HKO Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 17 Oct 2014

HKO Rd 2 What They Said

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ERNIE ELS (Rsa) – Second Round 65 (-5), Total 131 (-9)
Q.  I take it that's a nice way to celebrate your birthday with a round of 65?
ERNIE ELS:  Yeah, thanks.  I played quite nicely and obviously 65 is exactly what I needed to do.
The course is there for the taking, so we'll see if I'm leading by the end of the day.  But I'm looking forward to the rest of the week obviously in a good position.
Q.  Genuinely there for a taking; you have to think there's chance upon chance?
ERNIE ELS:  Yeah, when I'm on, I'm playing nicely.  I lost my concentration a little bit after the fourth hole, so I didn't play quite as good as I did at the beginning of the round.  So I'd like to improve on that.  But I feel really good about my ball striking.  I'm putting it nice.
Q.  Is that down to concentration?
ERNIE ELS:  I think the shot was on but it wasn't really    I didn't really have to go for it.  So it was probably a bit of a mental mistake on my part.  But I was trying to squeeze something out of it and it didn't quite pay off.  I think put it down to a mistake, and move on from there.
Q.  You certainly had a sweet patch of four birdies in five holes?
ERNIE ELS:  Yeah, exactly, that's why I say I really had a good run going.  The fourth hole was a bit of a bummer but, you know, I feel like my game's right there.  I love the golf course and I love the old style conditional golf that we play here, and the greens are great.  So if I'm on tomorrow, you know, we'll try and shoot something low.
Q.  I appreciate you say people can shoot low this afternoon, but you find yourself in a lovely position right at the moment.  Presumably that's what was required of today.
Hong Kong Open - Day OneERNIE ELS:  Yeah, especially after yesterday's good start, I needed to continue in that fashion.  Obviously I had it really going.  It could have been really low but I am where I am and I'm really happy with the way I've started this tournament.  I've got a good chance of having a good chance on Sunday.
Q.  Will you allow yourself to celebrate a birthday?
ERNIE ELS:  Yeah, without any alcohol, you know, I'll have a bit of cake and go back to the hotel, have a shower, relax and see what we do for dinner tonight.
RAPHAËL JACQUELIN (Fra) – Second Round 67 (-3), Total 133 (-7)
Q.  Tell us about a very neat and tidy round that's given you a lovely position on this leaderboard?
RAPHAËL JACQUELIN:  Yeah, I've been playing well this week.  So I know the course pretty well.  It can be tricky but you've got a lot of birdie position if you put the ball in play.  So that's makes it a really big difference if you can be in the fairway because you've got some short irons to the greens, but if you are in the semi rough, you're in the semi rough or rough, you can get a big flyer and it's difficult to putt it on the green.
So yeah, I've been hitting a lot of fairways, and yeah, I played really well.
Q.  Tends to set up well with the length and strategy that's involved?
RAPHAËL JACQUELIN:  Yeah, what you saw, yeah, it's great.  I mean, I know exactly what I have to do and like I said, and for the rest, as usual, try to be patient and try to hole some putts on these greens.  They are pretty good, pretty fast.  Could be really fast down the grain, down the hill but rolling the ball really well.  So you have to just be patient, again, but as usual.
Q.  Feeling good about the game in general terms?
RAPHAËL JACQUELIN:  So so.  Sometimes it's getting a bit difficult this year.  I'm not doing my best here but it's not over for us so I'm going to fight till the end.  And for the rest, yeah, not so patient.  As I said, you have to be patient.  It's a bit frustrating when you know you can do it and you're not doing it.  But that's golf.
Q.  It does sound like there have been frustrations and annoyances of trying to work hard and still not seeing the results?
RAPHAËL JACQUELIN:  We are all the same.  I'm not the only one.  We are all trying to do our best and if you are not patient, you are not going to do it, so that's another key.
S.S.P CHOWRASIA (Ind) – Second Round 65 (-5), Total 134 (-6)
S.S.P CHOWRASIA:  Really, really very good.  I just had a few putts, long putts and it's really very nice.  I played very good yesterday also but just a few putts missed.
Q.  That's the trick; was the form on the greens better in the morning?
S.S.P CHOWRASIA:  Yes, less wind and more pure greens.  So it's a little bit of an advantage, yeah.
Q.  You always enjoy coming back here, don't you?
S.S.P CHOWRASIA:  I'm enjoying everywhere.
Q.  But I think just about everybody likes Hong Kong and presumably you like playing with the sun on your back like this.
S.S.P CHOWRASIA:  It's nice weather, nice and sunny here.  Not very warm like Singapore, Malaysia.  So it's really nice.
Q.  Put this round into context.  How have you been playing?
S.S.P CHOWRASIA:  Yeah, I'm quite happy for my game.  And I'm looking forward the next two days.
Q.  And your approach, still positive?
S.S.P CHOWRASIA:  Yeah, always positive, whenever I played bad or good, I'm always thinking positive.
Q.  Sounds easy to say, probably not easy to do all the time?
S.S.P CHOWRASIA:  Yes, obviously but I'm trying myself, positive.
Q.  I take it you consider that into the weekend, because you've got more and more used to being in contention in events?
S.S.P CHOWRASIA:  Yes, actually same thing hopefully I'm doing well, so I'm positive.
S.S.P Chowrasia of India S.S.P Chowrasia of India
Q.  Do you have an idea of the score that will be necessary this week?
S.S.P CHOWRASIA:  The winning score going around 15 under or something.
