Dubai Open Rd 2 - What they said

Fri 19 Dec 2014

Dubai Open Rd 2 - What they said

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Pavit Tangkamolprasert (Tha) – Second Round 70 (-2), Total 137 (-7)
Q. Well played, 70 today for the joint lead on 7 under.  You must be happy with your position.
PAVIT TANGKAMOLPRASERT:  Yes, I'm very happy with my performance today.  Actually I hit    my game was very solid today.  I hit good irons, a lot of birdie chances, but only one bad hole.  But yeah.
Q.  What happened on 16?
PAVIT TANGKAMOLPRASERT:  On 16 I hit driver in the bunker and I had 50 yards to the flag, and I tried to hit it too hard.  The full swing with the ball, it went like 100 over everything to the desert.  I cannot get it out and make four on, two putts, yeah, that's double on a short par 4.
Q.  But a good birdie on the last hole to get you back up on 7 under.
PAVIT TANGKAMOLPRASERT:  Yeah, it's a good comeback on the last hole.
Q.  How do you feel now for the weekend?
PAVIT TANGKAMOLPRASERT:  I will try to, yeah, play my game, hit on    I know that my putting is working this week.  I'll try to hit as many greens as I can, and I can do the putt, yeah.
Q.  You won three times on the Asian development Tour this year.  What would it mean to maybe win on the Asian Tour this week?
PAVIT TANGKAMOLPRASERT:  Yeah, this is my last chance to play on the Asian Tour this week.  Yeah, I think it's a    I feel very confident now because I played like I didn't feel pressure myself because I already have Tour card next year, and I learn a lot before I came this week from the past event.  Yeah, I feel very confident.
Q.  What can you bring from those wins to this tournament the next two days?
PAVIT TANGKAMOLPRASERT:  Yeah, actually it's the same.  It's me against the golf course, you know.  But on this Tour, yeah, a bit tough, but yeah, I learned how to make cut now the past weeks, and now, yeah, I think it's the same playing on the last two days, you just focus and just play your game.
Q.  You said your coach is here with you this week.
PAVIT TANGKAMOLPRASERT:  Yeah, he's caddying.
Q.  Is that a big help for you?
PAVIT TANGKAMOLPRASERT:  Yeah, he helps me a lot.  Every shot he gives me a mental and gives me a plan.  He knows my game well.  He knows my shape, and he helps me plan.  I think that's the big issue, yes.
Q.  What's his name?
PAVIT TANGKAMOLPRASERT:  Pompetch.
Shiv Kapur (Ind) – Second Round 66 (-6), Total 137 (-7)
Q.  Tell us something about your round today.
SHIV KAPUR:  Solid performance, I guess.  Started off holing my second shot on the first hole, so that's always a great way to start the day, and I pretty much just eliminated the mistakes on my card.  Made one bogey in two rounds, and I haven't made a ton of putts or a ton of birdies, but when you keep the bogeys off the card, you're usually going to be there or thereabouts.
Q.  What did you hit on 1?
SHIV KAPUR:  I hit a 6 iron. I don't remember exactly what it was, 190, 185.
Q.  And what were the conditions like, and how will this affect the tournament?  Are you planning on winning it?
SHIV KAPUR:  Well, I'm planning on winning it, yeah.  But it's tough to say.  I haven't really had a hard look at the leaderboard.  I know I'll be in position going into the weekend, and that's the most important thing.  There's a lot of golf left.  The conditions today I thought were a little bit easier than yesterday.  I thought the wind blew a bit more yesterday and made it a little trickier.  Today we got slightly milder conditions even though the breeze got up on the back nine.  All in all, I think it was an easier day.  The greens were probably better when I played yesterday in the morning.  In the afternoon they get a little bumpy so it's tough to hole a ton of putts.  But all in all, I'm happy in the position I'm in after 36 holes, and I'll have a chance going into the weekend.
Q.  What's with you and Dubai?
SHIV KAPUR:  I like Dubai.  It's my second home. Yeah, I'm a resident of Dubai, have lots of friends and family here.  I love this place.  The last time it was the season ending event, I won, so fingers crossed I can continue the mojo.
Q.  What do you think about the Els Club?  This is the first tournament happening here.
SHIV KAPUR:  Yeah, I really like the place.  I've come here, practiced in the past.  Justin and his team, they've been really nice to me.  They allow me the courtesy of coming and practicing here.  I've played here a few times, as well.  Really, really big fan of it.  This new clubhouse, it's a fantastic setting.  I think from an Asian Tour perspective, this is one of the finest events we have, and it would be nice to see this tournament grow and become the Tour Championship in years to come.
Q.  Has it given you a little edge knowing the course better than the rest maybe?
SHIV KAPUR:  I haven't played it in two, three years, so I played it two, three years ago when it was just sort of maturing as a golf course, so I won't say I really know the layout well, but I'm quite comfortable playing in Dubai, playing in desert conditions.  I think all in all, we play a lot of European Tour events in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, so kind of get used to Middle East golf a little bit, and I really enjoy it.
Q.  Strong Indian presence on the leaderboard after two days.
SHIV KAPUR:  Yeah, it'll be good.  I saw Gaganjeet and Arjun's name up there.  Obviously Dubai has got a huge Indian community, so it will be good on the weekend for them to come and cheer for all the Indian players, so I think it'll be good fun.
Arjun Atwal (Ind) – Second Round 65 (-7), Total 138 (-6)
Q. That must have felt like a special day.
ARJUN ATWAL:  Yeah, it felt really good, actually.  Felt like the old days.  It was good.  Yeah, no mistakes, no bogeys.  Solid.  And it was playing    it was easy, it was gettable.
Q.  Conditions were favorable?
ARJUN ATWAL:  Yeah, it was easier than yesterday in the afternoon.  Hopefully it blows in the afternoon because yesterday was tough in the afternoon.  I found a little something in my putting.  Just yesterday I made an adjustment on the golf course, and I started making some putts.
