#QueensCup-Preview What They Said

Wed 17 Jun 2015

#QueensCup-Preview What They Said

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Koh Samui, Thailand, June 17: Read what players have to say ahead of the US$300,000 Queen's Cup, which gets underway on Thursday.
Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) – Defending Champion
I managed to get some rest before coming here which is good. I am looking forward to playing here again this week. I have been working on my irons at the range and I can’t wait to test out my game this week. I haven’t been hitting my irons well since the beginning of the year. That might be because of my leg injury. It’s better now but the pain can come back any time.
This is a course that suits my game. I am confident about winning again here, anytime. Hopefully I can get my ‘A’ game back in time. I like the layout of the course. Hitting it long will not be much of an advantage. The course is quite hilly. You need to be physically fit to walk the course and perform well at the same time. The greens are small here so iron shots are important. If you can hit it on the greens, you should have the chance to go low.
The season has not been up to my expectations so far.  I'm not really happy with how I played but given the leg injury, I guess it’s still reasonable. If I can be in top form again, I will be happy to look for a 19th win! Apart from a 19th victory, I also hope to finish the season in top 15 on the Order of Merit again.
I am happy that I am still able to play strongly on Tour, given my advancing years. When I turn 50, I hope to have the chance to play in the Champions Tour. It will not be easy but it’s once in a lifetime. I should try my best to get onto it.
Players these days get more playing opportunities and enjoy higher prize monies, compared to what it used to be when I first started out. But having said that, competition is also stronger nowadays. To me, I think what matters most is the hard work you put in. Young players cannot just enjoy that moment of fame from winning or from a good result. They must think of the long-term aspects.  Players must try and gain more experiences to stay consistent in their games and ensure a long-lasting golf career. I think the younger Thai players will have to work harder to fill the gap. If they can do it, they should be able to take over me, Prayad Marksaeng, Boonchu Ruangkit and other veterans soon.
Paul Peterson of the USA Paul Peterson of the USA
Paul Peterson (Usa)
The game feels great. I was busy preparing for the US Open qualifying the last few weeks. I put in some good effort out there but came up a few shots shy to qualify. It’s a pity I didn’t get through but I am happy to be here this week. The golf course suits me really well in terms of accuracy off the tee. The season has been excellent for me so far, having got up to a great start in Malaysia earlier this year. To be where I am (on the Order of Merit) through five events is just great. Hopefully I can continue to stay consistent in my game.
It’s my second year playing in Asia and I really like it out here. We get to play in so many different golf courses. You just have to steady your game. Practice more. That’s how I adjust myself to the different kinds of greens we get here. You got to keep practicing to get used to the different grasses every week.
Being a rookie, you don’t really have a system in place. But I think I am getting better at that now. I am aiming to finish inside top-five of the Order of Merit this year. That will be a great thing for me. I am happy with where I am so far and I will work towards my goal.
You have to keep the ball in play out here. Tee shots are very important and you need to try and place the ball in the right places.
It’s my first time here and it’s been great so far. You don’t really get this kind of good views anywhere else. I have been walking around the beach. I am trying to take a relaxing outlook on the week and don’t stressed myself too much. I felt like I put in a ton of work to be here so hopefully everything works out well for me.
I had a great time shooting with the Asian Tour TV crew yesterday. I caught a 130pounds catfish for the first time which was pretty cool. It was really exciting and it’s just another opportunity for me to do something that I won’t get to do back home. I’m looking forward to the rest of the week!
Rashid Khan (Ind)
I made a few changes to my game prior to coming here this week. I struggled with my ball-striking so I went to fix a couple of things with my coach back home. We made some changes to my swing as well. Everything seems to be in place now. I played a local event back home last week and I hit the ball really good. I am not exactly happy with how I did so far this season because of my poor ball striking earlier. I played the practice round yesterday and I hit the ball well. I am feeling really confident and I am looking forward to a good week here.
The golf course is playing good, compared to last year. The weather is pretty calm and it’s not that hot right now. This is not an easy course. It’s going to be an interesting week for all of us out here. You need to select the correct club to use for your tee shots. You have a lot of options because the course is not that long. You can hit a three-iron or a three-wood or your driver out so it’s not so much like the other golf courses. The key will be to find the right place on the fairways. The greens are playing good.
I will play my game like what I used to when I head out tomorrow. I am playing with full confidence this week, having adjusted my game before coming here. Previously, I felt like there was something missing in my game but this week, I am not confused at all and I will be playing with full confidence.
S.S.P Chawrasia of India S.S.P Chawrasia of India
S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind)
My game is alright at the moment. I played a local team event back home with Chikka S. and Khalin Joshi last week. They played really good. I didn’t play as well but it was not too bad. I practiced a lot before coming here, especially more on my putting which I have been struggling for quite some time. That would be my main focus this week. I’m really happy to be here at Koh Samui this week. The last time I came here was eight years ago! It’s a very beautiful place and I’m enjoying myself.
It’s my first time playing the Queen’s Cup. This is a very challenging golf course. It’s very narrow and it’s a tree-lined course. You have to hit it straight and putt well to score out here. I just want to play good this week. I won’t focus on the numbers so much. I am happy as long as I know I have played well. I had a great start to the season despite missing out on the win. I am pretty happy with my results so far, hopefully I can continue to play well in the remaining half of the season.
Gavin Green (Mas)
I played in my first event as a professional on the Asian Development Tour last week. It was definitely a good preparation for me prior to coming here this week. I’m very excited coming to Koh Samui because it’s my first Asian Tour event outside of Malaysia. Getting to play in the same field as all the golfing greats in Thailand like Thaworn Wiratchant is just inspirational.
Playing as an amateur before and as a professional now will definitely require a different mindset. I am trying to get used to it but I am still looking forward to the Queen’s Cup.
The course is really tough and narrow and when the wind kicks in, it will play even tougher. I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to play here and I will give it my best this week. Winning on the Asian Development Tour last year has given me a lot of confidence but then again, I was playing as an amateur then. I will just stay patient and positive.