy to see Chan Shih-chang winning the ADT event in Langkawi yesterday. We share the same home course back in Chinese Taipei and I kind of watch him grow up and get to where he is today. I am really proud of him. I think he must have an affinity with Malaysia since this is the second time he won there!
CAMERON SMITH (AUS) – SECOND ROUND 67 (-5), TOTAL 135 (-9)
Today was a better start for me as I got the ball rolling pretty quick early. I got a couple of bogeys which was disappointing but hopefully I can wipe them off the cards over the weekend. My life has changed a little bit since I turned professional. There’s a little bit more travel, more work into golf which is nice but overall it’s not a bad job that I have. I’ve only played two events, getting to stay with my mates and playing on some awesome golf courses week in week out is nice.
CHAPCHAI NIRAT (THA) – SECOND ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 136 (-8)
I feel I’ve got a good chance to do well this week. I’ve been hitting the ball really good and I know that I just got to stay patient and not get too distracted to get that win. It has been a long time and it will really be nice if I can land another victory. Bu like I said, I don’t want to think too far just yet as I only want to put myself into contention on Sunday.
NICHOLAS FUNG (MAS) – SECOND ROUND 69 (-3), TOTAL 136 (-8)
I’m very happy with my 69 today and still seeing my name on the leaderboard. I think I lost focus in my front nine. I had 11 straight pars. My caddy told me to just put the unhappiness of my grandma passing away aside and concentrate on my game. I managed to get an eagle on the 12th and a birdie on the 16th. I will try and win this week just for my grandma.
The experience from playing in the EurAsia Cup helps me a lot and also last week, when I made the cut for the very first time in my national open. That boosted my confidence a lot. The Asian Tour is a big Tour and I really want to play well on the Tour.
JAZZ JANEWATTANANOND (THA) – SECOND ROUND 70 (-2), TOTAL 138 (-6)
It’s a bit disappointing to end the round with three bogeys after starting out so well but it’s ok. I know there are a couple of long holes there. I’m hitting my long iron well and I putted really well today too. I’m happy with the way I played. I still have a tournament next week so I don’t really want to practice too much and overworked myself. I just want to continue to do what I am supposed to do and how I did for the first two rounds. Hopefully I can some good results on Sunday.
CHAN KIM (USA) – SECOND ROUND 69 (-3), TOTAL 138 (-6)
I didn’t start well today. I was two-over through two holes. I was having problems with my back and hip. The physios helped a lot I must say but I am still feeling the stiffness from last week when I hurt my back. However, it started to loosen up in the back nine and I started to hit it close and made a lot of putts. The highlight was definitely on the 15 where I managed to chip in a birdie. That kind of kept my momentum going. I have to say I played pretty well today, definitely happy with my round.
BERND WIESBERGER (AUT) – SECOND ROUND 71 (-1), TOTAL 139
The highlight of my round was the last putt today. That got my round to under-par but I had a couple of really bad shots out there. Fortunately, I had a good finish today to get to under-par. I need to improve over the weekend. I’m driving the ball well but I need to avoid making big mistakes. I didn’t hit the ball as well as I did last year. I just hope to improve on my ball striking for the next two rounds.
LAM CHIH BING (SIN) – SECOND ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 140
I made quite a few putts today which were nice. I’m happy with how I played. It’s a really nice course out there. Hopefully I can play better in the next two rounds and put myself in a better form for next week’s tournament back home in Singapore.
GEORGE GANDRANATA (INA) – SECOND ROUND 70 (-2), TOTAL 141
I’m feeling pretty good. It’s the first time I made cut here at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters. My past history here has not been good and I’m glad I rewrote history today although I didn’t finish well. IN the middle of the round, I made the putts that I needed to make. I came into the tournament hoping to make the cut. Now that I’ve achieved that, I would hope to see myself in contention over the weekend rounds.
Obviously I would hope to win the tournament but before that I would have to put myself in contention first. Hopefully the strategy works tomorrow and I can capitalize on that on Sunday.
I think playing in front of home crowd actually helps my game! It feels like there are a lot of people behind you. I’m going to push for my parents to come and watch me play tomorrow! My caddy is actually a good friend of me. I’m thankful that he took off from work to come and help me this week. Overall, all’s good and I look forward to playing the weekend rounds.