Q.  A few more putts to hole?
S.S.P CHOWRASIA:  Yes, yes, many holes left, two days left.  So hopefully, see.
WADE ORMSBY (Aus) – Second Round 67 (-3), Total 134 (-6)
Q.  Certainly looked like you got it going on the second round.
WADE ORMSBY:  Yeah, a few more birdies.  I'm not making too many mistakes.  I made two bogeys in the end there, one on the last.  But yeah, my game is well suited for this place.  I've just got to keep plodding along and keep trying to take the birdies where I can get them.
Q.  It does seem year after year, I have a little conversation with you here at Fanling.  It is suited to you?
WADE ORMSBY:  Yeah, I do hit it quite straight.  Short game is normally quite tidy.  So that's the type of place it is.  Yeah, keep adding them up and hopefully I'll be in the front.
Q.  Good with the strategy, know where to hit it?
WADE ORMSBY:  Yeah, you kind of see all the shots around here.  The wind is tricky.  It's hard to work out where it's coming from even though you know where it should be coming from.  It's just a matter of trying to trust what you've got and go ahead and hit it.
Q.  Sounds stupid to talk about the wind.  There's barely any, it's a light breeze?
WADE ORMSBY:  It's not gusting but feels like it's doing enough to throw you out a little bit.
Q.  Put this into context.  How have you been playing?
WADE ORMSBY:  Made a lot of cuts lately but just haven't got in the hunt.  Game's not too bad.  I know I probably haven't been hitting it as good as what I want to or as much control as what I want to.  Went back to Adelaide last week home, did a day's work with my coach, found out why it's not behaving, tuned it up a little bit and come up here and it's better.  It's good.
Q.  Probably something simple.
WADE ORMSBY:  Same stuff with us.  It's always something.  It's something in the backswing, get a little bit inside, get a little bit more outside, gives me more coming out    it's what a lot of us struggle with, having the club behind us coming down.  Just get it out in front of me and try to keep playing well.  Just keep chipping away.
MARCUS FRASER (Aus) – Second Round 67 (-3), Total 134 (-6)
MARCUS FRASER:  Yeah, not what I expected after eight months out of the game but nice to be back here first and foremost, but to be playing well is a bit of a bonus.  Yeah, nice to be back in Hong Kong.  It's a great golf course.
Q.  Feel good standing over the ball?
MARCUS FRASER:  Feels all right.  I've been practicing last few weeks, getting back into it.  Wasn't sure what to expect but everything is going okay at the moment so hopefully there's more of that.
I've been playing a few rounds on my home course in Melbourne but to come out on Tour and play in tournament conditions is completely different.  There's a bit of the unknown but everything is going okay at the moment.
Q.  You mentioned it, eight months, last time we saw you on The European Tour was Dubai.  What's happened in the interim?
MARCUS FRASER:  I pulled out after the first round in Dubai.  Struggled with my hand.  Had to have a bone taken out of my hand and some tendonitis on the left hand side.  Three months of injections on the left side of it and hopefully now it's all sorted and we can get back into playing some good golf.
Q.  Presumably it was worrying for a while.
MARCUS FRASER:  Yeah, not so much worrying.  Just something into had to be done.  Tried cortisone.  Started at the British Open last year.  Tried cortisone a couple times and wore off after four or five weeks.  The last resort was to have surgery and I had to go and do it.  Everything's been fine ever since.  Hopefully it holds up.
Q.  It was the back before, and that was career threatening.
MARCUS FRASER:  Yeah, had a disc replaced in my neck 3 1/2 years ago.  I suppose when you don't look after yourself, you're bound to have some injuries along the way.  Just one of those things that hopefully that's the last of all these injuries.  Starting to show my age I think.
Q.  Prognosis is good, I reckon full recovery should be fine?
MARCUS FRASER:  Yeah, the surgeons and osteo, she's happy.  So if they are all happy, I'm out here playing golf which means I'm happy.
Q.  When you find yourself in this position on a course you really enjoy into the weekend, do you start having those great ambitions once again?
MARCUS FRASER:  Yeah, for sure.  As I said I didn't know what to expect coming here this week.  But obviously to get back to tournament golf, the idea was to come back for this tournament, because it's probably my favourite week of the year.  You know, to come back and be playing well at this tournament is always nice, because I do love it here, that's for sure.
Lu Wei-chih of Chinese Taipei Lu Wei-chih of Chinese Taipei
Lu Wei-chih (Tpe) – Second Round 68 (-2), Total 134 (-6)
I’m still playing good. My tee shots were great and that pulled me up. My plan is to find the fairway and take it from there. I holed my bunker shot from the edge of the green for birdie on 13 and that was the highlight for me. I’m in good position and only I feel slightly tired now. I don’t practice much to preserve my energy and usually just putt and chip after the round.
Prom Meesawat (Tha) – Second Round 66 (-4), Total 137 (-3)
I had 153 yards to the hole and I used my nine iron. I hit it straight at the pin and the ball rolled into the hole from eight feet. I was very happy. This is my fifth hole-in-one in a tournament. I will try to win the car during the weekend!
I have great memories here with the hole-in-one and finishing second last year. I won a bottle champagne (Magnum of Deutz Champagne) so I will enjoy it with my friends tonight!
Obviously it is always a happy thing to get a hole-in-one in a tournament. It is not easy to make it so hopefully next time I can get a car! I struggled with my putter on my first nine but recovered nicely.
After the hole-in-one I made birdie, birdie and missed a short putt for birdie on hole five so the ace gave me some momentum.