#MyanmarOpen Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 26 Jan 2017

#MyanmarOpen Rd 1 What They Said

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Angelo Que (Phi) – First Round 65 (-6)
It was the first hole (bogey) and first hole jitters maybe. I’ve been hitting it solid since last week and if I keep doing what I’ve been doing then I’ll be okay. I told myself it was the first hole and there are so many holes left so be patient. That’s what happened and I made the birdies.
I’m not going to force anything. I talked to the wife and we talked about what happened in the last round (at SMBC Singapore Open last week). I played solid in the first 17 holes and it was only the last hole that gave it away (finished with double bogey).
I really forced that driver. If I hit a different club, the worst score I would have made would have been a five (par). I wouldn’t have won the tournament but at least all that effort for 71 holes wouldn’t have gone wasted on one hole. I’ve learnt my lesson and hopefully it will stick.
Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines
After last week, I knew I had to rest a lot to prepare for this week. I tried to stay relaxed and keep my mind at ease before the round started and it that has helped.
Azuma Yano (Jpn) – First Round 65 (-6)
I don’t like missing the cut (in Singapore last week) but luckily I have this week to make up for it. I was able to make some adjustment from last week and as you can see, it went very well.
I didn’t make many mistakes and I think that was key as compared to last week. It is very difficult to read the greens here but I putted so well. I like playing in events outside of Japan. Playing in Myanmar is something different for all of the Japanese players.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi) – First Round  67 (-4)
The key today was that I hit it really perfect from the tee. I’m happy with the way I was driving the ball because I’m using a new driver. I told myself to keep giving myself opportunities and the putts will drop.
I was tempted to go for the green on the 18th hole. I was really tempted but I told myself this is the first day and this is a marathon. That’s been my problem the last couple of weeks. I tried to win the tournament on the first day.
The wind was not as strong but it was swirling. Hopefully the wind will blow in one direction when I play in the morning. That will help me quite a bit.
Gavin Green (Mas) – First Round 68 (-3)
I feel weak because I’ve been sick the last few days. My dad and my little brother pretty much did the practice round for me. I’ve been in bed resting. I played solid and kept everything in play. I gave myself a lot of looks and I’m quite surprise actually.
I’m hungry to do the best I could after Singapore last week. My performance told me I can do it. There’s a bit of tidying up I need to do in my game and I’m pretty excited for this tournament.
I love playing with the big boys. Jeev (Milkha Singh) and K.T. (Kim) are really experienced and it is what I need. Playing with them helps me. I’m little behind them in terms of experience but game wise I’m pretty close.
Gavin Green of Australia Gavin Green of Malaysia
I didn’t know what to expect because I only played four holes in the practice round. I only hit one drive the entire round today and played it safe because I didn’t know what was out there. I kept everything in play and made some putts. I’m going to stick to this game plan.
Eagle detail on the fourth hole: I hit a good three wood and I don’t know what happened, I think it had a magic bounce and had 165 metres to the pin. I hit a nine iron to five feet and made it. I only used driver on the 18th hole.
Rahil Gangjee (Ind) – First Round 68 (-3)
It is hot out there! I’m a little bit more focussed as compared to last week. I was a little rusty last week and I ironed out a few wrinkles and the game is feeling better. The driver is behaving and it was all about the putting. The confidence is there for the putting.
On a course like this, it is important to get off to a good start. When the balls are running on the greens, you need to get the yardages right, otherwise you will be putting from 30-feet which you don’t want. Not too many people are holing longs putts so the key will be trying to hit it closer.