EurAsia Cup-Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 28 Mar 2014

EurAsia Cup-Rd 2 What They Said

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March 28: Read what players have to say after the second round of the foursomes matchplay at the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM on Friday.
TEAM ASIA
Thongchai JAIDEE (Tha)
My team is playing our game, and a half today for my match is good for me. I enjoyed playing with Miguel. I am happy my team played well too.  We have three points and tomorrow is the last day.  It’s singles tomorrow and we have 10 points to snatch. I’ve to plan this afternoon, hopefully it turns out well tomorrow.
It's going to be hard tomorrow and we need to be prepared for some hard work.  I will try my best.  My team as well. I hope we play well again tomorrow.
I am really happy with three points today.  We will try to catch up tomorrow. There is still ten points for us to grab tomorrow. Europe has very good players and they are a very strong team.
I would like to thank my team for playing well today and yesterday. I will try and work on my team work and hopefully we do a good job tomorrow.
The Japanese players did a good job today, My team has shown good team work. Our pairings were good today.
Miguel has got four eagles in two rounds. He’s playing great. He and Pablo played well today.Their putting was amazing.
We need another seven and a half points to win.  In golf, you never know tomorrow. We will try our best. I’ve been telling my team members to put the ball in the fairway, make chance for yourselves and get on the green and putting well, and we win.  Anything can happen tomorrow.
The European players have played together many times. They have so many tournaments like this. They have very strong mental games.  Some players in my team have no experience.
You have to hit the ball in the fairway and then make a chance to hit a shot, even you hit a lot of fairways, you can't miss anything, because the course is not very long.  But most important tomorrow, I told my players, no need to go long.  If you hit a lot of fairways, you can make some chance to make some points tomorrow.
Anyway, I hope all my players can enjoy the game tomorrow, just play their own games, that's the game plan. You can play very well but anything can happen tomorrow.
Prayad MARKSAENG (Tha)
Kim played very steady today and we just keep going and help each other.  Our tee shots were very good today. Our iron shots are good too. Everything was okay. Great game.
We have played in Japan and we know each other. It's a good combination for us today.
It’s good to be the first to win today and this make other team more active to fight for tomorrow.
KIM Hyung-sung (Kor)            
It definitely feels great to win. It was a little upsetting for us yesterday but Nicholas and I had played well. It was fun and it was good to win with Prayad on my side.
We got the good vibes today and I'd like to go out and root for my other teammates after this. It will probably give them a little confidence out there and I'd like to be out there rooting my teammates.
Well, the gloves have to come off.  It feels good to win, so tomorrow will be a very critical match tomorrow. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's matches and hopefully our team will do well today.
Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (Tha)
This 50 year old (Jimenez) was out to kick our back again and the way he’s playing, he can win a Major. It was a tight match and it was really fun today.
I was playing solid golf but I was struggling on the back nine a bit. Didn’t hit good drives and missed some fairways but Thongchai’s recovery was so good. It was good team work. We tried so hard and to get a halve point was good.
Thongchai is doing a great job this week. The way he’s playing, he can get a point tomorrow. You can see that we’ve turned things around and he’s getting on with the job well.
We had a good chance to a birdie putt in the last couple of holes. I played solid on the front nine but when we had an important shot, I couldn’t make it today. I holed an eagle on 11 to tie the hole and holed another putt on 13 to tie the hole as well. I should have played better than this.
Thongchai was working hard to get the team right. You can see that it turned around. We have a chance now to catch up tomorrow. He just told us to enjoy and go for it. And show to the Europeans that we can fight with them. It was good teams today which made the golf easier.
We both did a good job today.  Thongchai was great.  We helped each other really well.  I made a couple putts, and when he missed we can get recovery.  But today it was great golf and a half point and happy with the result.  Hope we are up early on the first couple matches tomorrow.
I mean, we have a lot of confidence coming back tomorrow.  We can see the golf today, after TJ the captain worked so hard to change the team partner and it turned the golf around.  We almost had five points today but Europe kept really strong the whole game, finished the last couple holes.
But anyway, we get three back, so I still think we can have a point the first couple matches tomorrow, we can change.
