POI Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 06 Nov 2014

POI Rd 1 What They Said

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Rahil Gangjee (Ind) First Round 66 (-6)
I didn’t hit a good tee shot off the 10th hole (started from the back nine). I was in the rough and didn’t have a shot into the green. I had to play it left and didn’t make a good first putt and left it too short. Even though I bogeyed the first hole, I thought to myself that people have come back to shoot a really low round. By the time I got to nine, I was well on my way.
Things happened gradually and slowly for me today. I’m glad it did because that’s what builds momentum. If things happen in a hurry, you tend to slow down sometimes. I like to keep going and I birdied the last two holes to finish on 66.
I’ve been playing here since I was 13 or 14 years old so I’ve hit many bad and good shots here. My coach Ajay Gupta showed me a really nice way to play on this golf course. He said this is a chest game. You go from point A to point B and you make a putt. That kind of mind-set really helps because you pick a yardage off the tees and you hit it to a spot you want. It’s like playing a par three.
Choo Tze Huang of Singapore Choo Tze Huang of Singapore
I think I did everything well. I noticed in the last couple of months where I didn’t hit it or putt well. That was really bad for my game because I missed cut because of those things. Today I did the opposite of that. I did everything well.
I made a good par putt on the third hole to keep the momentum going. I hit it over the green and managed to save par. I made a two putt birdie on the eighth hole and the second putt was from 15 feet.
Choo Tze Huang (Sin) – First Round 68 (-4)
This is my best score at the Delhi Golf Club. I’m definitely more prepared this year compared to my first two years. My game is getting better and I felt more confident. I wasn’t too nervous on certain tee shots.
You have to swing it well and make putts. I kept a simple mind-set of keeping the ball in play. I told myself it is okay to hit a five or seven-iron off the tees. The goal was to get the ball in play and give myself a chance.
I holed a lot of putts but lost focus on the last few holes. Maybe I got a bit nervous. My driver is in the house, it is not even close to the golf club. I just have a three-wood, hybrid and driving iron.
The bogey (hole seven) I made was from a straight uphill putt. I was putting well so I was overconfident and I hit the putt way too hard. I three putted there. On the last hole I hit my second shot over the green and three putted from off the green. It is a bit disappointing but I’m looking forward to another good round tomorrow.
Unho Park of Australia Unho Park of Australia
Unho Park (Aus) – First Round 69 (-3)
Realistically this golf course is impossible to shoot a bogey free round even though people have done it before in the past. I was playing solid but I strayed away from my game plan when I hit driver on my last hole (9th) because I was swinging it well. I had an unlucky bounce and ended up with a bogey.
Anything can happen on this course. If you put some numbers in, you can easily turn a two or three-shot swing into your favour. It is never over even if you are way up on the leaderboard.
Siddikur Rahman (Ban) - First Round 70 (-2)
I’m happy with my return. Overall my putting was awesome. All together I’m hitting a little bit off. I started without any confidence. I played really good in the practice round but I was thinking a lot. It is still a good round. I didn’t have much confidence on the first few holes then I talked to my caddie and decided to go for it. After four holes I played aggressive and things started to happen.