#MyanmarOpen Rd 1: What they said

Thu 04 Feb 2016

#MyanmarOpen Rd 1: What they said

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Yangon, February 4: Read what leading contenders have to say following their opening round at this week's Leopalace21 Myanmar Open.
Danny Chia (Mal)
Seven-under-par 65
My iron shots were probably the key for me today. I didn’t hit that many fairways but I recovered well with my wedge shots and my irons. You need to be a very good wedge player on this golf course and you can score well. I’ve been working on my wedges with my coach last week. We talked about several things including how to control my emotions on the golf course. It was good today. I’m going to approach tomorrow’s round the same as what I’ve done today. I don’t see the need to change anything.
 S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind)
Six-under-par 66
It was a nice clean round with six birdies and no bogeys. The game was in a good place and I found all the fairways except two and even then there were close by. And I gave myself decent chances and converted quite a few of them.
The golf course is somewhat like a few courses I used to play on back in India on the Indian Tour. It was hot alright but not unbearable because it was not humid.
I had four birdies on the front nine and two on the back nine. Most of the birdie putts came from within 10 feet, as I hit them close. Only a couple were more than 10 feet.
I have an early tee time tomorrow and lets see how it goes, because the scoring has been low and there is a lot of red (under-par) scores on the leaderboard.
Azuma Yano (Jpn)
Six-under-par 66
I made sure all my tee shots would stay in the fairways and that was key for me today. I gave myself enough distance so that I could approach the greens comfortably. I got unlucky on a few occasions but I managed to recover well after that.
 
Prayad Marksaeng (Tha)
Five-under-par 67
I grew up playing under this conditions. I putted really well today as I know how to control my speed and distance around the greens. My strategy is to hit driver on every hole and try to get as close as possible to the greens. Short irons will get him some spin and he is able to control the distance to the greens.
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Rashid Khan (Ind)
Five-under-par 67
It was a good round and I am quite satisfied with it even though I did not drive well, but that is something I am working on. So, I missed a few fairways, but every time I did get to the fairway, I either birdied or gave myself a chance. I managed quite a up-and-downs and that helped. My longest putt of the day was from nearly 30 feet on the 17th, after I started from the tenth. I could have got a couple of others, but it is alright. It is just the start of the season and I am looking to a good one after not doing so well last year and before that I had two wins in 2014. Last year at any given time, some part of my game was not off. Either it was driving, or chipping or putting, but things look better now and I have worked hard.