SIDDIKUR Rahman (Ban)
Well, it was a really great day for us, especially for me and Anirban.  I was really excited to play with him, one of my best friends on the Tour.  It was really great and we played really good golf, both of us.  We enjoyed ourselves, a lot. Really looking forward to tomorrow.
If we can play like this tomorrow, I think it will be a good fight for us.
Playing with Anirban has helped me a lot. We know each other's game from the beginning and we played good golf.  I’m glad we saved the last hole to win the match. I think our whole team did well today.
Anirban LAHIRI (Ind)
I think we played really well and hats off to the other team, they played really, really good.  Yeah, it's nice to get a full point for the team and after yesterday, both of us were really psyched and focused on recovering from yesterday and I'm glad that we have contributed to our teams. It would have been great if we got a another point and a half but yes, the day definitely does belong to us.
I think he is probably the easiest partner to play with because he doesn't miss.  He's hit every single fairway, and I'm used to hacking it out after my tee shots.  It was easy and he's such a great friend of mine over the years, it was awesome.  I think we did really well together. That putt was pretty much the putt for the day.
I don't think I putted badly but between the two of us, we misread a few lines and gelled really well.  On the last hole, Thongchai came in and he told us that Pablo also hit a hit putt from there.  I want to thank my coach, he's worked really hard on my putting, so I'm glad I pulled it off.
Koumei ODA (Jpn)
At first, the combination wasn’t very good and then the putter started getting hot. In the middle, we were up by one and we wanted to win. But when you think about it, we were three down, so a halve is a good result.
We played well as a team. The putting was just getting better and better and it was going in. We didn’t want to go down without a fight. We gave it all out best.
Hideto TANIHARA (Jpn)
Yesterday, we were down and started bad. Today was another day and we were behind and it wasn’t good at the beginning. Shot wise, we were solid. Putting was good. We didn’t talk too much, we just played better and better. We didn’t want to go down easily and we fought really hard.
We started out really slow.  We were behind the whole time yesterday, also today we were behind.  But we started playing better.  At one point we were down three and came back and we were up one.  We were looking for a win but they came back with a good birdie on 17.  But tomorrow, I think we'll have a good day tomorrow.
Gaganjeet BHULLAR (Ind)
We gave ourselves a lot of opportunities and both of us made a few unforced error on the back nine but I would say we have given our 100 per cent.  We thought we could walk away with one point but this is golf for you. It's quite funny.  Nicholas gave his hundred per cent and I think tomorrow is another day and we are quite positive that we are going to win pretty much all the singles tomorrow.
Yeah, the guys had a discussion about the strategy and felt really comfortable playing with each other.  Nicholas is a great player.  Today I actually get to see his game, and I think tomorrow we have a better chance and that's all we can do for Team Asia.
Well, tomorrow, we don't have anything to hold back.  We are going to go out and give 100 per cent and I have a feeling that, you know, most of our guys are going to win it tomorrow and it's going to be quite close.
Nicholas FUNG (Mas)
We started very well.  We were 2-up after eight holes, and missed a short putt on the ninth hole, so we still are up.  We are still playing well until the 11th, par 5.  GMac holed a great putt on 11.  I missed a few short putts. Everybody will be playing singles tomorrow, back to what we are most familiar with. Hopefully we can do better tomorrow.
We played solid the first six holes.  We was 2-up until the eighth hole, and missed a short putt on 9.  11, they make a quite long birdie putt to halve the hole.  But 13, 15, 16, I missed a short putt and that's why we lost.
Yeah, I think the first -- yesterday I'm playing well, today I'm playing well.  My confidence so good and I'm hitting so well, and tomorrow is a totally different games, because everyone is playing singles, so it's individual games.
So I'm very confident with my game, so tomorrow, yeah, so I think chance.
TEAM EUROPE
Miguel Angel JIMENEZ
At the end of the day I'm happy.  It's good to halve a couple of matches and another one, make two points today,7-3, it's a tough day, here until the heat and they played very well and we also played very well.  You know, this is match play, and foursomes, it's tough.  Tough matches and as you say, at one point, it looks like they are going to be lopsided like yesterday but we managed to get the points and that's good.
