King's Cup preview: What they said

Wed 26 Nov 2014

King's Cup preview: What they said

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Read what leading contenders have to say ahead of their challenge at this week's US$500,000 King's Cup held at the Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
It has been a very eventful year. It has been fantastic on and off the golf course. I won twice, got married and got my card recently in Europe. I’m just looking forward to ending it on a high now. I’ve been on the road for a while now and Q school is never easy. Six rounds back-to-back and you got to hang in there. I’m really happy with my result last week but I’m really focused on what I need to do here and I still got a great chance to win the Order of Merit and that would really make it a perfect year. I’m committed to bettering my world ranking and trying to chase David down would probably go hand in hand because I’ve to do well in these last few events to push into that top-50 spot. There’s a lot to play for obviously and motivation going into these last few weeks. I’m actually a little bit tired because I’ve been playing a lot and I just got to conserve my energy and focus on the golf course. The good thing is I’ve played most of these courses before and it helps when you feel comfortable. I’m just looking forward to going out there and playing some good golf. The top-50 in the world rankings is still a realistic target.
Scott Hend (Aus)
It was nice to win my first co-sanctioned event with the European Tour in Hong Kong and I'm trying to win once more before the year finishes. It has been a tough year because I was playing tournaments sporadically and that isn’t one of my strengths. I play more consistently over a lengthy period and that’s when I play my best. I’m pretty much set to play most of the tournaments all the way through and it’s good to have that nice run with lots of good courses coming up and countries to visit. I’ll try to get one win in and we’ll see what happens.
Chan Yih-shin
I haven’t been playing well this season and hopefully things will change soon. I have a good feeling I’ll do well this week as this is my lucky place and just being back here brings back lots of positive vibes. Golf is a funny game. You only need one good week to get your game back on track and with all these factors in mind, I hope to be back on form again. I’m quite surprised I’m the only foreigner to have won the King’s Cup as there are many good players in the region who can compete and win this tournament. It’s going to be an interesting week as everyone will be going for top honours this week
Rashid Khan
I’m really excited with this week’s King’s Cup as this is my first time in Khon Kaen. Thailand is one of the luckiest place for me because I won my second tournament here and I’m back to play another tournament here. I’m hoping for another win here. My game changed a lot since I started working with my mental trainer, who has taught me to be calmer to be on the golf course and be more focused. It’s working now. Before I was too aggressive on the golf course as there were so many things going through my mind. That was wrong and now I’m not making too many mistakes and just playing the way it is. Winning outside India was one of the best feelings I experienced. It was the same kind of feeling I experienced when I won in India. Normally all players want to win outside their country to make their country proud and I’m glad I did it.
Siddikur Rahman
It’s nice to be back playing again after my injury lay-off. It’s improving. This is my first visit to Khon Kaen and I’m really excited about the week. I’m pleased with how I’ve played since I came back from my injury. I was nervous as I didn’t know what to expect following such a long lay-off. I felt something crack when I was jumping and training. I was on the bed for two weeks. I hurt myself in Switzerland again after doing some stretching and when I went home, I was admitted to the hospital. I went to see the physio again to get treatment and I started training again to regain my stamina. This is what I’ve been doing and it’s coming along nicely. I miss the competitive atmosphere and playing in the big tournaments. I was really sad but told myself that such is life and you got to accept this. I saw it as my rest period and now I’m back, that’s all that matters.
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