#KingsCup Rd 1: What they said

Thu 28 Jul 2016

#KingsCup Rd 1: What they said

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Pattaya, Thailand, July 28: Read what leading contenders have to say about their opening round at this week's King's Cup presented by PTT Group.
Sattaya Supupramai (Tha)
Seven-under-par 63
I’m very pleased with how I played today. Actually I woke up with a very stiff neck this morning and felt really uncomfortable. The physios did a great job with their massages and I felt really good. The pin positions were tough and it would be extremely difficult to make a recovery if you hit a bad shot here. I knew that was a tough hole (hole nine). I drove it into the rough and was already telling myself I had to move on quickly after that bogey. I’ve played on this course on a few occasions so I have a bit of local knowledge which can be advantageous. I just got to stay relaxed throughout the week and it should be okay.
Francesco Laporta (Ita)
Five-under-par 65
I’m feeling very good as I played great today. The driver was nice and the putter was very good too. I really enjoyed the day. It was a little hot but fun. I managed it well by drinking lots of water. It’s not easy to read the greens on this course. This is a very tight course and you got to hit your first shot fairly straight. The second shot to the green is not easy. It’s tough being a rookie. I played on the Sunshine Tour for the last three years. I haven’t played that well this year. This is my first year and I’m sure it’ll get better.
Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind)
Five-under-par 65
I’m not really satisfied as I could have done better. But I’ll definitely take it as I’m playing on this golf course for the first time and it’s really treacherous especially the greens. A lot of the pins on my back-nine were tucked in the corners and it was hard to go for the flags. But overall, played really solid as I hit lots of greens in regulation and I gave myself lots of birdie opportunities. I would say it’s a good moving day for me. I left about three putts over there, missed about three putts inside seven feet which was not nice. But other than that, my short game was fine. I hit lots of fairways and greens. I’m going to work on my putting as that will be the one aspect that separates the winner from the rest of the field here.
 
Mardan Mamat (Sin)
Four-under-par 66
I’m very pleased with my round as I putted really well. I was hoping for a bogey-free round but unfortunately I bogeyed my last hole on the ninth which is the toughest hole on this course as they converted that hole from a par-five into a par-four. I’m happy I managed to get the swing back and I hit the ball very nicely from tee to green. I managed to hole some putts which were the key. This is not an easy course. Some of the pin positions are really difficult. If I can continue what I’ve been doing today, it should be a good week.
 
Chiragh Kumar (Ind)
Three-under-par 67
I played well today. I didn’t make much mistakes so that was the key. This is a good course and suits my style of play. I feel pretty comfortable out here. I’ll be playing in the afternoon tomorrow and I expect it to be windier. The greens here are small and there are some severe slopes around here. So the winds will play a big role as you got to make a correct judgement to hit the greens. I’m bracing myself for the challenge.
 
Trevor Immelman (Rsa)
One-under-par 69
I made only two birdies today on the two par-fives. I would really like to make more than that. I made a mistake on 15 where I didn’t really hit it that bad but the ball went into the bunker and that was my only bogey. I was not into too much trouble today but I got to find a way to give myself more birdie chances tomorrow. I feel like I’m still in the middle of the pack and a good round can move me up. I get to come out early tomorrow morning. I got to hit more greens and give my putter a chance to make birdies which is my goal for tomorrow. The greens are very small and undulating and you got to have great distance control and accuracy on your second shot.