Yeah, it's very hot.  It's very humid.  Every single hole, you need to hydrate yourself, it's very important and these conditions, very tough for us.
You never know what's going to happen.  Both teams are playing well as you can see and it's going to be an interesting day tomorrow.  We see what happens.  The clubs have to talk tomorrow and it's going to be a tough day.  We are not used to this weather, and they have good teams and just try to keep focus and get the points as soon as possible.
We both try to do our best with putting the players there, and we'll see.  We'll have to play tomorrow and it's ten more points to play for tomorrow, and you never know what's going to happen.
It's very nice at the end, no, because at some point on the golf course, it looks like we are going to be on the other side of the coin, like yesterday we are on the other side.  But then we managed to find two points today and 7-3 for tomorrow.
Of course.  They are good players and they are used to this kind of weather.  At the end, we managed to get two points.  They managed to get three points today and keep the competition alive.
It was a very high-quality match.  We managed to have half a point, the whole day, both teams playing very well today.
Well, we try to see for tomorrow.  It's ten more points on the singles tomorrow, and trying to do your best.
Pablo LARRAZÁBAL
Yeah, looking at the results today, yeah, we needed that.  Miguel told me, you know, walking up the fairway, we need to win three to tie this match and we need this half point to possibly have the chance to go up going into the singles tomorrow.
It was good.  It was good.  I mean, we played great.  It was a good match.  We didn't hole any putts.  That was a little bit the key today.  This back nine, we've been playing good, but I couldn't hole putts and Miguel, as good as he's been putting, he cooled down after 11.
So you know, we fight, and it was a good fight to have this half point, and yeah, you know, we had in front two days probably the toughest team, the Thai guys.  We all know how good he's done.  Thongchai is a great player, and the big man is a such a big star, so one point and a half in front of those guys is great for us.
Graeme McDOWELL
It was just another grind today.  Down early, walking off the ninth green, no fault of our own really.  The boys played really well.  We were both under par there sort of the first 12, 13 holes, a couple under par and it was a good quality game.
We got lucky in the end and the boys were probably favorites playing 13, 14, 15, middle of the fairway, and they made some mistakes and thankfully we played solidly and we were able to capitalize
Yeah, it's going to be very interesting to talk to the guys when we go in here.
But without knowing, I'd say heat was a massive factor today.  It was extremely hot on the golf course today.  Jamie and I both were feeling this, especially in this very tough alternate-shot format, tough to get your rhythm anyway but when you feel like you're over heating, it's very difficult to focus and it's very difficult to hit your shots.
Like Jamie said, I think a lot of the guys looked like they have dug deep coming in and scraped a couple half matches and we are very happy with our point.  Whatever happens, we are in a nice commanding position going into the last day.
Jamie DONALDSON
It's tough to get your rhythm.  We played a lot of good golf in the middle there, and like Graeme said, the guys sort of took their foot off the pedal a little bit on a few holes, gave us a couple, but yeah, it's a tough format.  We played pretty solid all the way through, a couple more putts here and there, and we'd have been in a much stronger position but happy with it.  Very happy with the result.
Yeah, at one point it was looking really smelly.  It looked very, very red.  So for us to, well, a lot of the guys, looked like they turned them around and for us to turn that game around like we did yesterday was very important.
Stephen GALLACHER
It was quite a game of two halves really.  4-under the front nine and then 3-up, and then our opponents were the same, I think they were 4-under the back nine, so it was a great game.  You know, we had a chance.  We were 1-down with two to go.
They just held us with three birdies in a row.  So it went from sort of -- we went from 3-up to level and then they birdied the next hole -- about three holes later, and all of a sudden we're 1-down.  We finished birdie, birdie par.  Just a same I didn't hole the putt at the last.  Would have been a great game.
16, 17 was strong for us.  We put them under a bit of pressure and then just it was good enough for a halve but not good enough for the win.
No, it's rubbish, isn't it (Laughter).  No, seriously, though, this is where you want to be playing, isn't it.
Yeah, that's why it's so fun.  You're not playing for yourself.  You're playing for your team, your teammates, your continent, everybody.
When I looked up about half an hour ago, it was all red, so at least we've taken a wee bit off them.