#PanasonicOpenIndia-What They Said

Wed 30 Nov 2016

#PanasonicOpenIndia-What They Said

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New Delhi, November 30: Read what players have to say ahead of the Panasonic Open India, which is celebrating its sixth consecutive edition this week.
Chiragh Kumar of India, defending champion
Chiragh Kumar (IND) - Defending champion
There aren’t too many titles i have to defend so i’m looking forward to going back there. It is good that i’m playing well and i’ll carry some confidence heading into the event. There are so many memories from last year. It was so close to the very end and i only knew i won on the 18th green so that’s my fondest memory. It was an awesome feeling to grind it out and win.
Life has been good. I get to play in more pro-ams! It is always great to be exempt where you don’t need to think if you are getting in a tournament or not. You always want to be in this type of positions.
I played solid last week. I putted well. It was nice to finish the way I did. I think I have kept my card for now. It’s a big relief heading into the last few events on the Asian Tour. I can go out there and play with that big pressure off my shoulder now.
Mardan Mamat of Singapore Mardan Mamat of Singapore
Mardan Mamat (Sin)
It’s always nice to be back here at the Delhi Golf Club. This is where I claimed my first Asian Tour victory. The course is still as tight as before. You got to keep the ball on the fairways all the time. If you can keep the ball in play, it doesn’t matter how long you hit to get onto the greens. You will get better chances of making birdies. This course suits my game a lot.
Every tournament is important to me. But I do need to try and boost my ranking on the Order of Merit this week and next week. The game has been a little off but I am gaining back some confidence. Hopefully I can hole some putts this week.
I have been working on my putting. I think that’s one of the keys to score on this course. The putter hasn’t been performing well as of late so I hope it will do some magic this week.
I will play with no expectations this week. The main aim is to finish inside top-60 this season. But I will be a happier man if I can do better than that at the end of the season.
It’s great to see a lot of young players coming up to contend on the Asian Tour. I believe the domestic Tour has done a great job in cultivating these up and coming young talents. Not just India, I think the domestic Tours in Thailand and the Philippines have been a great help too.
I think with the appropriate help and support from the local Tours, players can really benefit. I feel that these countries are moving in the right way in the development of the game.
Arjun Atwal of India Arjun Atwal of India
Arjun Atwal (Ind)
This course is very tight. The number one key here is to hit as many fairways as you can. If you play from the shot grass, you are going to do pretty well. If you start missing fairways, it’s basically a done deal for you. It’s all about hitting fairways here.
It’s good to be back at the Delhi Golf Club although it’s my first time playing in the tournament. I am excited to be here. The game feels good so I am looking forward to a good week.
Lee Chieh-po (Tpe)
This is my second time playing in the Panasonic Open India. The game is feeling good. It’s getting better, for sure. This is one of the two events left for me for this season. I have got a lot to do to boost my rankings on the Order of Merit and keep my card for 2017. Having said that, I will just play with an open mind this week. I just want to enjoy the game.
The season hasn’t been great, in terms of results. But I have gained a lot of experiences playing on Tour this year. All aspects of my game have been improving as well.
I don’t think the Delhi Golf Club is extremely challenging. You just need to play smart on this course and you really need to keep your calm out there. Some of the holes seem easy here but you actually need to stay compose and give it more thoughts on how to tackle these holes.
Javi Colomo of Spain Javi Colomo of Spain
Javi Colomo (Esp)
I have been struggling a bit with the long game this season but I am learning and I am working very hard to improve my game. I am still very positive about my season. This week is really important for me. I am on the bubble right now. I need to play good this week to try and move up the rankings. I am feeling confident and calm. Hopefully I can stay focused this week.
The game is feeling good. I have played the Delhi Golf Club a couple of times. It is not my favourite course but I do like the challenge here. The aim is to finish inside top-10 this week. I haven’t had many good results here but I need a good week to finish the season on a high. I will try my best to finish inside top-10. That’s not impossible.
Chikkarangappa S. (IND)
It is always special coming to play at the Delhi Golf Club. I have been playing well on the Asian Tour this year and I am obviously looking for a win. It would mean a lot to win the Panasonic Open India as it is on home soil. Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P. Chawrasia have all won the event before going on to play on the bigger stage. I am really looking for that breakthrough win and looking forward to the week.
I have come close to winning. I think a win is around the corner for me. I just have to stay patient. I think my game has gotten better over the last few events so I just need to focus on what I need to do and things should fall in place.
It has been a great experience for me at the World Cup of Golf last week. It’s an honour to be able to represent my country. It’s great to be back. I just want to enjoy myself this week.
liang Wenchong, Chiragh Kumar and S.Chikkaranagappa liang Wenchong, Chiragh Kumar and S.Chikkaranagappa
Liang Wen-chong (CHN)
I haven’t been back to the Delhi Golf Club since 2008 so I am really looking forward to it. It is a very impressive course to me. India is a country with rich history and culture too. I have had a great experience the last time I was there.
I remember hitting my five-wood well and putting well to shoot an opening 60 that week. It is still the best round I have had in my career so far! I am just going to enjoy my game and experience more of the challenging yet pretty course next week.
I don’t think I can shoot a 60 again here this week but it’s a good motivation. I feel good to set that record to the players out here.
The development of golf has grown a lot over the years too. It’s good to see the young faces from India coming out to compete and even contending on the Tour. I think Panasonic has done a superb job in providing the players with playing opportunities to grow their game. It has definitely helped in cultivating more young talents in the country. It is a great improvement to see.
Mithun Perera of Sir Lanka Mithun Perera of Sir Lanka
Mithun Perera (SLK)
I came close to winning on that course before so I have good feelings about that course. My driving accuracy has always been good. I have no doubt about that. I believe it will be an advantage for me as accuracy is important on that course. I need to win the event to keep my card for next year.
It’s going to be a very important week for me. There is going to be a bit of pressure but I am confident I can still do something to save my card. The game is pretty good at the moment. I am just waiting to cap one good week. I need to stay patient for it.
Shubhankar Sharma (IND)
I am feeling good about my game at the moment and it’s a great feeling to have heading into Panasonic Open India! The Panasonic Open India has a special place in my heart. I used to play a lot of my junior golf in and around Delhi and the Panasonic event is always the one we will look forward to as it’s where you get to see all the big stars playing.
My first top-five finish on the Asian Tour came during this event two years back as well. I finished a shot behind the leaders who went into a playoff. I have a great affinity and feel for the course. The Delhi Golf Club challenges many aspects of your game at the same time. You have to be good at everything to play well here.
You need to play your irons well at DGC. It will be the key to keep the ball on the fairways. You need to take your calculated chances with the woods as you may get rewarded. Like most of the players, I won’t be using a driver this week.
The season has been good so far but not great, honestly. I expected to do a lot better. Having said that, I am happy where I am standing at the moment. I would love to finish the year on a winning note at DGC. It will be a fitting tribute to the course where I have some great memories of my golfing career so far.