CNIM - Preview What They Said

Wed 23 Apr 2014

CNIM - Preview What They Said

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Jakarta, April 23: Find out what players have to say ahead of the US$750,000 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters this week.
Thongchai JAIDEE (THA)
I am feeling a little tired after last week. I played well but I can’t hole anything last week. It’s a brand new week now and I think the golf course is opened to everyone. Anyone can play well out there. Everyone wants to win the trophy but it’s not easy. You need a perfect week to win. I just try and do my best every week.
I hope there will be an Asian winner this week but they are also many good players out there like Louis Oosthuizen and Victor Dubuisson. They are all in good form and playing well. Like I said, the golf course is opened to everyone. Anyone can do well out there. The set-up of the course is quite tight and the rough is tough this week.
There are a lot of new faces on the Asian Tour now as compared to ten years ago. The Asian Tour has grown a lot over the years. It’s always exciting to see Asian players playing well around the world. At this age, golf can be improved easily due to high technology. There are a lot of equipment to help golfers in their game. What matters most now is to develop a good mental game and seek proper guidance from coaches. I think that is what the young golfers must work on now. The golf scene has improved a lot from the past.
Every week is a brand new week. If you did not play well the last week, you have to get over it soon.
Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA)
I’m getting better after being hospitalized last week due to tonsil inflammation. I can’t say I am 100% good but I’m recovering well. I will take care of myself and make sure I’m in a good condition for this week’s tournament.
I won three awards at the Asian Tour Awards Night last night and I am very happy to play here this week. To win the order of merit is like a dream come true for me. It’s a great start to the week having won three awards last night.
Before I flew here, I know I am ready to play. If not, I won’t be on the plane here. I always focus on winning every week. I’m hitting the ball solid so I’m ready for this week.
Bernd WIESBERGER (AUT)
It’s great coming back here. Great memories from last year. Happy to be back in Jakarta and coming back to the Royal Jakarta. I’m doing well right now. I just have to try and improve by one spot from last week (second in Malaysia). I played good last week and I had a few practice rounds here already. The course is in a great condition and I’m looking forward to the tournament.
I try to play my best every week, regardless of whether I’m the defending champion or not. It does feel good to know that you’re back on the golf course where you’ve done well before and you enjoyed playing. I know I can win this week if I play my best golf but there are a lot of strong players this week. A lot of them have played well in the last couple of months. They know how to play well here. It’s going to make my title defence quite tough but like I said, I’m in a good form so I’m looking forward to the first round tomorrow.
George GANDRANATA (INA)
I’m just trying to play better than how I did last year. My goal right now is to make the cut. I’ll start getting more goals after I get into Saturday’s round and we’ll see what happens on Sunday. What I really hope to achieve this year is to improve on how I did last year. Of course, getting more experience and more exposure as well. It’s a great event to do so as there are many good players around. I feel honoured to play alongside some of the top players like Wiesberger, Thongchai and Kiradech. These guys are who you would want to become one day. They set good examples for us and we can learn a lot from them. We can always learn something from these guys to play better. The goal in golf is to get better every time you play.
It doesn’t matter how big the event is. It’s golf. The competition is the same. You’re playing against yourself and I think I just have to focus on playing shot by shot. I will discuss with my coach how to attack this course and how to play well here. I will stick to my plan and we will see how it goes.
Louis OOSTHUIZEN (RSA)
It is my first time coming to Jakarta and it has been great so far. It is a great golf course and I think it is going to be a good week.
It’s a long course and you have to push it a little further from the tee. The par fives are especially long. You need to drive well to make things a little bit easier.
You just have to try and play as good as you can every day. You may get some days where you’re playing well but not scoring well. I think it will be a good score if you can get three to four under per round. I’m not really thinking about expectations of scores right now. It’s more about doing my best out there when the tournament starts tomorrow.
I actually prefer playing in the heat than playing in the cold weather. I live in Florida so I am used to the humidity although it is not as bad as in Asia. You just need to make sure you take in lots of fluids to stay hydrated in the hot weather. I had a good week last week. Hopefully I can keep the good form going.
Victor DUBUISSON (FRA)
It’s my first time here and I’m also very surprised how big the city is. I spoke to Thongchai about this tournament last year and he told me the course is really good here. That’s why I decided to play this week. I played the course for the first time this morning and I think it’s great! I’m also surprised about how long the par fives are. I think it’s a tough course and it’s kind of wet after the rain yesterday.
I think three under is a very good score on this course. You never know how you are going to play so I think three under would be a very good score.
I tried some local cuisine last night and I like it even thought it was spicy.
I think it’s important to drink lots of water when you’re playing in such hot weather.