#MyanmarOpen preview What They Said

Wed 25 Jan 2017

#MyanmarOpen preview What They Said

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Phachara Khongwatmai (Tha)
My game is good, everything seems to be good. I was very happy when I finished second in Singapore. I was thinking of making the cut so when I finished runner-up it made me feel very happy.
I don’t want to think too far ahead. If I think of winning and I don’t win, I will feel very sad. If I put my expectations lowers, it doesn’t give me too much pressure as well.
Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand
It feels so good to qualify for The Open for the second straight year. I didn’t expect to qualify immediately after making my debut in 2016. I thought it will be a few more years before I play in my next Major but I’m glad I did it.
I had a lot of fun at The Open last year and I know more about playing there now. Last year, it was raining and the wind was so strong. Now I know what to expect.
Honestly, I’m thinking about making the cut now. This course is almost like the courses we play in Thailand so hopefully I can play well.
Chikkarangappa S. (Ind)
The golf course is in great shape. The layout is really nice. This is probably one of the best layouts I’ve seen and very similar to the Royal Calcutta course in India. I love the fairways and the conditions here.
My game is feeling good. I’ve made some tweaks in my game but it should be fine. The flow is coming and I’m getting better and better. I’ve not had a good break yet so I haven’t adapted to the new changes yet but I’m happy with my progress.
I didn’t have much break because my last day of golf was on Christmas day and then I had one week off. I had to immediately get back to practice. I love playing golf but sometimes the body gives up a little bit if you play back-to-back weeks.
It is always good to get off to a good start because it gives you a momentum. But if you don’t get off to a good start, it is okay because there are still other courses and tournaments where you can perform.
Zaw Moe (Mya)
I’ve been playing in the Myanmar Open for many years and it feels like it is part of my duty to play here.
The course is in good shape and I like playing on this type of courses. I really enjoy playing here. This course is quite demanding so you need to hit it good and drive the ball well. You need to know where to land on the greens as well.
Shaun Norris of South Africa has traditional Thanaka sun block applied to his face Shaun Norris of South Africa
I’m feeling really good. I’m hitting the ball good but struggling with the putter. If my putter starts to work then I will feel very confident.
Mardan and I talked about Prayad winning in Singapore and his victory givea us the older players some hope. Prayad does not smoke or drink so he is still in very good shape. He does not practice much as well so maybe that’s why his body lasts longer.
Mardan and I practice a lot so I guess we have to change our plan and start focussing on fitness.
Shaun Norris (Rsa)
It feels like I need to shake off some rust but the game feels good and I feel great to be back. The course is looking very nice and I’m looking forward to the New Year. It is really amazing to have the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour co-sanction this event. It broadens outs to different cultures and helps grow and make events bigger.
My putter got dented in a plane after my win last year and I’ve been struggling to find for a putter that feels like that.
I’ve found a putter that feels close to what I had last year. I met the creator of the putter I was using in Hong Kong and he sent an e-mail to me after the Hong Kong Open that he found one of the heads lying in his house. It is being shipped so I can use it again when I’m back in South Africa.
Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines
I’m not disappointed I can’t use it this week because this putter is working nicely and I really enjoy putting on the greens. I hope I can knock the putts in again so I’m really looking forward to the week.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
My game has been really good. This is my third week in a row but it is always great to be back in Myanmar. The weather is always great. It is great that it will be televised live this week. This is a world class course and I can’t wait to get started.
It was tough playing in Singapore because the weather was humid and I struggled with the jetlag (travelled from the United States) but I like the weather this week and I’ve gotten used to the time difference.
I have to shake off some of the rust because of the Christmas break. I’ve been playing well the first two days but slacking off in the last two rounds. I need to put four rounds together and I’ll be up there on the leaderboard.
I need to get back into the competitive mood instead of playing casual golf. You need to put yourself in a situation where you can challenge for the trophy on Sunday. I believe I can do that but I get ahead of myself and want to win on the third day. You can play aggressive but you need to be smart.
Yuta Ikeda (Jpn)
I played very well last year and it showed when I won the Order of Merit in Japan. But this is a new season and I’m focussed on this week. I missed the cut last week so I’m a bit disappointed but this is like a new tournament for me.
It is great that the Japan Golf Tour sanctions this event with the Asian Tour. We get to play in different countries and you get to learn more. I think the Japanese players can improve by competing around the world. There are many good players this week so I’m really looking forward to the challenge.
Yuta Ye Hlet Aung of Myanmar has traditional Thanaka sun block applied to his face Yuta Ye Hlet Aung of Myanmar
There is trouble on most holes and some of the holes are very narrow. I think you need to find the fairway on every hole. This tournament has a lot of history so I want to win it this week.
Ye Htet Aung (Mya)
I’m feeling very proud (representing his country) and my game is getting better and better. I won two events on the local circuit last year so I have a lot of confidence. I played in Qualifying School but I missed the cut there.
I’m not sad because I gained a lot of experience. I played with some good players and I watched how they played and planned their shots. It was very valuable experience for me.