CNIM 2014 - Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 24 Apr 2014

CNIM 2014 - Rd 1 What They Said

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April 24: Read what players have to say after the opening round of the US$750,000 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters.
NICHOLAS FUNG (MAS) - FIRST ROUND 67 (-5)
I started very well today. I was three-under after five holes. All good for me out there today. It’s great playing with Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Louis Oosthuizen. Playing with them gives me a lot of confidence. I learned a lot of things from them. It’s nice to see my name on the leaderboard out there and on the first day of the tournament. I made the cut in Malaysia last week for the first time and that gave me a boost in confidence as well. Of course, the experience from EurAsia Cup has helped me as well. Playing with Jamie Donaldson and Graeme McDowell at the EurAsia Cup has taught me a lot. I’ve learned to be patient with my game, try to calm down and always stay positive. That way, you will be able to hit your best shot.
ANTHONY KANG (USA) – FIRST ROUND 67 (-5)
I surprised even myself with such a good score. You know, I’m getting  old and I’m just enjoying my time on the golf course nowadays. But today’s score shows that I still have the talent to play good golf. I got off to a really good start in my front-nine, dropped a couple of shots on the back-nine but overall it was good. It’s definitely a good start to my challenge this week and hopefully it continues to stay this way.
CHAPCHAI NIRAT (THA) – FIRST ROUND 68 (-4)
I changed my putter recently and the results have paid off today. I haven’t been putting that well recently and I thought it’s time for a change. It showed today as I managed to hole several long putts and that has brought back lots of confidence. This golf course suits my eye as it long and the fairways are pretty wide. I just need to maintain this momentum for the next three days.
CAMERON SMITH (AUS) – FIRST ROUND 68 (-4)
I started off pretty slow on the front nine. I chipped in an eagle on the ninth and that kept me going. I had a bogey on the 17th which was a little disappointing. The weather is a bit hot today and it got breezy towards the end which made it very tricky. Overall, I had a pretty good day. The experience playing on the Asian Tour since coming through Qualifying School earlier this year has been pretty good. I played my first event in the Philippines earlier but missed the cut unfortunately. I have been practicing hard since and hopefully I can play well this week.
JAZZ JANEWATTANANOND (THA) – FIRST ROUND 68 (-4)
Like I said earlier, this is the first time I’m playing three events in a row and mentally I’m all charged up even though I’m still feeling a little tired. Things really went very well for me today and I couldn’t ask for more. I drove the ball well and managed to hole some long putts which is always nice. I just want to continue doing the things that I did today and hopefully I can have a good result to show for this week.
BERND WIESBERGER (AUT) – FIRST ROUND 68 (-4)
It was quite hot out there but luckily we managed to get through the round. I had good up and down. I had several terrible shots in between and I didn’t take several chances especially early in the round but it was a good finish especially with my birdies on 16 and 17. I’ve been looking forward since Sunday last year to come back and defend my title. This is a golf course which I really like and can play well here. There will be a little bit of advantage for me to play in the morning tomorrow as there will be less humidity and I hope to capitalise on that. The conditions in the morning are more favourable for scoring.
BERRY HENSON (USA) – FIRST ROUND 70 (-2)
I’ll take my two-under anytime. It wasn’t pretty early as a couple of putts didn’t go in the middle of my round and I didn’t make too much mistakes after that. My caddie and I have been trying to build some momentum as I haven’t been playing my best. My game’s not as sharp as I’m not hitting the way I want. And I’m not putting the way I want it to be. We are just trying to take each round as it comes, build on it and keep working on the right things and eventually it will start to click again. Golf will be a lot easier than it has been.
GEORGE GANDRANATA (INA) – FIRST ROUND 71 (-1)
I played pretty well today. I have a plan on attacking this golf course according to my skills set and it went well for me today. I hit it really straight and I hit a lot of greens. When I did miss the greens, I tried to hit it close and made the putts I needed to make. I play the par three really well today. I made birdies on 4th and 11th and I guess that was the key today. I hit very good shots there. I missed a few greens going towards the last few holes. Overall it was a good round.
I’m happy to be the highest placed Indonesian on the leaderboard right now but I am pretty confident with the quality of our players. I think we will see a lot more of them climbing up the leaderboard later today. I’ll stick to the same game plan for tomorrow. I’ll just work on my accuracy and my putting. Hopefully I can play as well as I did today or better.
The key to playing well on this course is to putt well. You got to put it in the right spot and you need to make the putt. The greens here are really sloppy. You have to put it in the right spot.