#HIO2015 Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 19 Feb 2015

#HIO2015 Rd 1 What They Said

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Siddikur Rahman (Ban) – First Round 65 (-6) 
I played really good golf and made some long putts. My hitting was perfect so that was good. I always look forward to returning to the Delhi Golf Club. This is my favourite course.
This is a tight and narrow golf course. I’m a very accurate player so I really like this type of course. You always see me in good positions when I play here.
You have to plan your shots here and I know what to do here. I’m very excited to see my name on top the leaderboard. I injured my back last year and it is still bothering me. I hope I will be able to carry on my good form.
I haven’t 100% recovered from my injury. It bothered me last week so hopefully I will be fine this week.
SSP Chowrasia of India SSP Chowrasia of India
S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind) – First Round 65 (-6)
I played very well and was bogey free. I made some good putts and was hitting it good off the tees. It looked easy but it wasn’t! My putting was good so that’s the key.
I’ve played here many times so I know how to play this course. Richard (T. Lee) was playing well as well so it was fun to play with him.
This is my National Open and all the Indian golfers enjoy playing in this event. I’m not thinking too much on the course, I’m just enjoying myself.
All my family and friends are here so that’s nice. The winning score will be about 20-under. I’m playing well and I have good memories here.
It wasn’t very windy in the morning so that made things easier. The wind started to pick up after a few holes but I’m used to play in these conditions.
Richard T. Lee (Can) – First Round 65 (-6)
It’s a really challenging course out there so to finish the day with six birdies and no bogeys is some pretty good golf. You have to hit the right shots at the right times and I managed to make a few putts too. I like playing tight courses like this one.
There was a pretty strong breeze out there today as well so when I am playing in those conditions it kind of helps me concentrate a little more. I like challenging courses.
It takes a little time to get used to playing so many different courses and conditions. I played great in Malaysia and Thailand but the challenge there was so different. Here it’s tight and bouncy so to play well here after the last two weeks is pretty satisfying.
I have played here for the last two years though, so I definitely knew what to expect from this golf course. It was great to play with SSP today because not many guys have played as well as he has round here. He has won twice here and I have to say I learned a lot about managing this course by watching him hit certain shots today.
Chapchai Nirat (Tha) – First Round 65 (-6)
My iron and putting were good. I struggled with a shoulder (left) injury and I couldn’t hit the ball at all. I retired in Malaysia and missed the cut in Thailand last week because of the injury. I injured my shoulder in the gym and because I practised too much. I feel better now but it was slightly sore today. I have very good memories in India because I won in 2009 and set the world 72-hole scoring record. This week is important because I have a chance to win again.
Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka
Mithun Perera (Slk) – First Round 67 (-4)
I’m happy after not having a good week in Malaysia and Thailand. I could have gone lower but four-under is a good start. I played well in Thailand but missed by one shot again.
It is good to have a three co-sanctioned events especially at Delhi Golf Club because when I come here I always have a good feeling. I always do well here. If I can do something this week, it will open many doors for me.
The birdie 12th hole (started 10th hole) was the turning point because I just bogeyed the previous hole. I missed a few birdies but I’m still happy with the result.
Thanyakon Khrongpha (Tha) – First Round 68 (-3)
Yes I’m very happy with my scores because my tee shots and irons worked very well. I used my driver once on the 10th hole but I missed the fairway and made double bogey. After that I got better and didn’t pull out my driver.
I felt bad when I double bogeyed my first hole! It is very difficult to play here because you can’t use the driver. I played well in my last two events and I feel I’m getting better compared to last year. I didn’t do anything during the break, I just practised but I’m feeling more confident.