#MaybankChampionship Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 19 Feb 2016

#MaybankChampionship Rd 2 What They Said

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Nathan Holman (Aus) - Second Round 65 (-6), Total 129 (-13)
Q. You shot your lowest round on Tour yesterday, and followed it up with another great one.
A. Yeah, today was just as good. When I saw I was three or shots clear after the turn there were a few nerves, but I handled myself really well and managed to pick up a couple of birdies coming in.
Q. Your putting was particularly impressive…
A. Yeah I’ve been working on my alignment for the past couple of weeks, and it definitely seems to be paying off. It’s made a big difference, and my putts are rolling really nicely now.
Nathan Holman of Australia Nathan Holman of Australia
Q. Do you enjoy having such a big lead?
A. Of course, it’s why we play the game, to get ourselves in front and in with a chance of winning big tournaments. I’d like to be even further ahead if I could, but I’ll settle for three tonight.
Q. What goals have you set for yourself this season?
A. After winning at home my next aim was to win a tournament overseas, so it’s great to have the chance to tick that one off the list so soon. Then looking further ahead, getting into the top 100 in the World Ranking is a realistic aim.
Q. A lot of Europeans find it difficult to cope with the conditions here, both the heat and the grass, are you more comfortable?
A. I played on the Asian Tour for two years, so I’m pretty used to it by now. Chipping is very difficult, some of the lies you get are very different to courses in Europe and even back home in Australia. So that talks a bit of getting used to, but I think I’m getting there.
Q. A few of your fellow Australians have said you’ve got an old head on young shoulders, would you agree with that?
A. I guess so. I’ve developed quite quickly over the past couple of years, and the other Australians on the Tour have really helped in that respect. They’ve taught me a lot of the dos and don’ts, and I’ve taken them on board.
Richard Bland (Eng) - Second round 65, Total 131 (-11)
Q. What are your thoughts on being 11 under at the halfway stage?
A. Very pleased, obviously. To go round here without dropping a shot in two days takes some doing. Hopefully I can continue the run going over the weekend.
Q. Your approach play in particular has been sparkling…
A. Yeah, I’ve struck my irons as well as I have for some time. I also picked up a new TaylorMade drive in Dubai, and it’s added 15 yards to my drives. When you’ve got a shorter club in your hand, you can try to be a bit more aggressive.
Q. Sounds like love at first sight with the driver?
A. Yeah, pretty much after my first shot with it, I decided to throw the old one away. I drove it really well that week, and that’s the case again here.
Q. How have you coped with the heat?
A. You’ve just got to get on with it. Apart from the locals, it’s the same for everyone. It’s tough, you feel clammy and sweaty and it’s almost impossible to keep your club grips dry.
Q. It’s a lovely position, isn’t it?
A. Yeah, but Nathan’s obviously playing well, I played with him at the Dunhill and he’s a very impressive player. And Danny’s also flying at the weekend, so I’m going to have to keep making birdies just to keep up.
Danny Willett (Eng) - Second Round 69 (-2), Total 133 (-8)
Danny Willett of England Danny Willett of England
Q. You got off to a flying start, but it seemed a bit of a struggle after that…
A. Yeah I’m struggling a bit with my body. My energy levels collapsed on the back nine, and I started making a few silly mistakes. But the flags were also quite tricky today and the wind’s picking up a bit, so I can’t see the scoring being too ridiculous. And I would’ve taken eight under after two rounds.
Q. Was the course playing any differently today?
A. Yeah, I probably hit four or five different tee shots to what I did yesterday, mainly due to the wind direction and also the in positions. So it’s a brilliant golf course in that respect, because you don’t have to move the tees around too much to change the hole, if you change the flags it can still affect what you do from the tee. So I love the design. You can still be aggressive and take the hole on if you want, but if you hit it in the rough you lose all control for your second shot. So it really makes you think out there.
Q. How far behind will you be by the close of play?
A. Probably a couple, I’m sure a couple of the guys will shoot four or five under, even though the pins are quite tricky.
Q. What’s the plan for this afternoon?
A. I’m going to see the physio then catch up on some rest, because I’m feeling very tired.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi) – Second Round 68 (-3), Total 134 (-8)
Considering your condition, this must be quite good?
I’m really happy with my form so far considering I’m not 100%. Just told myself to shoot anything under par and get back to the hotel as fast as you can and try to get ready for tomorrow. I’m happy I managed to get a few under par.
Does it make it extra hard for you in the Malaysian heat and humidity?
It’s very humid when you play here. I don’t normally use an umbrella when I play but I had too as I was feeling dizzy. I’m happy with my position. Hopefully I’ll keep it up.
With your condition, does it hamper your preparation?
I normally will hit a few putts right after my round but I’ve got to take care of my body. I’ve got to go back to the hotel and take some rest.
Does the phrase “Beware the injured golfer” help sometimes in this situation?
It works for the better sometimes as you don’t think about the golf. Sometimes when you play golf, in the pre-consciousness, you tend to do great things. I’m happy with my performance so far, so I hope to keep it up.
You seem to be in form, winning in Philippines last year and fourth in Singapore?
Soomin Lee of Korea Soomin Lee of Korea
I had a good start to the year, finished fourth in Singapore and I won on the local tour last week. I’m happy with my form and hopefully I keep it up.
Any difference in your approach with such a calibre field here?
In some ways yes, but I don’t want against the other players. I just want to compete against the golf course.
Soomin Lee (Kor) – Second Round 68 (-3), Total 134 (-8)
I feel comfortable heading into the weekend because I like the course. I think I have a chance. The course is almost similar to the course we played in Bangladesh last week (finished tied seventh). This course really suits my game.
I just focussed on my shots and I didn’t pay attention to the leaderboard. I have two tied seventh place finishes so I’m playing well and I feel confident. I practised a lot on my short game lately and that has helped a lot.
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) – Second Round 69 (-2), Total 135 (-7)
I played great but putting was not good as yesterday. I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of good chances but my putting was not great. It was difficult to read the greens.
I’m still in it with a chance with two more days to go. I’ll try to play my best on the weekend. You have to hit the fairways and hit a lot of greens. The putting will be a huge challenge here.
I’m in a very good group (Danny Willett & Louis Oosthuizen). They are good players and I enjoy playing with them. I’m performing very well but I need to plan a bit better on the course and improve on my putting.