#OEM2016 preview - What They Said

Wed 31 Aug 2016

#OEM2016 preview - What They Said

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Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
I know this course very well and I feel comfortable here. The hole-in-one yesterday was good. It was a tough hole (16 hole, 230 yards) and I used a four iron. My ball landed on the green and it rolled for about 10 yards. I didn’t see the ball go in but my caddy said it went in.
Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand
I know it is only a practice round but it is always nice to have a hole-in-one. Would have been better to get it during the tournament but this gives me some confidence. You have to keep the ball in play.
You have to putt very well here. If you hit everything perfect, you won’t face any problems but the greens are tricky. The golf course is in great condition and I think everyone will enjoy playing here.
I haven’t played well this year before my win in France. That was a good confidence booster. I’ve been working a lot on my putting. I like the golf course here because it isn’t very long and you need to place your ball in the right position.
I really enjoyed my experience in the Olympics. I’ve represented my country in the South East Asian Game and Asian Games so I’m very proud with my achievements.
Siddikur Rahman (Ban)
It is great to come here. This is one my favourite places to come and play golf. I’m always happy to come here.
The Olympics is the biggest experience in my life. I was so impressed to see so many athletes in the dining hall and in the gym. I was so surprised to see so many athletes working out in the gym.
It was very inspiring because I feel golfers don’t do much hard work in the gym. From that day I started working out more. Before the Olympics, I couldn’t run for 20 minutes but now I can continue for 45 minutes. That experience has really opened my eyes.
I was feeling jet lagged in Rio and woke up at 1am in the morning. I was on my balcony and even during that time, there were athletes jogging! It was amazing to see how much hard work they put into their fitness.
I played really good golf in the Olympics but the numbers didn’t show. I had good practice there and back home last week. I’m really happy with how I’m playing now so I’m looking forward to the week.
I’ve gained some distance and I have my accuracy so now I think it will be easier for me to play here.
Nicholas Fung of Malaysia Nicholas Fung of Malaysia
Nicholas Fung (Mas)
This is my first time here. I’m very excited because a lot of my friends have been here before and they told me to come here and play at least once.
The golf course is quite narrow and it is not long. It is very tricky on the putting greens because it is completely different from what we play on in Asia. That will be my biggest challenge this week.
I just need to practise more on the putting greens to build my confidence.
I want to try and win one Asian Tour event this year. I’ve been close but I still need to work harder to win. That’s my target. I led by two shots in Taipei earlier this year but I lost in the event. I was tensed and that was the problem.
But it is normal to feel pressure especially when you are chasing for a first win. It was the same problem for (Jeunghun) Wang but look at him now? I look to him for inspiration.
I’m still on track to finish top-10 on the Order of Merit. I need a good result this week. I want to try and qualify for the CIMB Classic and WGC-HSBC Champions in China (cut-off date October 17, 2016).
Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
It is really exciting to be here. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this place and I was in awe when I arrived here. The views from the tee boxes are unreal. I’m playing well and I’m happy with my game. I just need to grind it out a bit more.
(On the Olympics) It is a different feeling coming here. I represent my country in every tournament I play in including this week. But it was different in the Olympics because it is a different feeling when you wear your flag on your shirt.
Miguel Tabuena of Philippines Miguel Tabuena of Philippines
I hurt my right shoulder in the opening round the Olympics. I was supposed to play in a local event after the Olympics but I decided to take it easy. I wanted to be 100% healthy for this week. There’s so much at stake for me. If I do well, I can put some pressure on Marcus Fraser on the Order of Merit.
I was thinking about stopping after the first round because I was in pain but it is hard to do so when you have your flag is on your shirt. I didn’t want to stop playing because of an injury. I finished the tournament with what I had and I took three days off when I got home.
I don’t feel any pain now and I hope I continue to remain injury free. Honestly, I feel fine so I’m glad I can play this week without any worries.
S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind)
This is a beautiful place to play golf. Every year I look forward to returning to Crans. This is not a long golf course and it is good for short hitters like myself! I’m feeling positive ahead of this week and I’m looking forward when it starts.
I played well here last year (finished T24) but it could have been much better if I did not finish with a bogey and double bogey. I always play consistently here but last year was still my best performance.
"Hero Indian Open - Day Two"Every time I play on a short course, I feel very positive. My game suits this course and I feel that I can win here. I’m hoping for the best.
I take 30 seconds to hit a tee shot here and after that, I’m just looking at the beautiful sceneries. It is very beautiful here.
The Olympics was a great experience. I saw so many great athletes. Some of them are so tall and it was great to meet different athletes from different sports. I really enjoyed myself.
I’m very lucky to represent my country in the Olympics. The experience was completely different as compared to playing in a normal golf tournament. The athletes are so serious when it comes to training and fitness. That has sort of pushed me to work harder and put in even more effort in my training. It was a huge motivation for me.
Chan Shih-chang (Tpe)
This is my first time here and I feel really good. You have good views, the golf course is great and I’m feeling excited with the tournament vibes. Everything is beautiful here.
This is the first time I’m playing in Europe and I’m very excited. There are many good players so it will be an exciting week for me.
Honestly, I can’t believe I won the King’s Cup presented by PTT. The victory changed a lot of things in my career and it allowed me to play in this week’s Omega European Masters. I’m so happy.
I think I can play well here. I still have that winning feeling because I won on the local circuit last week. I don’t know what to expect. I just want to play and not think too much. That’s what I did at King’s Cup and I won.