#PanasonicOpenIndia - Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 01 Dec 2016

#PanasonicOpenIndia - Rd 1 What They Said

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Rashid Khan of India Rashid Khan of India
New Delhi, December 1: Read what players have to say following the fog-delayed opening round of the Panasonic Open India on Thursday.
Rashid Khan (Ind) – First Round 67 (-5)
It was all good today. I missed a few shorts putts but overall it was alright.
I am happy with a bogey-free round. I injured my wrist earlier. I haven’t recovered fully yet but it’s getting better. I wasn’t thinking much out there. I know this course very well. I just find it a little difficult to read the greens today. It feels kind of different today. The greens are usually faster than this.
It’s tough for everyone I believe. This is a course which you need to hit the fairways. I will try and keep things the same heading into the next two rounds. The season hasn’t been ideal for me. I have had a lot of injuries, including the bike accident a few months back. I missed a lot of tournaments this year.
I still haven’t found my best game yet so I am really looking for one this week. I just
need another good round.
Khalin Joshi of India Khalin Joshi of India
Khalin Joshi (Ind) – First Round 67 (-5)
I hit most of the fairways which is the key on this golf course. I holed a few long puts but I missed a few short ones today. I came back and played 12 holes today. I am not really affected by the fog delays. Everyone is facing the same situation. I am not complaining. I missed a few putts yesterday so I though the suspension helped a bit. I got some practice after that and I am happy to come back today and put myself in the lead.
I am looking forward to the next round. I will try and go as low as possible. I will try and grab the outright lead if I can. I am just very excited right now. I need to play well this week to keep my Asian Tour card and I have put myself in a good position right now. I just need to stay focused.
I have had a fair amount of success on this course. I am looking forward to a win really. I like this course but I have not played well in this tournament for the past few years. I am feeling good with where I stand. The game’s been feeling good. I just need to cap four
good rounds. We will see how it goes.
Shamim Khan (Ind) – First Round 67 (-5)
The game has been feeling good since winning a local event in Mumbai last week. I’ve been making a lot of long putts since last week. I converted a couple as well today. My short-game has been sharp.
However, I’ve not been hitting it well off the tee. My tee shots really need to improve if I have to put myself in contention in the next two rounds.
I generally make a lot of regulations but that wasn’t the case in round one. I guess I was feeling the effects of playing the round over two days as I played six holes yesterday and 12 today.
I’ve grown up playing at the DGC, so I know even if I’m not at my best I can still shoot a good score here. Importantly, I kept the errors out in the first round.
Jyoti Randhawa of India Jyoti Randhawa of India
Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) – First Round 67 (-5)
The Delhi Golf Club is my favourite golf course. I have won four times here. It’s great to finish with three birdies. I holed a long putt on 16, had a chip-in on 17 and sank a two-footer on last. I am hitting the ball really good. I didn’t hit it as good on the front but to finish five-under, I am very happy. The golf course is in great conditions. It’s in a great shape. I am planning in the whole day tomorrow. I don’t know if I will get to play due to the delay. I will try and do the same thing going into the second round.
I had a two-hour sleep during the fog delay and I went for a massage. It didn’t really affect me much. I felt fresh when I started the round. I missed the green slightly on the 17. I thought I would have made the putt if my ball was on the green so why not I chip? I did it and it was great. On the 16, I hit my tee shot short of the trees and then a four-iron onto the green before sinking a 30-footer for birdie. That was amazing.
I haven’t played must earlier in the year due to injury but I am starting to play a lot now, coming to this part of the season. I played five weeks in a row and took one week off before playing two straight weeks again. I almost won in Manila last month. My form is good. I am feeling good about my game. I think playing in consecutive weeks helps a lot. It’s the tournament playing that has got me the form. I want to keep doing that next year too.
Mukesh Kumar of India Mukesh Kumar of India
Mukesh Kumar (Ind) – First Round 67 (-5)
I was hitting it close on the back-nine but on the front-nine I managed to sink three long putts from 10 to 15 feet. I also made a good recovery from the bushes on the sixth where I drained a 15-footer for bogey.
I have a good idea and judgment of the DGC course having played here for so many years. That worked to my advantage today. I won an event here over a decade back. The course is definitely playing longer than usual this time and one has to adapt accordingly.
My tournament win on the PGTI in October has boosted my confidence and my ball-striking has been terrific since then. It’s now all about raising my game on the greens. I’m lacking in confidence as far as my putting is concerned, especially the right to left putts, and that’s one area that I’ll be looking to improve upon.
Kumar has won over 120 professional titles in his career.
Sutijet Kooratanapisan of Thailand Sutijet Kooratanapisan of Thailand
Sutijet Kooratanapisan (Tha) – First Round 70 (-2)
It was really difficult out there. After dropping two shots on 13, I kind of changed my strategy on the next hole which was a par-five. I decided to use a driver as it wasn’t windy. I managed to hit two on the green and make a birdie there. That gave me a lot of confidence. Overall, my tee shots were good today. That helped a lot.
Chiragh Kumar (Ind) – First Round 71 (-1)
It was a frustrating day. We had a long wait in the morning. I wasn’t hitting the ball particularly well but having said that, I am happy to return with a 71. I managed to grind it out so it is not too bad a score. The course is playing tough. It’s playing long and the greens are slow. The ball breaks a lot and it’s tough to make putts out there. It was a long day and I got tired towards the end.
I want to have a good night rest. We will see how it goes tomorrow. It’s going to be another long day again. Hopefully I can make more putts. I wasn’t thinking much heading into the round. It’s always hard when you get off to a bad start. Unfortunately it happened to me today. That gave me a bit of pressure. Thankfully I stick to my process and managed to grind it out for a one-under today.