Indonesia Open: What They Said

Tue 26 Nov 2013

Indonesia Open: What They Said

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Read what players have to say ahead of the US$750,000 Indonesia Open which starts on Thursday.
Retief Goosen (Rsa)
I’ve had some problems with my back and I’ve not played much golf since last year. I think I only played one month of golf last year. I’m feeling good now. I started playing again about a month ago. I didn’t give myself any pressure and I feel great playing in the three events. It has been a tough year but it’s nice to be back and playing again.
Last week at the South African Open, I felt like my swing is coming back a little bit. I just need to start making some putts. Overall, I’m very happy with the way I’ve recovered from the surgery. I’m feeling good right now and I’m looking forward to playing.
I’ve always enjoyed playing in Asia and it’s my first time playing in Jakarta this week. It’s nice and I like the warm weather here. I’ve always enjoyed the golf courses here in Asia and the people are all very friendly too.
The golf course is looking great and I’m very looking forward to this week. Getting back to the rhythm of playing good golf is not easy. You got to practise a lot and give yourself a few weeks to get back to playing well again. I’m pretty confident with the way I’m feeling now.
Golf in Asia is growing, especially when you see the PGA Tour and the ladies tour coming into Asia. I am sure we will see a lot of rising stars from Asia soon.
Pablo Larrazabal (Esp)
I remembered playing in Jakarta back in 2008. It feels great to be back. I love playing golf all around the world. I played nine holes yesterday and the golf course is looking great. I’m looking forward to playing good this week and keep up with my good form.
I will definitely try my best and hopefully I can beat these superstars. A year without any win is not a great year. This year was not too bad. I played good golf. I like the hot weather and the humidity in Asia. It’s always a pleasure to play with renowned golfers from all over the world like Retief Goosen and Thongchai Jaidee, who is a legend here in Asia.
I love to challenge the top stars and they motivate me to play better too. I need to work on my driving as I’ve been missing a lot of fairways and I didn’t score as good as I want it to. My iron shots are better now and my short game is still alright. My putting is getting better too. If my driver gets better, I should be able to shoot some low numbers.
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
I’m happy to be back here. It feels like home here. I played on this course many years ago. I will try my best this and give myself a chance to win this tournament. There’s a strong field this week and I hope everyone enjoy the tournament. I hope the Indonesia Open will grow even bigger on the Asian Tour.
I’m feeling a bit better now. I was feeling tired previously but I was home last week and I think that’s prepared me for this week. I needed a break to get ready for a busy stretch towards the end of the year. I think it will still be a good year even if I don’t win. I had a couple of good and second place finishes.
My main goal this year is to stay inside the top-50 on the world rankings. Right now, my ranking in the world is not secured but if I have two good weeks then it will be certain that I will finish the year inside the top-50.
I didn’t do much last week. I just spent time with my family and played golf in the afternoon. I also played golf with my junior golfers and my body really feels rested for this week.
Rory Hie (Ina)
It is going to be a special week for Indonesia because there are a lot of star players coming out. The course we are playing on this week is probably one of the best in the country as well. It is a step up for the Indonesia Open so hopefully I can play well and represent my country.
I need about 30 grand to save my Asian Tour card. It will be pretty spectacular if I can save my Tour card this year given the limited events that I can play in. It will be a dream week if I can win though!
I’m hitting the ball very well and I’m getting better as the season progress. Hopefully I can put it together. You need to putt well here and control your ball flight because there’s a lot of wind here. That will be a big factor this week. The greens are also fast. You can attack the par fives and I think that’s where you can score. There are a couple of key holes that you need to be aware of.
There’s been a lot of improvement in my game this season. I made a lot of cuts in the second half of the year. I just need to finish higher on the standings.
Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind)
Mentally, I’m still young (laugh). Mentally I’m right up there and I can still win tournaments in any given week. I think I just need to put a few things together at a same time and once things start rolling then it will be a really good few weeks.
I had about 12 weeks in a row and I really enjoyed that run. I always play well when I play few weeks in a row. I’m really looking forward to playing a couple of weeks on a trot. Yeah it works for me because I feel that I’m in the moment and I really enjoy week after week.
Indonesia is really close to my heart. I always played well here. Good to be in a place where you are mentally and physically comfortable. I’m looking forward to a good week this week.
I’ve played here a few times and I’m looking forward to four solid rounds.
Scott Hend (Aus)
Today was the first time I’ve been back to this golf course since I won in 2008. It is nice to come back. I have nice memories here especially on the last day in 2008.
