POI Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 07 Nov 2014

POI Rd 2 What They Said

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Rahil Gangjee (Ind) – Second Round 68 (-4), Total 134 (-10)
It was tiring but once the birdies started dropping I was fine. I made six birdies and two bogeys and that’s expected. Overall I hit the ball pretty good and I did get into a silly place on the third hole but I made a long putt for par (30 feet) to give me a lot of confidence on my putting.
I’ll be good if I can do this for another two days. It doesn’t matter who’s behind you. You are the leader and you will feel some pressure. I better cope with it.
You can’t take anything lightly on this golf course no matter how much you are leading by. Anything can happen but you can really go low on this
Rahil Gangjee of India Rahil Gangjee of India
course if you are hitting well, which I am doing at the moment.
The driver is one of my stronger clubs and that’s why I’m going to take it. I’m confident with it and I know where the ball is going to go. I’m going to do it over and over again. That’s why on nine and 18, I know my drive is going to move left to right.
Wade Ormsby (Aus) – Second Round 68 (-4), Total 136 (-8)
I’m playing good from tee to green. My putter doesn’t feel as good as I would like it be but overall I’m very happy in the hunt. It always helps when you are in front rather than trying to chase people. I’m hitting the ball a lot of better than last year and that takes a lot of pressure off you when you play on this course.
If I can putt better than I will be in pretty good shape. I just can’t predict the speed of the greens but that’s okay. I’m going to work on that and I should be okay for the weekend. I’m going to play as good of golf as I can and if I’m still in front then that’s a bonus. There are a lot of people who know how to play on this course but every time I’ve been here I played good.
Siddikur Rahman (Ban)
It was an awesome day because I had two eagles. I’m very happy with my putting and short game. My confidence level is still not as high as I would like it to be. I’m also feeling tired. My hitting was good on my front nine. I had a few chances on the back but I’m still happy.
I’m not surprised with my position because my short game is really good. I’m confident with my putter. I’m not confident off the tees but when I’m on the green, I know I can hole my putts.
Terry Pilkadaris (Aus) – Second Round 68 (-4), Total 137 (-7)
I’m keeping my ball in play. I hit most of the fairways and greens. It was less stressful. My game is good. This is the first time I’ve been back here since 2008 and this is one my favourite courses in Asia so it is great to be back here.
The conditions were good. There were no breeze and it was a perfect scoring. I want to keep my ball in play and control my thoughts. I’m
Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka
swinging it nicely and if I can control my thoughts then I should be okay.
Mithun Perera (Slk) – Second Round 67 (-5), Total 137 (-7)
I’m happy with my round to be featured on the leaderboard. I got to learn from my father. He always tell me to get a lot of birdies so that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m just trying to find fairways and hopefully get a birdie along the way. Once I come to this golf course, I have a lot of confidence because this is a golf course which I like playing on. When I play here, I play without any worry and maybe that’s why I always do well here.
Pratap Atwal (Ind) – Second Round 68 (-4), 137 (-7)
I’m delighted with the way I’ve played on the first two days. I putted even better today, especially on the back-nine. I sank a couple of birdie putts from a range of 15 to 20 feet on the 12th and 18th. I feel my strength is my iron-play. I set up a couple of birdies with some good iron shots on the fifth and 10th.
The DGC is my home course and I’ve grown up playing here so I have the advantage of knowing the conditions well. I’ve had an excellent amateur season so far this year with nine top-10s from nine starts and that has helped me enter this event in a positive frame of mind.
Since I plan to turn professional at the end of this year, a good performance in a tough field this week will give me lot of confidence. I don’t have any numbers in my mind for the next two days. I just want to play good golf.
I met my uncle Arjun Atwal at an Asian Tour event in Japan two months back. He was very encouraging and gave me some sound advice. He said I need to work harder than everyone else if I have to do better than everyone else.
Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand
Panuphol Pittayarat (Tha) – Second Round 68 (-4), Total 138 (-6)
The first 16 holes were awesome. Everything was smooth but I had a bad second shot on the eighth hole and walked away with a par (started on 10th tee box). Overall I’m still happy. This is my fourth year on the Asian Tour so I’ve played many times on this course but this is only my third time shooting under-par here.
I hit the ball well this week and putting better. I made a little bit of swing change with my dad. It is working so hopefully it will work until Sunday. The swing change was for my career, to get better.
The first thing I did was to take out my driver. I really want to get my tee shot on the fairway and get the ball as close as I can to the hole. That’s really my strategy. I stand a little bit closer and my stance is a bit more compact. My shots are more accurate now. I don’t want to hit 300 yards but in the bushes. Now I’m trying to get a straighter and easier swing and repeat it. The main idea is to make the swing as simple as I can.
I won’t say that it is a swing change. I just added some ingredients to make it better. On the last hole, the putt was bad. I didn’t even think it was downhill. I had a six-footer par putt, missed that. Then I had a three-foot bogey putt and missed that! I don’t know what I did there.