Prayad blog: Aiming for consistency

Tue 20 Sep 2016

Prayad blog: Aiming for consistency

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Osaka, Japan, September 20: Thai veteran Prayad Marksaeng is a nine-time winner on the Asian Tour. He has also won four times on the regular Tour in Japan, which includes the Diamond Cup in 2008. Playing in his first year on the Japan Senior Tour, the 50-year-old Prayad has won three times in less than two months in the land of the rising sun. He is definitely one of the stars to look out for at the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup this week.
By Prayad Marksaeng
I still feel good physically. My game has been feeling good and I hope to maintain my good form this week. I am very happy to have won thrice on the Japan Senior Tour so far. It is very different playing on the Senior Tour and on regular Tours. I feel more relaxed playing on the Senior Tour actually.
When you go back to play on the regular Tour, the course set-up is tougher and the strength of the field is stronger. I can foresee a very challenging week at the Diamond Cup as we have got some of the top Asian players playing against the top local players.
I think I have played enough in my career to be familiarized with all the different kind of courses around, especially in Asia. Right now, I think I just need to focus on my mental game and keep up with my fitness. The golf courses in Japan are about the same standard throughout the country whereas in Thailand and on the Asian Tour, the courses vary. You need a bit of adjustment if you are playing in Japan for the first time.
The weather will also be different in Japan. You can walk a long distance without getting tired in Japan but you cannot really do that in other parts of Asia because it’s usually too hot. Raining in Japan won’t cause much delay in play as you don't get much lightning. But it’s different in other parts of Asia. The delays are usually longer because there will be a lot of lightning.
This course is the most challenge venue for the past editions of Diamond Cup. I like the course nonetheless. I seem to have won a lot of tournaments in this region. I won Diamond Cup in this area in 2008 as well. You need consistency in your game to play well on this course. I am prepared to give my best performance at the Asia Pacific Diamond Cup this week.
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