I remember a shot I played into the par-five 14 and hit a bunker shot on 17 to make a birdie. I made a solid four on the last to win the tournament. I actually didn’t know that I won the tournament so it is nice to come back and relive those things.
Some people tell me it is an excellent or great season, not just a good season. To win three times anywhere is good especially with the competition we have on the Asian Tour. I have four more tournaments to try and win so we will see how that works out.
I went worked with my brother-in-law on his work site. He is an electrical engineer in Brisbane. I wired some houses for the week and didn’t touch a golf club at all until Saturday. When I was done, I was pretty tired! I actually needed a break from golf and experiencing how people work hard in their daily jobs is quite refreshing.
For sure it made me appreciate my golf career even more! You are out there on the work site, drilling and digging holes and laying cables. Well that sort of stuff makes my job a lot easier!
My game is getting there. I worked a few things on the driving range earlier this morning so we will see how it goes later this week.
Prom Meesawat (Tha)
My form is very good right now. I am confident with my game as well. I’m looking forward to a good week here in Jakarta. I’ve cleared everything on the playoff (at RWM Masters) off my mind. It was a very good experience for me. I didn’t make any mistakes and I had a good final round. I’ve nothing to complain about. Liang (wen-chong) was playing good that week as well even though he made a couple of mistakes. Anyway, it’s over already. I have to move on with my game. Obviously I’m still looking for a second win on the Asian Tour. Hopefully, it will come soon.  I had a week off last week. I had some rest and worked on my game. I feel really recharged now. I’ve a few more events coming up so I just want to concentrate on my game. I’m in a good form right now. Hopefully I can maintain like this till the end of the season.
HU Mu (Chn)
I am feeling good coming to Indonesia this week. I’m finally starting to hit some shots and my swing is getting better as well. I’ve played this course before so I am pretty familiar with it. I hope to finish top ten this week so that I can boost my ranking on the Asian Tour Order of Merit. I am currently at 59th, making the borderline cut. Hopefully a good finish this week will strengthen my position on the merit list. My current form is good. I’ve been playing in the Japan Golf Tour Qualifying School in the last month and I’m going for the final stage next week. I finally start hitting well now. My putting is getting better too.
I did badly for the tournaments in Chinese Taipei and Macau earlier but I’m getting some confidence with my game now. It’s good to be back on track again. I’m playing the Thai Golf Championship next and hopefully King’s Cup and Johor Open. Hopefully I can finish well before the season ends so that I can keep my Asian Tour card for 2014.
HUNG Chien-yao (Tpe)
It’s great coming to Indonesia again this week. I’ve played this course before when I was still an amateur two to three years back so I’m pretty familiar with this course. My form has been good and I’ve been pretty confident with my game. I’ve a few tournaments coming up so hopefully I can keep up the good form.
As a rookie on the Asian Tour, I think my first season has been pretty good although I expected myself to do better. Obviously, my main aim for this year is to get into top 60 on the Order of Merit and keep my Asian Tour card for 2014. I think I still have some chances as I’m currently ranked 67th and I’ve got a few more tournaments to go. I’ll continue to do my best and hopefully we can see some good results. It would be awesome if I can retain my card for 2014.
I had fun playing on the Asian Tour this year. I believed I’ve gained a lot of experiences playing with the pros here. Winning on the Asian Development Tour last month was a great motivation for me and it definitely boosted my confidence. It’s like moving up another level in my golf game and I can be on par with the other professionals out here.
I think the most difficult part of being a rookie on the Asian Tour is getting familiarized with the golf courses here. I’m playing a lot of course for the first time this year. I think that’s a disadvantage for me, as compared to the other experienced players on Tour. Having said that, I think I am lucky as well because the other experienced players from Chinese Taipei will help me out. They will give me good advices and share with me their experiences on the different golf courses whenever we play the practice rounds together.
The schedule on the Asian Tour is really packed. We have tournaments like every week. This is very different from being an amateur. I’m getting used to travelling for tournaments now but it gets tiring sometimes. I have to try and adapt to all these and set aside time for preparation and rest. I have to work on my fitness too so that I can handle tournaments in a row.
Nicholas FUNG (Mas)
I’ve played this course for three times before so I think it’s an advantage for me as I am more familiar with the course. I’m feeling good with my game. I just won a tournament back home last week. Hopefully I can carry on my good form and finish well this week.
The course feels easier than the last few times I’ve played. There weren’t as many roughs as I thought.  Hopefully we don’t get as much wind as today when the tournament starts tomorrow. I just want to stay focus and play my best this week. I could probably obtain my Asian Tour through finishing top three on the Asian Development Tour but I hope I can get into top 60 on the Asian Tour Order of Merit as well. Finishing top five in Manila two weeks ago gave me a lot of confidence. I believe I still have to chance to get inside top 60 if I finish well this week.