Q.  The last few weeks you've been playing a bit more.  Is this a result of just being out here competing?
ARJUN ATWAL:  I think so.  I haven't played this many in a row in two years.  You know, obviously I'm trying to get comfortable under pressure.  Actually I know where my misses are going to be, so I limit that, so it's better.
Q.  Nice to get the adrenaline flowing, as well?
ARJUN ATWAL:  Yeah, it didn't really flow that much, but if I'm in contention Sunday probably it will.
Q.  Is there anything you need to work on the next couple days?
ARJUN ATWAL:  No.  Tired.  Keep going, doing the same thing.  It's five in a row, and I'm playing next week in Calcutta, as well, in our Tour Championship over there.  I'm going to rest up.
Q.  Does the golf course fit you?
ARJUN ATWAL:  Yeah, it's not bad.  You know, it's set up pretty fair by the Asian Tour.  They could play it all the way back and then it would be pretty unfair, but it's a fair setup.
Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) – Second Round 69 (-3), Total 138 (-6)
Q.  Nice strong finish there with two birdies in the last three holes.
GAGANJEET BHULLAR:  Yeah, it was a great finish.  I gave myself a lot of opportunities coming down the stretch.  But really lucky on No. 7, I holed a bunker shot.  8 was a good eagle try.  Quite happy with birdie.  You know, the finishing last hole I gave myself a good opportunity.  I was about seven, eight feet for a birdie.  But anyways, today was a consistent round.  Hit a lot of greens in regulation.  Gave myself a lot of opportunities to go deeper, but still two more rounds to go.
Q.  After the injuries that you had and just coming back recently, do you feel like you're finding your groove again on the golf course?
GAGANJEET BHULLAR:  Absolutely.  You know, Indonesia was the first week where I started, and it feels really weird to play the golf course from such a long length because I had lost about 20, 25 yards with my driver.  Last week was better, and I think this week it's coming back.  I can feel that my distance is coming ... it's pretty close to what I normally hit.  You know, it's really a great feeling to be inside the ropes and again competing with these guys.  I really missed this part for about two and a half, three months.
Q.  And this is a course which kind of like rewards long hitting, as well, doesn't it?
GAGANJEET BHULLAR:  It does.  You know, there are a few bunkers which you need to fly, and most of the bunkers are at 270, 280, 290, so I was ...  in fact, yesterday and today I was quite capable of flying those traps.  Yeah, really looking forward for the weekend, and the leaderboard looks really interesting.
Q.  A familiar name, as well, with you?
GAGANJEET BHULLAR:  Yes, Arjun.  I've never played with him.  Of course I've followed him and he's a good friend of mine, but it would be great if I got paired up with him tomorrow.  It's very nice for Indian golf, and he's one of the legends.  He has really given a lot to Indian golf, a lot of fame name, and it would be really good playing with him tomorrow.
Q.  Speak about the Asian Tour being in Dubai for the first time.  How big is it for you guys?
GAGANJEET BHULLAR:  It is.  We come here to play the European Tour event, and this was the only thing which we guys were missing.  I mean, look at the golf course, look at the condition.  It's just as good as any of the I would say European Tour or PGA Tour events.  I would say this was definitely much needed, and I would like to thank the sponsors for putting this event for we guys.
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Lam Chih Bing (Sin) – Second Round 74 (+2), Total 141 (-3)
Q. Did you miss an opportunity this morning?
LAM CHIH BING:  Yeah, I did.  The thing is I hit the ball exactly the same as I did yesterday.  I was hitting it pretty solid, just the putts didn't drop today.  Simple as that.
Q.  It was down to the greens then?
LAM CHIH BING:  Yeah, it was just around the greens.  I missed six greens today and I shot 7 over on those six holes.  I made my share of birdies, but yeah, I just need to stop making soft bogeys.
Q.  I suppose the only consolation is that you're only three behind the current leader, which is not many on this course, right?
LAM CHIH BING:  I mean, I don't know where it's going, but I guess.  Obviously I'm still in with a chance, yeah.  Again, I just need the putts to drop like they did yesterday.
Q.  Will you go back to the putting green later on?
LAM CHIH BING:  Yeah.
Mo Joong-kyung (Kor) – Second Round 71 (-1), Total 141 (-3)
It was very cold this morning and I didn’t have any proper cloths. It was pretty chilly. I had a rough start with two bogeys but I managed to bring it back for a one-under card. That eagle kind of change dmy day. I hit a good shot which I thought would be close but it went in. I had 106 yards and used a 52 degree wedge. I wasn’t having a good day but that turned it around. I can’t think about it on the course. Just concentrate on every shot. I’m not really happy with my swing but I’m just managing. I’m going to practice my putting as I missed quite a few birdie chances.
Chiragh Kumar (Ind) – Second Round 75 (+3), Total 148 +4)
I didn’t play well on the front nine and fought hard on the back nine. But I made a stupid error on the last hole which I think will cost me my card. It’s not the easiest thing but I guess it’s part of the game. It was easier than yesterday but I just didn’t play well.
I haven’t given it any thought I need to see what I’m going to do. You’ll definitely see me out here next year whether I go back to Qschool or not.
Rattanon Wannasrichan (Tha) – Second Round 70 (-2), TOTAL 145 (+1)
I didn’t start good but after six holes, it got better. On seven, I hit a seven iron to about a flag and although I didn’t make birdie, I got confidence from there. I will try to play better in the last two rounds. My target will be to get to five under for the tournament. My driving and iron play are not so good, so I need to do some work on the practice range.