"OQS-Thailand, Rd 1: What they said"

Thu 06 Mar 2014

"OQS-Thailand, Rd 1: What they said"

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Read what leading contenders have to say following their opening round at this week's Open Qualifying Series-Thailand.
Hiroshi Iwata (Jpn), Four-under-par 68
It was a great round of golf today. Everything worked to my advantage and I’m proud to be able to lead under such windy conditions today. But it’s far from over and anything can happen tomorrow. I’m going to try my best. It’s every professional’s dream to play in a Major and I’m no different.  I missed the cut when I played in The Open Championship in 2008. Hopefully I can make my return again this year and do better.
Carlos Pigem (ESP)Three-under-par 69
I’m really happy with how I’ve played today. It was okay in the front-nine as I was even par at the turn but I came back very strong in the back-nine with three birdies despite the strong winds. I’ve never played in The Open Championship before and it would be nice if I can get the chance to play in that Major for the first time. I’ve played links style courses on many occasions and it will be good if I can get the chance to use those experiences at The Open Championship.
 
Prom Meesawat (Tha), Three-under-par 69
I had a lucky draw today as I was playing the first group. The pin positions on some holes today were tough especially on the back-nine where it was very windy. Three-under was a very good score. When I decided to take part in this qualifier, I didn’t expect too much. This is a tough course and the best way to approach this qualifier is to adopt a relaxed attitude. I put too much pressure on myself in the past and that really backfired on me then.
Koh Dengshan (SIN), Three-under-par 69
This is my first time playing at Amata Spring Country Club and to be able to shoot a 69 is indeed very satisfying. I hit the ball well but it was my putting that really got me this good score. It was very windy out there especially the back-nine.  The winds on 17 were strong and 18 was tough. But overall it was a good day. I basically told myself not to set too much expectations this year. I just want to play good golf, enjoy my round and take whatever scores that come my way. It would be a dream come true if I can get to play in a Major in this lifetime. I draw a lot of inspiration knowing that Mardan and Chih Bing have both played in The Open Championship and it would be something I’ll really cherish if I get a chance to do so.