Queen's Cup Wednesday - What they said

Wed 04 Jun 2014

Queen's Cup Wednesday - What they said

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Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
I think I probably need a win to get in (to the US Open next week) but I can’t get into an event thinking trying to win for any other reason but just for the win. I’m just here to enjoy myself. I’ve not played much golf coming in so I’m happy and have no expectations.
This was probably the first event on the Asian Tour which I played outside of India in 2008 which was my rookie year and the first cut I made outside of India back then. Since then, I’ve kind of settled in here and have enjoyed many top-10s. I love the place and it’s nice to be back.
It’s nice to have her accompany me. Off the golf course, it’s a lot of fun. It’s very relaxed and it keeps me fresh and motivated on the course. It was a happy week, a busy week and a hectic week. A lot of family and friends, Indian weddings are complicated affairs. A lot of things were happening simultaneously. I was organising it a lot myself with my friends and family. It was very busy. Hardly any time to breathe, haven’t had much sleep in the last 10 days. I’m looking forward to the afternoon tee offs.
As funny as it may sound, it feels normal now to be out here and going through my routine. It’s nice, it’s comfortable when I’m out playing that it feels like home.
Ideally I would have loved to have done well in the Philippines but it didn’t happen. I didn’t do too badly though. But I’m happy to be here and hopefully we can get it done this week.
For me, I think it’s been a slow build up through the middle of last year where the improvement has become more consistent and a bit more gradual and built up to a point where I could win on any given week. And it happened in Indonesia and that was important for me.
Nicholas Fung (Mas)
This place is so nice, it’s like a honeymoon place but unfortunately I didn’t bring my girlfriend here as she’s working. Good to be back in Santiburi Samui as last year I played well here.
After getting into the top 40 of Qschool last year, finishing well here in the Queen’s Cup was my best result and I was so excited. This was my best result when I got out to play on the Asian Tour. I was so excited and hoped for the win but I didn’t play well in the final round. It was due to the wind factor and it was tough conditions.
Maybe then, I was less experienced and I tried to learn playing with the wind. I feel more confident now these days.
I’m doing well. Since late last year, I’ve enjoyed the top five and second in Indonesia which boosted my confidence which were good results for me. After the EurAsia Cup, it gave me more confidence.
I made my first weekend at the Maybank Malaysian Open and also made the cut at Laguna (The Championship) which was good for me.
This course suits me, it’s not long. You need to hit it straight. If I can putt well, I can do well. I’ve been hitting it great but my putting hasn’t been good. I’ve got for a few putting lessons to try to improve. I’m trying the Aim-Point method and hopefully it will get better in time.
It’s quite a complicated method and you need long term lessons. I’ve only been to three lessons and I’m still learning to use it. It teaches you how to read the lines better. I think it can help but I need to master it well. A lot of top players have used this method, Adam Scott has also been using this late and Marcus Both used it to win in the Philippines.
Siddikur Rahman (Ban)
I’m happy to come back to Samui. My career started in Samui. Before I won in Brunei in 2010, I had my first top-10 on the Asian Tour at the Queen’s Cup. In 2009, I played about 10 tournaments and then I went to Qschool but didn’t get my card. But through the country exemption, I finished top-10 in Samui and I started to believe in myself that I could go far on the Asian Tour.
I’m happy with how my game has progressed. This year, I’ve had two runner-up finishes but also had two missed cuts. My game is there and I’m happy with where it is. It’s been good. This course suits my play. I like tight courses but the rough is up this year. It’s tougher than the past few years. It’ll be important to keep on the fairway. I think that’s the key this week.
The missed cuts are part of the game but the good thing is that I’m only thinking about the positives, which are the two second place finishes. I don’t think about the bad stuff.
The EurAsia Cup was really memorable for me. It was a big tournament and it was good experience to play with Ryder Cup players. I learned a lot from out of that week.
It was really special. Anirban (Lahiri) and I won our foursomes match on day two and then I won my singles against  4&3. I played exceptionally well and that gave me a lot of confidence as he was ranked 36th in the world then. I won by a good margin and it made me believe that I have a good game and can go further in my career.
Baek Seuk-hyun (Kor)
I’m really happy to come back to my home. It’s my eighth week in a row and it’s good to be back in Thailand for an Asian Tour event. I really love this course, the views are nice although it’s really a hard course to play.
This is tough to play as it’s uphill and downhill and it’s so narrow. Then there is the wind as well. My record here is not really good but I’m always trying to play well. Hopefully I will play well this year and finish in the top-five.
I’m happy with my game. After my ankle injury in Malaysia, my swing is back. I know how to hit it and my confidence is coming back. On this course, you need to have good tee shots as it’s a narrow course and there are so many hazards and out of bounds. You have to chip and putt well as the greens are small. You will miss the greens and you have to chip it well to keep the score.
I was waiting at the practice green in Indonesia after I finished. I knew Anirban made his second shot onto the green and the screaming after, I knew he had made eagle. When I saw him later, I told him that he needed to give me a chance and not make an eagle and he said sorry. I’m happy with his win. I did my best and he played better. Hopefully my first win will come soon. I’ll just keep working at it.