King's Cup: What They Said

Wed 15 Jan 2014

King's Cup: What They Said

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Arnond Vongvanij (Tha)
I’m very excited to come back and defend. This is one of the premier tournaments in Thailand and it will be an honour to win it again. I felt like I learnt a lot.
I hit the ball much better and made good putts but unfortunately, not many dropped. I’ve been working on that and I feel like it is coming around.
I’m feeling better this year and I look forward to being in contention again. I got a chance to play on this course for a couple of times. I know the layout but I don’t know the greens as well. So I have to use my instinct and read it as I go. Strategy wise, I will put it on the fairways and make the putt.
I went back to the United States and did some practice there but mostly just to spend time with my family. I’m recharged and ready for the tournament to start rolling.
Rikard Karlberg (Swe)
I got the flu just before Christmas and I was good for one week to try and prepare for this tournament but had the flu rebound. I’ve been lying in bed since Friday until Tuesday so my preparations are not too good. This is my home course and I play here a lot.
It is hard to say for this week because the greens are always great here but this week we will be playing on really fast greens with different pin locations. I think that would be a tough thing. You will have a little bit of advantage because you will be sure on the slopes when you enter the green but I wish I could say that you have more advantage after playing many rounds here. You will have some advantage but not a lot.
Rikard Karlberg of Sweden Rikard Karlberg of Sweden
It could have been a solid year but unfortunately Korea was the only week I had a chance to win going into Sunday. I took care of that very poorly. I’m disappointed I didn’t win one or two tournaments since my great Asian Tour start in 2010.
I have one more event left and if I win then all my goals have been achieved. I’ll keep working hard but it is all about winning. So right now I’m a bit sad with the season.
I worked a lot on my game, especially on my techniques.
Hu Mu (Chn)
I’ve already submitted my application for Qualifying School so I’m trying to stay relax this week. I do not want to try and get too focus but try to enjoy the week.
I was with my family in China. I played a few rounds here and there but nothing serious. I talked to my coach in the United States about last year and now I feel like it is a fresh start again for me.
We are trying to figure out my problems on how like I was slacking off at the end of the year. We also talked about getting my swing more efficient.
I played well in 2013. I felt that getting some early starts on the Asian Tour were crucial especially in Chiangmai. Getting a top-five there helped me with the re-ranking and got me into more Asian Tour events.
Towards the end of the year, I was on the bubble on the money list and I was trying to get too focus and not really playing golf. Your body gets too tensed up so I’m trying not to do that this week.
To be honest I don’t have much pressure this week.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
It is one of those signs that I’m getting Tour. I’ve been on Tour for six years and I’m a veteran at 26. I’m really happy with my personal life and my golf is reflecting that. I had a great 2013 and hopefully I can continue this year.
I won the first event I played in 2013. That was very special. I have been unfortunate not to get another win but I have no complains. It was one of those seasons where every time I come up against some sort of adversity but found something in my game that has helped me. I’m really happy with how it has been.
When you play so much golf, you don’t really get much time to reflect on those missed opportunities. You are just trying to learn every week from the mistakes you make and try to take the positives and make sure you improve. That’s been my attitude so hopefully I can keep the same frame of mind.
It is really special because it is going to be like the Ryder Cup for Asians. We always wondered how that would feel. If I play well this week, then it will get me into the team.
I really like the track. This is my first top-five on the Asian Tour way back in 2009. I always felt positive coming out here. I think the greens are the fastest out here. It is going to be really exciting golf this week.
Siddikur (Ban)
After a long break, I’m very excited to play again. The break was very good for me. I took about a two-week rest and started to practice again. I played my best golf in 2013 with my win at the Hero Indian Open. It was nice to reflect about my season during the break. It kind of keeps you going and it motivates you to keep playing better and better.
My goal is to qualify for the Asian Team for EurAsia Cup. I just need a good week. I’m in a comfortable position but I have the confidence to do my best this week.
I played here in 2010 and I have good memories here. It is a nice course to play. I t
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand
hink it is quite different but it can get very windy.
Winning the Hero Indian Open was definitely the highlight of my season. I’m very happy with that victory and sometimes when I don’t play too well, I reflect on that win to be inspired to do better. It is a memory that I will always remember.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha)
This is my home course. I’ve lived in Hua Hin for about two years now so I feel very comfortable here. I had a swing fix in 2012 but that didn’t work in my advantage. I changed back to my old swing and that has been the key to a good season for me. The toughest part of playing at Black Mountain is playing against the strong wind. Everyone has a chance to win here. You don’t really have a home advantage here because it is so windy here. There are some long par threes but overall this golf course suits my game. Everyone is thinking of winning and I have that same mind set as well. I think the important thing is to stay happy and focus on the golf course.