#PanasonicOpenIndia-Rd 2 What They Said

Sat 03 Dec 2016

#PanasonicOpenIndia-Rd 2 What They Said

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Mukesh Kumar of India Mukesh Kumar of India
New Delhi, December 3: Read what players have to say following the second round of the Panasonic Open India on Saturday.
Mukesh Kumar (Ind) – Second Round 69 (-3), Total 136 (-8)
I was just focusing on my game today and not thinking too much about the scores. My putting did the job for me as the percentage of the left to right putt conversion was higher than the first round. However, I’d look to further improve on that. The first three birdies set up the round for me and raised my confidence a great deal.
Course management is important here at the DGC and I’ll stick to the same clubs that I’ve played in the first two rounds. I hardly use the driver and the 3-wood here and I’ll follow the same approach in round three. However, I will look to be a little more aggressive than the first two rounds as the field is very strong and there are a lot of good players chasing me. I’ll use all my experience of playing at the DGC for so many years.
I’ll also have to mix it well by taking some advice from my caddie and also following my own instinct. I made a mistake today by not listening to him on the 16th where I used a longer club and landed in the bunker which in turn resulted in a bogey.
Winning this week would be proving to myself, rather than anyone else, that I’m good enough to win at the international level even in the twilight of my career.
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha) – Second Round 69 (-3), Total 138 (-6)
I was just trying to keep the ball on the fairways. This is a very narrow course. I was trying to stay consistent, keep the ball in play and hole some putts out there. I didn’t managed to hole some putts in the first two rounds but I guess the score is acceptable. The conditions are clearly better today.
I have been practising a lot before coming here. I thought this event would be a good warm up for me before the season finale next week. I didn’t expect myself to lead here. I am happy with how I stand. I want to get some rest today and not think too much about tomorrow. It has been a long week so far.
It was really confusing out there yesterday. We were trying to finish as much as we can. It seems like we don’t have to hurry now that the tournament has been cut to 54 holes. I just got back to playing full time on the Asian Tour recently. I took a couple of months off. It’s good to be back. It’s good to be playing tournaments again.
Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka
Mithun Perera (Slk) – Second Round 68 (-4), Total 138 (-6)
I played decent golf out there. It’s been good so far. I left too many putts out there. Otherwise it could have been so much better. I was able to hit fairways and my second shots are good too. My driving accuracy has always been my strong point and I am glad to put it to my advantage here. I have always played well at the Delhi Golf Club so I am happy to put myself in prime position again.
I have one more round to go to try and keep my card with a win. It’s not going to be easy but I know it is possible, especially playing on my favourite golf course. Anything can happen tomorrow, I just have to stick to my game plan and do what I need to do. The plan is to hole some putts and I should have a good chance.
I have a good caddie from Delhi Golf Club this week. He is very good and he has helped me a lot with the lines reading. I will just focus on making fairways and greens and try to make putts tomorrow.
The season hasn’t been great. I came here without any expectations really. I am playing good but I lost my driving distance. I used to hit 245 yards but now I hit only 230. I guess the reason is because I played too much golf in the past one year. I didn’t have enough rest. I was tired and didn’t keep up with my fitness. I will need to plan my schedule wisely next year. I have learnt a lot this year.
When you’re playing good, you don’t think much about planning the schedule. But when you’re not playing well, you actually think of making a change. I want to focus more on my fitness next year and hopefully that will give me more confidence.
I gave myself very good chances out there. I had like four chip-ins today on hole seven, nine, 13 and 18 yesterday which was a great boost of confidence for me. That saved a lot of shots for me. I had an eagle-birdie at the turn which was a great. I got very lucky with my tee shot on 18. My ball hit the cart path and then hit the tree before bouncing back onto the fairway. I lay up from there, hit my second shot from 100 yards and chipped in from front edge of the green for eagle.
Khalin Joshi of India Khalin Joshi of India
Khalin Joshi (Ind) – Second Round 71 (1), Total 138 (-6)
I played good so far. The last 18 holes weren’t as good. I didn’t hit the ball well. I have been hitting it left but I actually putted better than I did in the first round. I was just trying to finish with a decent number. I am going to the range later to get some practice and get my swing back to how I hit the ball in the first round. The key is to hit fairways here. I will be looking to do that in the final round tomorrow. If I keep doing that, I should have a good chance.
Shubhankar Sharma (Ind) – Second Round 68 (-4), Total 139 (-5)  
My hitting was much better as compared to round one and that explains the better score. I also sank four birdie putts from a range of 10 to 25 feet. I made an excellent recovery from the bunker to birdie the eighth.
I lost some momentum midway through the round with those two bogeys on the 12th and 13th where I missed a chip-putt and then made a three-putt.
But that happens when you play your round over two days. It takes some time to get back into the zone. Nonetheless, I think I’m quite well-placed at the moment. I have a good launch-pad for the final round.
I’m very relaxed going into the final round as I’ve secured my card for next season and now looking forward to a top finish here.