Queen's Cup Tuesday - What they said

Tue 03 Jun 2014

Queen's Cup Tuesday - What they said

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Prom Meesawat (Tha)
I suffered a back injury after The Championship in Singapore. I was with to my physio in Bangkok and we were working on my body’s conditioning. When we were stretching, I unfortunately pulled a muscle. Then the next day, we drove a long way to witness Kiradech’s (Aphibarnrat) monk ceremony and the long drive made the back worse. I couldn’t play for three weeks and I only started hitting balls three days ago.
I feel the back is still a bit tight, and I can’t make a full turn. However, I feel really itchy to get back out there to play again. In the last two weeks, I’ve just been watching a lot of golf on TV and it was good to see Thongchai (Jaidee) winning as well in Sweden over the weekend. It’s been a long break for me by my standard.
I love Samui and it’s a great tourist destination. You can relax when you’re away from the course but the golf course itself is a tough one. It’s a tough walk and tough to play on. I finished tied fifth in 2011 and third in the Bangkok Airways Open on this course in 2007 but in my last visit here two years ago, I missed cut. I didn’t play here last year as I was in Europe then.
On this course, you must hit it good from off the tee. When it’s windy, it’s going to be very tricky. As there are a lot of elevation changes, the wind can be deceptive and different. It will be challenging especially on the front nine holes.
You can see that the Thai players have always played well in the Queen’s Cup and also the King’s Cup. We’ve had two Thais winning the last two King’s Cup while in the Queen’s Cup, four of the five events have been won by Thai players too.
Hopefully this time around, another Thai player will win here this week. It would be good if I am the one holding the trophy on Sunday.
So far this season, it has been somewhat slow. I’ve found it difficult to get into a good rhythm but I’ll keep working on my game.
My wife is here this week and we are both very exciting about the impending arrival of our twin babies. They are due in mid-November but the doctor has told us that because she is expecting twins, it could be a few weeks sooner. I have to start making more money and play good to support the family!
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Chawalit Plaphol (Tha)
I’ve struggled with my iron play this season and I’ve been making adjustments to the lie and loft angles of the clubs. This week, I’m still making adjustments with the club fitters. You need to strike it good in Samui with the irons to score well here and it’s a tough course, especially when the wind gets up.
I have really good memories in Samui as I’ve won twice here previously at the Bangkok Airways Open and Queen’s Cup. So it’s always nice to come back to the golf club. It’s a really relaxing place to visit but when you’re on the golf course, you’ve got to hit it good.
I recall making a lot of birdies when I won here previously. The greens are relatively small and if you strike it good with your iron play, the chances are that you can do well. That is why I’m hoping my iron play will be good this week. I’m going to put in a lot of work at the range to find the right adjustments as this is an important tournament for all Thai players.
Arnond Vongvanij (Thai)
The Santiburi Samui course here is beautiful and has really nice surroundings. There are a lot of things to do when you’re not on the golf course. It’s like a vacation tournament for most of us!
I’m playing pretty solid the past few months. Maybe on some weeks, I’ve not hit the ball as well as I should have but I worked on it in the past week and it’s feeling good.
I finished second (in the ICTSI Philippine Open several weeks ago) in my last tournament but that is in the past. I’ve got to look ahead now and we’ll see how it goes here.
I feel like I’m getting more and more experienced now and feel that I’m more patient on the course which is the key out here. You’re going to miss some greens this week as it’s windy and the elevation changes a lot. I’ll also need the putter and short game to work well here.
Anytime you can win a trophy from the King or Queen, it’s going to be very special. I’ve won the King’s Cup already in 2012 so it’ll be a good collection to have the Queens’ Cup as well.
Today, I’ll be going to out to work on my putting a bit. The greens can be tricky out there with the mountains having an effect on the lines. That’s something else that I need to look out for this week.
Chinnarat Phadungsil (Tha)
Happy to be back in Samui as I’ve won this tournament before. I can still remember everything that happened that week. This feels like home for me. Whenever I come back I feel I can compete. I know the course well and I love the course, maybe the course loves me too as I always play well here.
Right now, my swing is a bit off. I’ve been tinkering with it and sometimes I would hit two or three bad shots. If my feel is a bit off, I tend to struggle a bit. If I feel good, I know I will be able to play well. You’ve got to be on top of your game here as it’s a tight course.
This week, my plan will be to hit more fairways. Everybody wants to use driver and have a short iron into the greens. I’ll just try to hit fairways and if the second shot is a bit longer, that’s fine. I’ll use less of the driver and hit more rescue club and three wood off the tee just to get into good positions.
I’ll keep trying to improve everything in my game. I want to do better although I’ve won three times on the Asian Tour already. But sometimes, we get stuck and don’t play well and the feel is not there but in some weeks, we play well and the feel comes back. I need to be more consistent and stable with my game.
I’ve been trying to look for a coach in Thailand. I’ve worked with a few in the past but it didn’t quite work out. My dad is currently looking out for my swing.