#PerthIntl Rd 1: What they said

Thu 25 Feb 2016

#PerthIntl Rd 1: What they said

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Perth, Australia February 25: Read what leading contenders have to say following their opening round at this week's ISPS Handa Perth International.
Peter Uihlein (Usa)
Seven-under-par 65
I'm pleased with the way it came out. I was mentally sound. I didn't really let the bad shots turn me.  When it's in the wind like this, you're going to hit bad shots, everybody does, so you've just got to accept it and move on from there. I putted nicely, which is always helpful, but if I didn't hit a good shot I didn't really let it bother me, I just let it roll off my back and I was ready for the next one. Where I live in South Florida, it's pretty windy.  And went to college in Oklahoma, it was pretty windy.  I don't really mind the wind.  I think I'm like everybody elsewhere we like it dead calm, but I don't really -- I'm not really opposed to it if it is windy. But playing out here, it's always a treat and it's one of my favourite courses.  Yeah, I don't really care how the weather is.  I just really like playing out here, so it's nice.
Shiv Kapur (Ind)
Six-under-par 66
I wasn't even sure I was going to tee it up.  I was really struggling on the driving range this morning with my shoulder, and the chiropractor here did a great job to get me fit to play, and popped a couple of pills and went out there.  And like I was saying, sometimes when you drop the expectations and you don't really think about a golf swing, you're just trying to get it around and play one shot at a time, the old cliché in golf, it seems to work pretty well. I had a strain in my supraspinatus, which in layman's terms, is the muscle that connects the neck to the shoulder.  It actually happened just lifting my golf bag off the carousel a couple of weeks ago.  It's not really improving, but it was good enough for me to play. And sometimes, like I said, you don't try and swing hard at it and it works.  This is a typical golf course where you need to keep the ball in play and obviously keep it under the wind.  I think in a way, it might have actually helped me. Well, it got better as I warmed up, but the first few shots that I hit, I couldn't really hold the club at the top of my backswing.  It seemed to get better. The sort of attitude I had, it's been going on for a couple of weeks now, so it's been a bit frustrating for me.  I'm one of those, even last week, I played terribly in the first round, but I just said, I'm going to play through it.  If you sign up to play a tournament, you want to give it your best until you can really not swing. I've checked with the physios and the chiro, and they said it's not really going to do me any damage if I play, but it's not going to heal.  So, as long as I'm in a position where I can swing a golf club, I'm going to keep playing.
Mardan Mamat (Sin)
Three-under-par 69
I’m very pleased with my performance on the golf course considering how windy it was today.  It was difficult to predict where the winds would be blowing especially in the first five holes. It can get pretty gusty and that’s where you would lose the shot. I’ve played under such conditions before so this is not something new to me. I know how to plan my shots and it helps that I’ve a local caddy who helps with the local knowledge of this golf course. It was a very good partnership today.
Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa)
Two-under-par 70
I just found the places on the green you're not supposed to be.  Other than the first hole, I had a putt for birdie and I just missed it.  From there, every single putt was downhill, curling, couldn't really hit a speed I was going to make it.  Just found myself the wrong sides.I still hit the ball well.  I'm playing pretty good I feel.  Good putts but I left myself with brutal putts on the back nine. I like playing here.  I like to take it on with the driver and give yourself short clubs in.  I'm hitting my driver pretty good at the moment.  Yeah, I enjoy the golf course.  I just need to think a bit better around it.  I left myself, like I said, with a few shockers to try and make birdies. I'm obviously hitting it really well all day, and just found myself on the front nine in awkward spots on the greens.  I couldn't really go for any putts for birdies.  I had to think of speed the whole time, and just get it close. So, it's a bit unfortunate.  I need to think a bit better around that front nine to leave myself with a few uphill putts.
Danny Chia (Mal)
One-over-par 73
I’m very impressed with this golf course as the conditions are really immaculate. The last time I played here was almost 15 years ago so I can’t really remember much. However, I do know there are lots of blind tee shots. I’m not really pleased with my round as I had a bit of a hiccup during the middle of my round. I was doing well in my front-nine. The referee was chasing us during the middle of the round. I rushed myself a little bit over there and that was where I started losing a bit of my rhythm. I don’t always feel comfortable in situations like these when I’m being hurried. I came here two years ago for a holiday but I didn’t play golf. Perth has always been a very beautiful place to me and the weather is just great!