PO Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 15 May 2014

PO Rd 1 What They Said

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Siddikur Rahman (Ban) – First Round 66 (-6)
I’m very happy because my putting touch is back! It feels good to be putting good again because I really struggled on the greens in my last two events. I changed to a new (TaylorMade) iron set which I’m using for the first time this week. That has helped with my ball striking as well.
I didn’t do anything to my putting. I guess it was just hard work. I missed the cut in my last two events because my putts weren’t going in. Today, I sank about 80% of my putts which reflected in my score on this golf course. It is my best result here!
This is not an easy course. It is a tight and narrow course with small greens. Every shot counts here. I was not disappointed with my form before today because my stats were still good except putting.
I was confident that my putting touch will come back. In golf sometimes you enjoy a good run of form and sometimes you don’t.
Chan Kim (Usa) – First Round 66 (-6)
I started off really well. Birdied four out of five holes and when you are playing that well, it gives you the momentum to carry on. I made bogey on 16 but bounced back on 17 to keep myself going. I planned my shots really well.
I talked to the head instructor (Patrick McGuire) at the Legacy Golf Performance Center in Phoenix, United States last week in Korea and we were talking about swing tempos. I was just focusing on my tempo the whole round and it worked really well. Previously I slowed down on my back swing but now I’m going a little faster so my swing is in sync.
Last year I shot one-over for the first round and thought, well that’s not a bad score. Then in the second round I shot a seven on the famous (par three) eighth hole! I couldn’t get any momentum after that and missed the cut by one. I’m happy I made par there today!
I worked really hard on my game and put in a lot of time with my coaches. In my first three Asian Tour events (missed cut) I was playing really aggressive and it didn’t work out. I figured out that I should be hitting it straighter rather than longer and that’s been helping me out a lot.150515_IPO_Siddikur Rahman (BAN) 06
You need to hit it straight out here. The rough is not that long but it is pretty narrow because of the trees. If you hit it on the wrong side, you definitely have no shot for the green. You have to keep your ball on the fairway.
Rolando Marabe (Phi) – First Round 69 (-3)
I’m happy with my score. My putting was good and my irons were sharp. My driving was also good. I’ve played here many times and this is my best score here! This is the first time I shot under-par. I’m 37 this year and turned professional in 1997. It has been a long time since I turned professional. I haven’t won an event yet. Before I turned professional, I was a caddy.
Lin Wen-tang (Tpe) – First Round 71 (-1)
I got off to a fast start with four birdies in five holes. That was good but after that I missed a lot of short putts. I had trouble judging the speed of the green. I’m still in a good position and have a good chance to move up the leaderboard in the next three days because this golf course is very challenging.
If I can shoot under-par for three days then I think I have a good chance to win. I can’t believe that Chan Kim shot a 66! He is a long hitter so he must have used that to his advantage. I’ve played with him before and he hits it further than me by about 40 yards.
After that fast start, I told myself to get more birdies! Because of that I think my tempo was a bit too quick and I missed too many short putts. I’m still happy with my score.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind) – First Round 75 (+3)
It was a frustrating round. I don’t think I played horribly. I just made some poor decisions and struggled on the greens. The greens are a bit grainier than what we’ve played on this year.
I double bogeyed the eighth hole but it wasn’t only about that hole. I misjudged the wind there and hit it to about five yards too far. I hit it to the worst possible place because you can’t hit your ball past the flag.
I missed a bunch of putts inside six feet and you can’t do that to have a good score. I don’t think I’m out of the tournament yet. It is a tough course and if you can play consistently then you can get decent score. I honestly don’t think I’m out of the tournament.
I’m playing well but I need to come out to focus a little better. My body clock has been a little bit off. I haven’t had too much sleep and I will try to fix that as much possible. I’m playing late tomorrow so I’ll definitely come out well rested.