Panasonic Open Rd 1 - What They Said

Thu 26 Sep 2013

Panasonic Open Rd 1 - What They Said

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Shingo Katayama (Jpn) – First Round 63 (-8)
I’ve been playing well in the last two weeks but I can’t seem to win on the last day. I’ve been struggling with the long putts.
When I played in the practice round yesterday, I was expecting a tough week because this is a tough course and the wind was blowing so strongly. So I’m quite lucky to shoot such a low score.
I’ve been playing well since September. I’ve been able to adjust my game and it seems to click today.
I haven’t won for a while but if I do win then it will be like a new me. I won’t say that I’m returning to my best form. It is just a new Shingo Katayama.
To be honest, I really hated going to the golf course in between 2009 and 2010 because I wasn’t playing well. But this year has been rather exciting so far.
Now, I’m focused on what’s in front of me and hopefully that feeling will last. I do not want to think about the future.
Pariya Junhasavasdikul (Tha) – First Round 65 (-6)
I didn’t expect to shoot six-under because the wind was blowing quite strongly even at six in the morning. But when you make birdie, eagle and birdie in the first three holes, it makes things much easier.
I guess I’m continuing my form after winning at the Selangor Masters (in Malaysia in June). I played well in Switzerland but I didn’t take my swing to Chinese Taipei (two weeks ago).
I have no idea why I’m playing so well. That’s the beauty of the game. There’s always an upside and a downside. When you are down, you got to keep telling yourself that you will come back strongly.
If you asked me what I did to improve, I’ll say that I enjoy my life a little bit more. I don’t take golf too seriously anymore. I practice less but put in quality practice instead of quantity. Enjoy life and do whatever I want to do.
I didn’t touch my golf clubs much after I won. I practised less than an hour a day. I do a lot of indoor surfing these days and probably surf more than I golf. That’s another part of me and I really enjoy it. Once you enjoy something, I guess it carries on and has an effect on golf.
I enjoy playing golf. When you are playing golf, you definitely enjoy playing the game. You still have to come out here and grind it out even when you are playing badly. But you can always find a positive outcome even from a bad round.
Rory Hie (Ina) – First Round 69 (-2)
I was really impressed with the way I played today. It was fun to play with the two Japanese stars Hideto Tanihara and Hiroyuki Fujita. The course was playing pretty tough. The windy was gutsy but thankfully I had a good caddy with me and we managed to play through it.
I was one-over par going into the 18th hole (started from the 10th tee) but birdied that and the next two holes. That was good and I stayed on two-under.
I had a solid week in Chinese Taipei two weeks ago (finished tied 12th). I’ve played in four Asian Tour events so far this season and I feel that my game is coming along. If I can play well this week then I have a good chance to finish inside the top-60 on the Order of Merit and earn a Tour card for next year. That’s my goal.
I visited my coach (George Pinnell) in the summer and he helped improve on my putting. It wasn’t technique but more a mental aspect of how to visualize the ball rolling into the hole.
*Rory Hie qualified for the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open when he won the Road to Panasonic Open Series in Indonesia.