HIO Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 07 Nov 2013

HIO Rd 1 What They Said

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Siddikur (Ban) – First Round 66 (-6)
This is one of my favourite golf courses and I always love playing here. It was a great round because I was bogey-free on this course. It was a little bit chilly and foggy but it was a nice weather. The conditions of the fairway and the greens were so good.
I like golf courses where you need to place your ball. Yes, I used the driver and my hitting and putting were excellent. I hit the driver for four or five times. I always use the driver on this course.
I learnt something from Keegan Bradley and Bubba Watson (played with them in the opening two rounds at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia). They play very aggressively. Most players can hit the ball but not all of them can play like them. Since then, I’ve been trying to play more aggressively and the results seem to be showing.
I just enjoyed my golf and I’m enjoying the way I’ve been playing. Your round can either be very good or it can be very bad when you play aggressively. I have good memories on this golf course. I’m really going to enjoy this week.
Mardan Mamat (Sin) – First Round 66 (-6)
I’m pleased with how I struck the ball from tee to green. I’m very fortunate to make some putts. I was very patient and I played it one shot at a time. That’s the key to my good round.
I rushed my shot on the 17th hole and my grip slipped so I pulled my shot into the bunker. I hit a good shot out of the trap to about three feet but missed that.
My season hasn’t been good. It was okay earlier in the year but I’ve been struggling in the last four weeks.
It is always nice to play at Delhi. This course suits me a lot because I’m not a long hitter. I just keep it straight and make sure I hole some putts.
It is very good to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Indian Open. During my pro-am on Wednesday, I saw my photo when I won in 2004 plastered on the wall at the hospitality tent. It was nice to see the photo among all the other winners of the Indian Open. That certainly gave me some motivation.
Notable birdie details:
Hole 6: Chip-in birdie (20 feet) from the greenside bunker
Holes 2, 3: Birdie from 10 feet.
Hole 10: I hit a good drive to about eight feet.
Pariya Junhasavasdikul (Tha) – First Round 66 (-6)
This is probably one of the best rounds I shot at Delhi Golf Club! The course has been kind to me. I didn’t have confidence in my swing. I just picked a target and tried to hit my ball there. Somehow it worked out. Yeah, the secret to play well here is to hit it straight!
I tried something new. I’m always a guy, who lines up my putt but today I didn’t line it up. I guess it worked. I just trusted in my instinct. I decided to change because the ball didn’t go to where I wanted it to go.
Chapchai Nirat (Tha) – First Round 66 (-6)
My game was very good. I’ve been struggling with my putter for quite a while but I recently changed to the belly putter which is working for me. It was a solid round for me and the only big mistake I made was a double bogey on the 14 (hit his tee shot into the bushes and needed to take a drop). There are a few more event left on the calendar and I’m very hungry for a win. I really want to win because my game is in good shape. Mentally I’m strong as well so I think I have a good chance.
Rahil Gangjee (Ind) – First Round 66 (-6)
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My longest putt was on the eighth hole from 20 feet. I kept it going, I didn’t stop making birdies. I lost track of my score which is a good thing! Sometimes when you go low then it happens. I was aware of what I was doing but I just lost track of my score.
I had no idea that Siddikur was on -6. It is still too early in the tournament to bother me. I had a good feeling at making par on the last hole (9th hole). I’ve done it so many times here after getting in trouble here. I had good confidence in that putt.
The last hole was the only hole that I got in trouble. I hit my tee shot a little to the right and it was in the rough. I had to hit a wedge out and hit my approach to about 12 feet or so.
It is good to be part of the history. We were looking at the book on the Hero Indian Open and we were laughing at the picture of Chowrasia! It is awesome to see such old pictures. Hopefully this tournament grows from strength to strength and becomes bigger. Indian golf has to grow and hopefully we can do something about it.
The season has been pretty good. I had a win on the PGTI so it has been going pretty good but I want to win on the Asian Tour. That’s my aim this week.
Jay Bayron (Phi) – First Round 68 (-4)
I’m happy with my score because the golf course is very difficult to play on! But I like this golf course because I’m a short hitter. This is probably my best score on this course. I never used driver at all today, only five-wood and my rescue club. I have the driver in the bag but I’m not going to use it. My season hasn’t been good so far but I’m feeling confident heading into this week. You always have good confidence when you get off to a good start. I had one chip-in on hole four (20 yards).
S.S.P. Chowrasia (Ind) – First Round 69 (-3)
Yeah, I’m happy with my score. Overall my game is okay except my hitting. I struggled with my second shot. My putting was average. I chipped in for birdie on the 10th hole (20 feet), which was my first hole for the day. My season hasn’t been good because I lost my card on the European Tour. I plan to play more on the Asian Tour now.