#PanasonicOpenIndia Preview What They Said

Wed 04 Nov 2015

#PanasonicOpenIndia Preview What They Said

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Marcus Both (Aus)
My game hasn’t been good but I’ve rectified most of the issues which I’ve battling with. My game feels in great shape although the scores have not really shown. I just need to stay comfortable and shooting some low scores, that’s the plan for the next three weeks.
My short game at the start of the year has been very poor. Once I sort of managed to fixed that then my long game suffered a little bit. This is a difficult game. It is tough to get everything firing on all cylinders on the same time. Everything feels quite good so I need to turn the corner fairly quickly in regards to the scoring side of things.
I’ve played on this golf course quite a few times before. I don’t need to hit the driver quite often so it might be a bit of a blessing in disguise. If I play well this week then I obviously know that my driving needs some work.
Marcus Both of Australia Marcus Both of Australia
I’ll carry the driver in my bag. I might hit it on the 10th hole. I always feel that it is good to have the driver in the bag in case of a change in strategy. Majority of the time I hit driver on holes 10 or three.
Siddikur Rahman (Ban)
I’m always happy to be back at the Delhi Golf Club. I have very good memories here and I’m excited to play this week.
I’m quite happy with my game. I played in the last five events and made four cuts. I think my game is back. My back injury is still bothering me but I know my body better.
I wish I won more here because this golf course suits my game. I have good confidence here and that’s the key to playing well here.
I had a break last week and I didn’t practice much. I just prepared myself mentally for this week. I’m feeling very confident ahead of this week.
Chikka S (Ind)
I’ve been playing well in the last couple of weeks so I’m looking for a big win on the Asian Tour soon. I’ve played a lot of course at the Delhi Golf Club as a junior so I have a lot of experience out here. I’ve been doing well in the last couple of years on this course.
I learnt how to play this golf course and got some feedback from Anirban on how to handle this course. I’m always in touch with him. Every once a week I have chat with him to catch up on things and he keeps putting me on the right path.
Yes, I need to put some money on the Order of Merit. I’m feeling the pressure but I always play my best when I’m under pressure.
Digvijay Singh (Ind)
Digvijay Singh of India Digvijay Singh of India
Somebody was telling, ‘you must really like Delhi Golf Club’ and there is no doubt that I really do.  This course has been really nice to me. The course is set up very beautiful this week. I don’t think I’ve played the course any better as compared to previous years. I could not put my finger on any part of the course which I thought needed any kind of work.
I remember my win from 2012 especially the birdie on the 18th hole which sealed it. My celebration on the 18th hole is a bit of a haze but I remember Jyoti Randhawa running out on the green and congratulating me. I knew my putt on 18 was going in. I threw my putter in the air even before the ball went into the hole. I remember the win almost like it happened yesterday.
My game is getting better. I’ve had a bad patch in the last seven months. I’ve struggled on the Asian Tour. Hopefully it will be better starting from this week.
I’ve only realised it in these last few years that this game is about the few inches between your ears. Sometimes you doubt yourself and that’s the time when you need to pick up the pieces and keep moving on. Doubts will only make it worst.
Rahil Gangjee (Ind)
It is a good thing to see so many young players winning now. In the past, golf was seen as an old men’s game. It is absolutely changing now because you see younger players winning and that’s because more corporate companies are sponsoring golf tournaments and that appeals to the younger generation. We are not complaining but the older guys would love to win too!
The older guys like myself still have chances to win because we have the experience. The youngsters are coming in and taking the cake more than we are and the challenge is getting tighter. If you look at the Asian Development Tour (ADT) event last week, Chikka S (eventual winner) and Shubhankar Sharma, who were in the play-off are aged 22 and 19!
I played this golf course so many times. There is no fixed formula to win. My main formula is to hit the ball good. If I hit it well then I’m always in contention here. I did that good last year and I led for all four days.
It was a chance for me to win last year after many years. I did a really good job but it didn’t work out my way. I think I brought less energy to the play-off as compared to S.S.P. Chawrasia. All credit to him because he is a great player. It took me a few months to recover from that defeat and realign my thoughts.
Chiragh Kumar (Ind)
I got badly injured in 2012. I played in a few events but I wasn’t able to play my best. I got my card back in 2013 because I was fit again. I played consistently most of last year but lost my card again. It hasn’t been all that bad but I haven’t had a high finish until Macao which has given me a lot of confidence.
I hurt my right ankle in 2012. I couldn’t go to the gym or play much. It actually started at the 2012 Panasonic Open India. I had to withdraw from the first round and it was a tough year for me.
Rahil Gangjee, Mithun Perera and Chiragh Kumar pose with the Panasonic Open India trophy Rahil Gangjee, Mithun Perera and Chiragh Kumar.
Having a good result gives you a lot of confidence but what’s more important is that I contended against Scott Hend and Anirban Lahiri! I was able to keep up with them and that gives me a lot of confidence and makes me believe that I can be out there and play against them.
I know this course well and if I can stick to my routine and process then I should be okay. I won’t complain about Macao. I played well enough but Scott Hend played better and he deserved to win. To be honest, I won’t complain if I had a week like that every week!
Mithun Perera (Slk)
I’ve been trying to be fit (laughs). I lost five kilograms. I’ve been doing a lot of cardio and I learnt how to swim! I exercised a lot and diet during the summer months but after I lost weight, I felt uncomfortable with my swing!
I struggled with my swing after that so I’ve been eating a lot of McDonald’s to put on weight. I gained one more kilogram and now I feel more comfortable with my swing. I’ve been told before that you can lose so much weight but I didn’t believe them. Now after my bad experience, I will only try to lose weight gradually.
I need a bit more luck because I’ve played well in some Asian Tour events this year. I think if every part of my game comes together then the tsunami of victories will come. I think my first win will come at the Delhi course.