Free-swinging Que enjoys strong start

Thu 30 Oct 2014

Free-swinging Que enjoys strong start

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Kuala Lumpur, October 30: Straight-thinking Angelo Que enjoyed a flying start at the US$7 million CIMB Classic, shooting a five-under-par 67 for tied second place on Thursday.
The bubbly Filipino, runner-up at the Hong Kong Open a fortnight ago, extended his run of good form at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club as he raced out in 31 before trading one more birdie against another dropped shot to trail leader Rikard Karlberg of Sweden by two strokes.
“I think I'm just doing things right which is trusting myself. Previously, every time I'm teeing it up, I'm still debating what to do, what kind of shot I'm going to hit. I've just been sticking to my game plan the past few weeks, and every time I have a shot, I commit to it, trusting it,” said Que.
He sank six birdies against a bogey on his outward nine, peppering the pins with some wonderful iron shots where the longest birdie putt was from five feet.
“I hit it good on both nines, actually.  It's just that on the front nine I hit it pretty much close on every hole. I think the pins on the back nine are tougher to get to. All in all, I'm still very happy I only missed two fairways and two greens.  Played very solid and didn’t have any doubts with myself, so it was good,” he said.
Two weeks ago, Que, nicknamed by friends as the Human Highlighter because of his bright attires, was not in the equation for the CIMB Classic, which is restricted to the leading available 10 players from the Asian Tour Order of Merit until two weeks ago.
In Hong Kong, he enjoyed a great run which included a magical approach shot on the 72nd hole to force a play-off which he subsequently lost to Australian Scott Hend.
“Whenever you're not sure, you know, you end up hitting a pretty lousy shot because it's not free.  You're having doubts.  So when you commit to a shot, even if it's the wrong club, at least you've committed to the shot,” he said.
“I learned that in Hong Kong, especially on the last hole where I committed to the shot and I hit a great shot. From then on, I think you just have to commit to it; you just have to trust it.  Whatever will be will be.”
With a stellar cast gathered in Malaysia, Que knows that he must keep his foot firmly on the pedal to have a shot at becoming the first Asian Tour winner at the CIMB Classic.
“Well, I'm not thinking too far ahead. I'm just going to keep on playing like how I'm playing.  I mean ever since Hong Kong I haven't been thinking of the result towards the end. I'm just thinking of the present and staying in the present, trying to hit every shot.  Just one shot at a time,” said the three-time winner.
“Although in the past years I've won, this is the most consistent I've played. I’ve hit a lot of greens, I’ve hit a lot of fairways and made a lot of putts. I haven't won in four years, but you know, I'm playing my best golf. I think I'm more relaxed.”
Que has stuck to his habit of not going to the range to warm up before the start of every round, preferring instead to chip and putt before he tees it up.  “I'm hitting the ball good. I don't want to mess it up. I want to remember those thoughts before I tee off, so I just keep doing what I'm doing, no range.  Just chip and putt,” said Que.
“My wife (Tracey) takes care of everything at home. All I have to do is just play.  You know, that's the best deal you're ever going to get. I'm always thinking about home, but at the same time I'm not worried because my wife is there and she's taking care of everything and she just tells me, you know, just do well and ‘I'll take care of everything’.”
The CIMB Classic, which is also sanctioned by the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia, is part of the season-long PGA TOUR FedExCup competition. The event was inaugurated in 2010 and is the only official PGA TOUR event to be held in Southeast Asia.
About CIMB Group
The title sponsor of the CIMB Classic is CIMB Group. CIMB Group is one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 9 out of 10 ASEAN nations. CIMB Group offers a full suite of financial services and related products; has a market capitalisation of approximately USD 19.0 billion as at 30 June 2014 and over 40,000 employees located in 18 countries. Read more about CIMB Group at www.cimb.com.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.
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About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf,www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.