#OEM2015 Rd1: What they said

Fri 24 Jul 2015

#OEM2015 Rd1: What they said

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Crans Montana, Switzerland, July 23: Read what leading contenders from the Asian Tour have to say following their opening round at this week's Omega European Masters.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha)
First Round 65 (-5)
Q. Six birdies, one eagle and three bogeys, that must be an eventful round for you
A. Yes it was considering I’m playing here for the first time. I feel good finishing five-under-par today.
Q. Conditions must be very nice for you?
A. I play my golf mainly in Asia so I haven’t really seen so much fog in the morning before. But after the fog cleared, the weather was really nice. The course is not too long and the ball flies further than usual. The greens are fast but it suits my game.
Q. You had some problems going into this event last year?
A. Yes. I was supposed to come here last year but ran into some visa problems. So, I’m really happy now that I’m here. It’s amazing to see my name among the leaders given that this is the first time I’m playing here.
David Lipsky (Usa)
First round 66 (-4)
Q. Nice start to your title defence
A. Yes. We had a slight delay with the fog today but when play resumed, my play was pretty sharp. I only made one bogey which was good.
Q. Do you have to adjust to the fact the ball goes further in this altitude?
A. Yes. After last week at The Open, the balls have been going a good 10% further, so we are always calculating that. It’s something that my caddie and I always have to factor.
Q. Do you feel any pressure coming especially as a defending champion?
A. Obviously there’s always expectations that you set for yourself especially on a course which you’ve won before. But I really like the scores and I know that low scores are out there. It’s hard to go 10-under out here but you just have to stay patient.
Angelo Que (Phi)
First Round 66 (-4)
Of course I’m pleased to see my name among the leaders after day one. Even though it’s the first round, it still feels good. I didn’t drive the ball that well but I putted really well today. I like it this time around because it’s not as cold and this is the kind of weather we are used to. I got a good caddie on my bag this week. He was my caddie when I finished tied-seventh here in 2009. We are back together again and hopefully, this will be it!
Rashid Khan (Ind)
First round 67 (-3)
Q. Must be pleased with your opening three-under
A. Yes. Definitely. I started really well as I was three-under through five holes. I was really excited then but I three-putted on 16 and made a bogey there. I made a good recovery with a birdie on 18 and unfortunately I made another bogey on the second hole. So it was an up and down day but I’m glad I managed to score well and let’s see how it goes from here. It was really foggy in the morning and I thought it was going to be cold again. But it was fine when we teed off so I really enjoyed myself.
Rahil Gangjee (Ind)
First Round 68 (-2)
I made a few bad shots in my back-nine and I got stuck in places where it proved to be very challenging to recover. You can say it’s a little bit of bad luck but overall it’s still okay.
(On his double-bogey on five)I hit a bad shot to the trees on the right and didn’t have a shot out. I didn’t put my third shot on the green either and misjudged the calculation and couldn’t get up and down. It could have gotten worse than a double-bogey there. Seven and eight were one of the easier holes on the golf course and I was glad to be able to birdie them and get a respectable score.