King's Cup Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 17 Jan 2014

King's Cup Rd 2 What They Said

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Rikard Karlberg (Tha) – Second Round 71 (-1), Total 136 (-8)
It was a horrible round for 12 holes. I really struggled. I didn’t play well and the putts didn’t fall. I had a few good chances coming in. It worked well for me because the wind came down the right way on 17 and 18. The wind is a big factor in the round.
It was a lot windier in the afternoon. Today when I warmed up, it felt like a storm heading into us. I just hope to get out there and have good fun. Today I didn’t relax and struggled a lot with the wind. I just need to enjoy the round more.
Prom Meesawat (Tha) – Second Round 71 (-1), Total 136 (-8)
It was disappointing to finish with another birdie on the 18th but I’m still very happy with my performance over the last two days. When the winds pick up over here, it’s going to be very tricky. We got to experience it today and I guess I just have to stay focused over the weekend as there’s nothing we can do about the weather. I just have to be patient and try to hit the greens to give myself chances. It’s going to be a tough weekend as the door is still open for everyone. I just want to maintain my composure and get an under-par score for the next two days.
Mo Joong-kyung (Kor) – Second Round 68 (-4), Total 137 (-7)
Yeah, I’m very happy because I didn’t make a bogey in this wind. The conditions on the golf course are very challenging because of the wind. You need to keep a low ball flight here. The toughest thing of playing here is making the putts. The greens are fast and it is sloppy. It isn’t easy to judge your distance.
Well sometimes good things happen and sometimes bad things happen so let’s see if things work out for me during the weekend. I didn’t play enough tournaments on the Asian Tour and obviously I want to try and keep my card on the Tour. Making the halfway cut here helps a lot.
The goal for me here was to play good enough and make the cut. I should be okay now. I didn’t play very good at the end of 2013. I struggled with my swing and went back to Korea to fix it. It seems to be working again now.
Mo Joong-kyung of Korea Mo Joong-kyung of Korea
I’m getting old! All the young guys are coming up so it is getting harder to win. I have a chance now so I’ll try my best.
It is very difficult for us to hit a golf ball during the winter in Korea. I always concentrate on weight training rather than hitting a golf ball. I’ve been doing weight training in the last three or four weeks. My body feels pretty good so hopefully I can keep it for the whole year.
I work out about three times a week for two hours a day. During the days that I don’t work out, I will go for a run for about five kilometres. I need to do all these to keep up with all these young guys!
Adam Groom (Aus) – Second Round 69 (-3), Total 138 (-6)
I had a slow start. It was a bit chilly and I had a tough stretch of holes (back nine) where I was one over after eight holes. I had my round going from the 18th hole with four straight birdies and played pretty solid all day.
The Order of Merit race is always on the back of your mind but if you play well like how I’m doing then you won’t really think about it! I’m doing that so far so hopefully I can keep it until the weekend.
I haven’t really been consistent for a couple of seasons. I haven’t had many top-10s. I’m just trying to work out on how to get into consistent play and work more on my short game. I’ve been quite a good ball striker. It has been frustrating being on the bubble for a few seasons.
I’m just going to keep relaxed and calm going into the next two days. I really look forward to the challenge.
Kodai Ichihara (Jpn) – Second Round 68 (-4), Total 138 (-6)
It was a good round. I struck the ball and putted very well. Most of my birdies were inside five feet except for one which was inside 10 feet. My season has been okay but I don’t have a good ranking on the Order of Merit. Hopefully that will change after this week. I like playing on this golf course. The design is very nice and I seem to play every time we come here.
Johan Edfors of Sweden Johan Edfors of Sweden
Johan Edfors (Swe) - Second Round 69 (-3), Total 139 (-5)
I holed a few putts in the middle of my round today. I played just as good as yesterday and gave myself lots of chances out there. It was a disappointing finish but otherwise I hit a lot of good shots today. If I can continue to give myself chances like what I did today, and hole those putts, I should be in a good position come Sunday. I hope the winds stay up as I don’t think the scores going to be lower than 12 or 13 under-par so that is pretty manageable. The level of competition on the Asian Tour is so much tougher now and there are so many good players now.
Andrew Dodt (Aus) – Second Round 73 (+1), Total 144 (+1)
I struggled a bit today but I hung in there at the end as I managed to hit some good shots down the stretch. . There was a little bit of pressure in trying to make the cut and it’s a relief now that I’ve made it. I’m playing well enough although I hit a couple of loose shots. I’ve been battling food poisoning for the last 48 hours so it has been a struggle. I’ve done the first part by making the cut and the key now is to improve on where I am right now. I struggled early in the year and didn’t make too many cuts earlier on. But I played well in the three tournaments before Christmas and gave myself a chance to finish inside the top-60. Hopefully, by making the cut here and having two more solid rounds, I would have done enough.
Chan Kim (USA) – Second Round 71 (-1), Total 146 (+2)
It has been lingering in my mind for the last 36 holes knowing that I need to at least make the cut to give myself a chance to stay inside the top-60. I really need to try and improve my position in the last two days.
I was three-under going into nine and I ended up hitting a wrong ball so I go penalised and made triple bogey to get back to even for the round. I bogeyed 11 and birdied 16 and 17. I definitely felt the nerves and I was trying to hang in there. It paid off.
My playing partner (Andrew Dodt) hit it left and I hit it down the right. The ball tends to kick left on the nine fairway so I thought mine was in the middle and his was in the left. For some reason it switched. I just got to pay more attention to that. It is just a mistake that I’m definitely going to learn from.
I struggled with my ball striking throughout the week. I finally got something going on and I hung in there on the back nine. Looking forward to the next two days.