#IMGOLF16 Preview What They Said

Wed 05 Oct 2016

#IMGOLF16 Preview What They Said


Anirban Lahiri (Ind)

It is nice to be back. It has been two years and it is always nice to come back where you have good memories and played well. I’ve always enjoyed coming to Jakarta. It is always warm so it is nice to be back.

I have a lot of fond memories here. It was my first win outside of India. To win on the 72nd hole with an eagle, it was dark and it was dramatic but it was also amazing. This is a golf course which I enjoy playing on.

When I won this event, it was the start of one of the best phases of my career so far. In 2014 and 2015, I won four times and I got my European Tour, PGA Tour cards and broke into the top-50 in the world.

Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India

This year has been a big adjustment for me to move from the Asian Tour to the European Tour and to the PGA Tour. Firstly the competition is much tougher. I got injured a few months ago, in fact, this is only my second tournament after my injury.

This year has been riddled with a lot of different aspects which I have to deal with. Obviously I’m disappointed not to have a better but having a bad year where you play in the Majors and you keep your PGA Tour card in your rookie year, I’ll take a bad year like this anytime.

I’m working on my health because I’ve travelled too much. I played 64 events in two years at one point and that included playing on three different Tours. I’ve come back here looking to build up some form. This is Asia and this is home for me. This is where I started my journey so hopefully when I go back to the United States in a few months, I will carry all the positivity with me.

Thitiphun Chuayprakong (Tha)

I had a lot of pressure in the last round in Korea. The feeling was different when I won my first title in Bangladesh. The conditions were tough and I didn’t have the confidence in my putting and driver. For sure I was nervous. When I get myself into contention more, I won’t feel the pressure.

After I finished the round last week, I looked back at all the mistakes I made. I talked to my caddy and my father because he knew what happened to me. I told myself, never mind, I have a chance to win in Indonesia and in many more events.

I finished fifth here last year and it is a new week for me. Honestly, I don’t want to think about the past. My game is good after playing in the pro-am and I’m feeling confident again. I realised that I hit it too much to the right but think that I’m hitting it straight. I adjust a bit and now it is feeling good.

I have a lot of confidence now and I’m happy to be back. This year the course is in very good condition. I think it is the best so far.

Gaganjeet Bhullar of India Gaganjeet Bhullar of India

Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind)

Coming back from last week’s victory, this is a place where I’ve played well in the past. I’ve got fond memories of this place and I’m striking the ball well. The golf course is set up in a really good way.

I really like the greens here. I’m feeling so comfortable every time when I come here. There are a few elements which help me do well here. I’ve been playing on this Tour for many years so I’m used to the weather delays.

George Gandranata (Ina)

I practised a lot of my long irons because this course is quite long for me. Putting as always will be important here. Pressure playing at home? I like pressure. It helps you perform better. I think as a professional you have to deal with the pressure. I like playing at home and in front of my home fans. It is a great opportunity and experience for me to grow in my career.