PO preview What They Said

Wed 14 May 2014

PO preview What They Said

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Mardan Mamat (Sin)
It is nice to come back to Wack Wack and play in this event. It is great that the ICTSI Philippine Open returns on the Asian Tour Schedule. My game is a little bit shaky at the moment but it is getting better.
Hopefully my game will click by tomorrow. I didn’t play too bad in Singapore (The Championship). I was two-under but I missed the cut. I’m always pleased when I shoot under-par. I’ve been working on my game and I hope that it works out this week.
The course is in good shape. I remember when I won in 2012, the rough is quite high. There is not much rough this week but the course is still challenging. You got to be patient and respect some holes, especially the popular par-three eighth hole. If you are patient here then hopefully things will come your way.
I had a practice round and played in the pro-am today. I remember on number 14 I made a birdie putt which was a huge turning point in the event. I was actually looking at the same spot where I holed the putt during the pro-am (laughs). I remember some putts and shots that I made back in 2012 and playing on this golf course again brings back all those happy memories.
Berry Henson (Usa)
Wack Wack is a special place for me. I call it the Augusta of the Philippines! It just has that feel. It is a great place and I have a lot of good memories here. It has been a rough start for me earlier in the year. I switched coaches after the Maybank Malaysian Open (working with Mike Wilson) who I’ve had a lot of success previously.
We made some changes in my swing very quickly and I feel that I’m in good form this week. I’m excited to start.
You got to stay patient on this golf course. I feel that it is playing a bit easier than when I won. The rough is down. The green speed is not quick or slow. It is at a good pace right now. You got to hit fairways and greens here and the player with the lowest putts will win.
Angelo Que (Phi)
Angelo Que of Philippines Angelo Que of Philippines
I need more sleep I think! I’m pretty excited coming back to Wack Wack. I’ve won here before (2008 Philippine Open). We all know how to win on this course. Everything needs to come in place for you to do well. You need to be patient here and hope for the best.
It has been quite busy for me with the addition of a new child. I don’t get to practice much. I worked out something with my coach last week and I did something which I haven’t done in a long time – hitting balls for five hours at the driving range! Hopefully it will pay off and I will do well this week.
I’m a bit out of sync because of the new baby and I don’t have enough sleep. I think all of us at home don’t have enough sleep. But I can’t complain. We are helping each other out. Hopefully the kids won’t give us a hard time this week.
In the past month, we played in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. I think it was hotter than this week. We got used to it to the weather. This is actually cooler! Humidity will be a factor for some players but we’ve certainly learnt to adapt to the weather.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
It has been a great 12 months for me. I’ve been on a great run and I feel like I’m on top of my game. My confidence level is high and I’m really excited to be here. I got a great opportunity to get inside the U.S. Open. This week feels like a U.S. Open qualifying for me so I feel really excited to be here.
You set your targets but you don’t play golf with the targets in your mind. When you hit a shot, you don’t think about your goals. Personally, I’ve been able to take it one shot at a time and you don’t have a choice at Wack Wack because it is very demanding and challenging. I really have to stay focus here.
I’m really excited with my marriage. I think it is really an exciting time for me. Obviously my game is heading in the right direction. It helps when your personal life is going well. It puts your mind at ease and it allows you to play your best. Touch wood, things have been going great and hopefully the wedding will go well too.
I’ll be getting married at the end of May. It is the beginning of my new life.
Lin Wen-tang (Tpe)
Lin Wen Tang of Chinese Taipei Lin Wen Tang of Chinese Taipei
My father played on this golf course many times and every time when I play here, he will tell me that the first shot is very important. He will also remind me about the eighth hole because I shot a 12 there once at the 2008 Philippine Open. Last time it was a short par three but now it is playing quite long. Last week he just told me to slow down and don’t be angry because he knows that Wack Wack is very challenging.
Last year I won because I played even-par on the eighth hole. Some hole are difficult here so you need to aim for par. My father has played on Wack Wack many times. My father always tells young players why the miss cut at Wack Wack. I always make cut. My father is 58.
I’m feeling good but I’m very worried about the weather. It is very hard. My wife game me a lot of Chinese herbs and vitamin Cs so I don’t get dehydrated. I’ll try my best to win my seventh Asian Tour title but it gets very windy here. So you need to hit low ball flights here.
Yes, every time I play on the eighth hole, I still remember the 12 which I shot! Now I always check my swing many times and slow down my tempo. I don’t hit it as quick as what I did back in 2008.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha)
This is my first Philippine Open but I’ve played on this course last year. It is a very tough golf course because if you miss the green then you will be in trouble.
The eighth hole is probably the toughest par three in Asia! I never play on such a difficult par three before but if you hit it on the right spot then you will be fine. I’ll be happy if I run away with four pars on that hole. I’ll be happy if I miss the green and enter the bunker because I can spin the ball more.
I’m quite happy with my game. I made the cut in my last four events and finished tied fifth in Indonesia. I don’t want to chase for the win. I want to keep giving myself chances. When I keep giving myself chances then I’m quite confident the win will come sooner or later.
I’ve been practising in Hua Hin and chilling out on the beach. It was nice to be home.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
I didn’t do anything really special this week. I’m going to treat it like any Asian Tour event. I do not want force myself. I just want to get myself into position like what I did in 2012. This course suits my game. It is fair for everyone. There’s no advantage for long hitters and I like that. It is about making your putts.
The par three eighth hole is definitely one of the toughest par threes I’ve played in my career so far. It will be a bonus if you can shoot even-par on that hole for four days. I don’t expect a birdie there!