#PanasonicOpen Preview What They Said

Wed 20 Apr 2016

#PanasonicOpen Preview What They Said

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Jyoti Randhawa (Ind)
I like my bikes and I was on my all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trying to get up a steep slope. I accelerated at the wrong time and it flipped over. I jumped away but it landed on my right foot and broke my right leg.
I didn’t break the main shin bone but it was the smaller bone. It was an actual break but it wasn’t that bad because the bone was still in the same place. I was in a plaster for six weeks and had a lot of rest. It happened in February while I was on holiday in India.
The doctor told me I had to be in a cast for six weeks. I thought I could play in the Indian Open. When the cast came off, I had some trouble walking so I withdrew.
I’m back and I’m feeling great. I haven’t played much. It was my first nine holes yesterday (Tuesday).
Jyoti Randhawa of India Jyoti Randhawa of India
I had a good time at home for six weeks. These days they have a new type of plaster where you can walk in it. So two weeks after my injury I was walking with a stick. I went to my farm to rest and relaxed. I had a great time with the family but the only thing I missed was playing in tournaments.
It does take some time to get back especially when you are older. I’m a bit stiff and I’m not swinging as good as I wish to but it is mind over matter I guess. I’ve played a lot, been there and done that before so I’m going to try and manoeuvre the golf course with my ‘B Game’.
This is probably one of the flattest golf courses in Japan. It is in great shape and the rough is not up so it might be a low scoring week this week.
Gavin Green (Mas)
The win was big and it was good! It was a big jump for me. I was playing solid and I’ve always been close so thankfully I pulled it off last week. I played solid last week, struggled a bit in the middle but overall I was comfortable, hitting the ball solid and I was able to take advantage of that.
At times it was frustrating but that’s golf, you can’t win every week. I understood that and I knew I had to stay patient and focus on every shot. I went slowly, I didn’t rush things. I practised and stayed focussed. I kept staying patient and that was the main thing for me. I’m glad it paid off.
I’ve been working a lot on my swing and it is currently in the B zone but it is slowly coming together.
I wasn’t looking at the Olympic rankings at all (at the start of the year) because if I knew if I played solid then everything would take care of itself. I put my mind into golf and practised hard.
I didn’t really get distracted by anything. When I was home I played ping pong with my brother and went out with my friends. It felt like I was a kid again but when I’m on the course, I’m fully focussed.
I have to keep doing the same thing even though I have a chance at qualifying for the Olympics. I need to stay patient and keep working on my swing. I’m focussed this week at hitting fairways and try to make greens.
It is a really good course. This is my second time in Japan. I love the food here and that’s important. I’m hoping for a solid hitting week.
Natipong Srithong (Tha)
Natipong Srithong of Thailand Natipong Srithong of Thailand
The golf course is good. There isn’t much rough so that’s nice. I like this golf course and the weather is so nice. This is my last semester in law school. My final exam will be next month. My golf game is good.
I’ve been practising a lot on my short game because I feel that’s one part of my game that wasn’t very good. When I won in Philippines last year, my ball striking and putting were good but I didn’t chip as well as I would have liked to. I’m feeling very confident in my game now.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
My game is good. It is almost dangerous because I’m hitting the ball so well and I can target any pin but it can backfire on you because there are times when you need to play it safe. You can’t be aggressive all the time. But overall, I’m still happy with my game.
I’ve played well in the big events this year and once you do well in those events, it feels that you can play anywhere. I’m really confident with my game and hopefully it shows up this week.
It is always nice to be back in Japan and playing in a new tournament. The weather is always nice here. It is nice to wear a sweater when you play golf instead of sweating bullets!
I just came back from a back injury. I was injured about three weeks ago. I was playing in a local event and I had to pull out. I was up there on the leaderboard but I didn’t want to force myself to go on because I had to prepare for this event. I’m fully recovered and I’m ready to go.
Siddikur Rahman (Ban)
The win two weeks ago has really helped me gain more confidence. It was a great week. I hope to utilize that confidence for this week. I’ve been struggling in the last two years. I wanted to win a tournament and it finally happened.
Mentally and physically, I’m feeling good. After the win, my confidence is high. I like coming back to Japan. The standard of golf here is high and I like playing in this type of conditions.
I’m not 100% recovered yet. It will take time. I’m trying to stay positive. I’ve been working hard on and off the course so hopefully I will be back to my best soon.
I don’t want to give myself pressure. If I can get into the Olympics then it will be good for me and my country. If I play well then the result will help me achieve that dream. I wish I can represent my country at the Olympics so hopefully I can start getting good results.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha)
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand
I’ve been playing on the local tour and sharpening my game to prepare for this week. I had a slow start this year and it isn’t the start I hoped for but the game is getting back on track. Equipment change is always hard but it is getting there.
I’ve been working on my irons and I’ve sorted that issue. That’s the key for me to return to form.
I always try to get my first win on the Asian Tour. That’s the plan and goal for me. The golf course is really nice. The course is really amazing. It took me 12 hours to get here from Thailand because our plane couldn’t land!
Chiragh Kumar (Ind)
Panasonic is the lucky tournament for me. Japan is always great. It will be awesome to play well in Japan. I love the way the courses are and the tournaments are organized so well. It is great to be here.
It is always nice to win anything. I need to play better golf outside India to win. I’ve been playing well so let’s see what happens. This is an old style Japanese golf course and it is beautiful. I can’t wait to start on Thursday. My game is good. Everything is looking good.
Once you finish on a certain position on the Order of Merit, you want to better it. That’s the idea and the goal this year. I’m looking forward to playing well in the big events including this one and improve on my world rankings.
You always want to up your game and that’s what everybody wants to do. Winning outside of India would be great. It is not about doing things differently but trusting what you have and keep doing the same thing.
I’m more confident now. I’m out here playing and I’m confident of playing well because I had some good finishes last year.