#OEM2016 Rd 2 What They Said

Sat 03 Sep 2016

#OEM2016 Rd 2 What They Said

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Romain Langasque (Fra) – Second Round 63 (-7), Total 131 (-9)
I’m really happy about this round. My driving and putting was really, really good. It is good to play well on this course. I enjoyed my round.
The wind comes in the afternoon so the course will be tougher. I was very happy with a -2 yesterday and I was thinking that I will have good green and less wind for good scoring.
(On the Challenge Tour) I’m quite sure I will be on the European Tour next year so I play without pressure. If I play good that’s cool and if I play bad then it is no problem. I have nothing to lose. I have no pressure and maybe that’s why I can play good.
My hopes for the weekend? Win. I will try my best to win. Most important is to have fun all the time.
Richard Bland (Eng) – Second Round 64 (-6), Total 131 (-9)
Those last three birdies are going to make dinner taste that little bit sweeter. I felt like I played better yesterday, I hit it better, but my short game got me out of jail a few times today and I holed a couple of putts coming in. I hit it better coming in so that was nice too.
I had a silly three-putt on the 10th (his first). My first putt of the day was up and over the slope and I didn’t make anything of it, then had a 360 horseshoe from about four feet, but I just shrugged it off and knew I was hitting it well enough to score around here.
The conditions are perfect, the course is perfect. It’s probably as good as I’ve seen it as long as I’ve been coming here. I knew there was a score there but it was just about being patient and letting it happen.
The course can trip you up. It got a bit breezy Saturday afternoon last year and I was playing with Bradley Dredge and Matt Fitzpatrick – Fitz played well and me and Dredgy kind of dragged each other down.
You get it out of shape around here you’re going to make it difficult for yourself so it’;s about attacking at the right time and knowing when not to attack. It is my 11th year here so I should know my way around here. Hopefully that will hold me in good stead at the weekend.
It’s looking like it’s going to be my best season but I still haven’t got over the finish line yet and I want to do that. Maybe it’ll come this week but there’s a lot of golf to go yet. I’m looking forward to playing these three weeks.
I feel like I haven’t played a lot in the last two months, with Majors and Olympics so I was really looking forward to trying to get some momentum going these next few weeks, and just get myself as high up as I can.
Hopefully I can sneak up into that top 30 and guarantee myself an Open spot next year, and improve my world ranking, which I’m trying to do. Suddenly those doors start opening so I’m looking forward and enjoying my golf.
Richard Green (Aus) – Second Round 66 (-4), Total 131 (-9)
It’s been a bit of a difficult road this year and it’s nice to be playing some nice golf again. My game is feeling very solid and the work I’ve put in in the last few months to try and get it right, it’s starting to show some signs again.
I’m very happy with the limited amount of bogeys and to keep them off the card and keep progressing, attacking for birdies and if I can keep doing that over the weekend I’ll be happy.
“My driving hasn’t been great early part of the season but it’s certainly coming together and allowing me to play golf so that and the putting have been working pretty well. When those two parts of my game come good I play well.
Keeping my card is in the back of my mind and I’ll be doing as much as I can to make sure I can do that as soon as possible.
It’s a beautiful place, one of my favourite weeks. I never came here for a lot of years through the 2000s but in the five of six years that I’ve been here I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s a great place.
Scott Hend (Aus), Second Round 67 (-3) – Total 132 (-8)
The golf course can grab you pretty quick so you don’t want to push it forward. You just want to hit fairways, greens and hopefully you have a couple of makeable putts. The greens are quite tricky to read. I played yesterday on the greens in the morning where there was a little bit less traffic on it.
It has been magic. The weather here the last two days have been unbelievable. You can’t ask for better weather in the last two days we had.
It doesn’t take much to have a little bit of lapse in concentration here. You hit one in the water, you take a drop or hit one to the back and all of a sudden you are playing ping pong. I’ve been in this position a lot this year and I’ve learnt a fair bit from it so hopefully we can forge ahead and see what happens.
Richard T. Lee (Can), Second Round 65 (-5) – Total 132 (-8)
I came off with three bogeys and I was thinking of the cut-line a little  bit. After I made my first birdie, I started to make a run.
Honestly I’m currently 58th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit and I’m thinking of going to the European Tour Qualifying School. Those three bogeys angered me and I told myself that I’m not going to lose my Asian Tour card.
(On his eagle on the 14th hole) I almost hit my second shot into the water but it landed on the fringe. I made about a 50-footer eagle putt there.
After those three bogeys, I switched my putting style and made a lot more putts. That made me calm down a bit more. I made my right hand straighter and my stroke smoother. That helped me turn it around.
Li Hao-tong (Chn), Second Round 70 (E) – Total 135 (-5)
Yeah it was another tough day for me. On hole number three, I used a seven iron and the ball landed in the bunker and was plugged. I made double bogey there but played very well in the next few holes. Made some really good up-and-downs and caught a couple of birdies.
On the back nine, I hit it really well and had a lot of birdie chances which I didn’t make. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.
I still have a chance. I’ll just play my best. I haven’t been patient in the last few weeks but this week I’ve been very patient. Hopefully I can play well and stay patient. You need to have a lot of patience here because this course is so tricky and challenging.