Q-School What They Said - Preview

Tue 11 Feb 2014

Q-School What They Said - Preview

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HAN Ren (CHN)
I made some adjustments with my swing coach back in the United States over the last couple of months trying to get ready for the upcoming seasons. I’m feeling good about it.
I’m feeling good coming to the Asian Tour Qualifying School this week. It’s my first time here and everything looks really professional.
A lot of Chinese players wanted to come and play on the Asian Tour over the last two years. I am not the only one. I think there are many good opportunities out here. There are a lot of co-sanctioned events and players get to earn world ranking points too.
The atmosphere is good here too. Players here are very hard working and they always try to improve themselves. There are a lot of chances for you to step up in your game as well.
Hu Mu has played on the Asian Tour last year and he told me he really like it here. As compared to the other tours, players here are more competitive and demanding in terms of their development in golf.
Darren BECK (AUS)
My game is picking up. I’ve had a good three weeks of practice before coming here. I think it’s coming together. I haven’t played these courses before but I’m pretty confident with my game right now. I’m going to check out the course now and hopefully I can do a good job this week.
I was actually planning to take a year or two off from golf and get some rest. But I thought I should just come and see if I can get an Asian Tour card this week. I believe there will be some off-weeks in the new season. I will probably take those weeks off and rejuvenate myself. Hopefully we will see better results in the new season.
Darren Beck of Australia Darren Beck of Australia
Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA)
My game is in shape at the moment. I’ve been feeling confident with my game especially after winning on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) in Jakarta last month. That has put my game in top form heading into the Asian Tour season-ending King’s Cup Golf Hua Hin the week after where I was six-under-par going into the final two rounds. I played well that week but it got too windy during the last two rounds. Overall, I am happy with my game.
I will try to keep to my style of play and tell myself to stay calm and focused during my game.
It’s really great that I’ve actually got Prom (Meesawat) on my bag this week! He actually called me a day before I went to Jakarta for the ADT event and told me about he’s free this week so he can caddy for me. I thought he was joking but he got serious and told me he wants to help me.
We play together all the time and he knows my game well. I’m very happy he offered to help me this week. It’s definitely good for me. I will do my best and try not to disappoint him! Prom is a player with a great mental game. His game plan and short game are incredible too.
He has given me good advices on how to tackle the courses here and he will correct me whenever I make mistakes too.
Prom MEESAWAT (THA)
Pavit and I are very close friends. We always practise together and we are like a family. I thought I will just come here and enjoy myself this week while helping Pavit out by giving him advices on his game and sharing my experiences with him. I know the courses quite well here so hopefully I can be of help to him this week! I will try to help him as much as I can. Pavit is one of the better young players coming from Thailand. He has been playing well over the past few years but I think he needs to bring his game up another level. The Asian Tour is a very good platform for him to step up. I hope he can make it onto the Asian Tour this week and that he can learn something good from me. That was why I offered to carry his bag this week.
Wolmer MURILLO (VEN)
Pavit Tangkamolprasert with caddy/coach Prom Meesawat Pavit Tangkamolprasert with caddy/coach Prom Meesawat
I’m working out my game in a ‘funny’ way. It’s more about having fun and trying to pick up from there. That’s what I have decided with my coach. My ball striking is good and I am feeling good for this week. I’m very happy with my game now and confident that I will do a great job this week. Playing on the ADT last year has definitely helped in my game. I gained more experience playing out here in Asia.
I came to Asia last year hoping to make the Asian Tour card which I didn’t. I decided to stick around after Q-school and try to get used to playing in Asia. It was pretty much as investment for me. I thought I can play in Asia for a year first before trying to get the Asian Tour card again. Thanks to the ADT, I qualified for the final stage this week. I’m glad I decided to stay on because I actually feel more comfortable playing in Asia now.
I do know of another Venezualan who has played on the Asian Tour before but that was a long time ago. He told me things have changed and it is very different now compared to many years back. I guess I am still pretty much finding my way on my own.
The reason why I chose to play on the Asian Tour is because of the exciting challenge out here. I think to make a golf career, you have to be able to play anywhere in the world.
Coming to Asia is the biggest step I’ve taken in my golf career. It’s been a great experience in Asia. I think there are a lot of opportunities out here too. That is one of the reasons why I came to Asia. I want to start from scratch and make my mark on the Asian Tour first before moving on to the European Tour and PGA Tour.
S. Chikkarangappa (IND)
This is my first year and my second year as a professional. I played my first year as a professional in India. The golf course kind of suits my eye so I’m looking forward for this week. I played well at the Indian Open (2012, finished tied 26th) and I was waiting to finish a few big amateur events before turning professional.
Obviously, in my first year as a professional, I wanted to play on my home tour to get some experience. I had a great year on the PGTI. I played some good golf, won a tournament and had 10 top-10 results so I have some confidence for this week.
Anirban (Lahiri) has been a mentor to me. He told me to go out to Qualifying School and play well. Sujjan (Singh) is my roommate this week and he has given me some inputs as well. I’m feeling very comfortable so far.
I’m 20 this year and turned professional in 2013. I won two all All India Amateur championships. I also won the Bronze medal for India in the Nomura Cup in Fiji in 2011.
This is my first year so I don’t know what to expect. But having said that, my game is where I want it to be so I’m feeling comfortable. I just need to stick to my game plan and play my heart out. I’m feeling a bit nervous so I need to get rid of that.