#QueensCup Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 18 Jun 2015

#QueensCup Rd 1 What They Said

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Koh Samui, Thailand, June 18: Read what players have to say following the opening round of the US$300,000 Queen’s Cup on Thursday.
Atthaphon Sriboonkaew of Thailand (Photo courtesy of Arep Kulal)Atthaphon Sriboonkaew (Tha) – First round 66 (-5)
I three-putted on the first hole but I was able to bounce back strong heading into the round. Before coming here, I had two missed cuts in Bangladesh and on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) last week. I thought I go back to my coach in Bangkok and ask for his advices but he told to just continue to play and go back to see him again next week. He said it wouldn’t help much if he were to adjust my game last week because I am coming to play here. That’s why he told me to just play my game and he said it doesn’t matter how I play. He told me not to think too much too.
I told myself that I need to try and hit more fairways as that’s the key to play well here. The fairways are narrow and the windy condition makes it even tougher to score out there. It’s hard to address the distance so if you can gauge the wind, you should play well here.
I hit good iron shots to about four to five foot for birdies on a couple of holes. I had good par saves too, like on the 10th hole where I hit it in from 10 yards. Putting and driving were the key for me today. I made 27 putts in total.
I am happy to be in the lead but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I keep things the same for tomorrow, no change. I just want to enjoy my game. I came close to winning on the ADT earlier this year. Getting back onto the Asian Tour is definitely one of my targets. Hopefully a good result this week will get me back. Playing on the ADT has helped a lot in my game as well.
I want to build up on my fitness as that will be important if I want to play better. I have been working hard on my cardios and it’s good to see the efforts paying off. I haven’t been playing consistently over the past few season. Sometimes I play good for a few weeks and sometimes I play bad for another few weeks. I think the problem is my fitness so I am working on it. I do my cardios everyday except for Sundays where I will rest.
Mithun Perera (Sri) – First round 67 (-4)
I actually missed a few birdie chances at the start of the round but managed to make one on the 16th and that got my momentum going into the round. I played good golf today but I thought I could be better because I missed the birdies on four to five holes, all from within five foot. I had a bad luck on the eighth hole. I hit a good tee shot but the ball was stuck in the rough. That’s the only bogey I had today. I chipped and missed the putt to save par on that hole. Overall, I think I still played good. I am looking forward to the next three rounds.
My current ranking on the Asian Tour is good. I just want to try and win my first Asian Tour title. This course suits my game a lot because I hit it straight and my accuracy is good as well. I just need to get the putter working to score lower. I struggled to get off to a good start in my last two attempts at the Queen’s Cup so I am really happy to how I started this week.
I want to keep the momentum going. I had two chip-ins and one putt from outside the green for the three straight birdies I made starting from the fourth hole. I just kept playing. I wasn’t looking at the leaderboard and I didn’t know I was leading. I was telling myself to keep to the same rhythm. My tee shots and second shots are so good today. I was just waiting to wait putts actually.
If I can hole more putts this week, I am confident that I can contend for the title. It has not been easy today. It’s a difficult course and it was windy out there. My tee shots are my strong point due to my accuracy and I am happy to fully leverage on that today. This course suits my game because I am not a long hitter. Shooting a 67 today definitely boosted my confidence heading into the next three rounds. This is the lowest round I’ve shot so far in my three attempts at the Queen’s Cup.
Chiragh Kumar of India Chiragh Kumar of India
Chiragh Kumar (Ind) – First round 68 (-3)
I played well today. My putting was good. I played with Atthphon and he was in his top form. I managed to rub off some good vibes from him. It definitely helps when someone in your group is playing well. I am happy with my round.
I made a couple of good saves and I made a couple of good putts. The longest putt was the 15-footer for birdie on the 10th hole. I hit the ball pretty good. The wind was swirling out there. It was really windy throughout the round. It was so windy that you can’t really tell which direction the wind is coming from.
Considering all that, I think I really played well today. You need to hit good tee shots and try to find as many fairways as you can to play well here. You can really get into trouble if you hit a bad drive.
I played three events so far and it was pretty decent for me. I won’t say I have played well but I have been consistent. I am looking to play well this week and hopefully do better in the second half of the season. I will take it easy for now and we will see how it goes tomorrow.
Jeunghun Wang (Kor) – First round 68 (-3)
I didn’t hit my driver well today. My tee shots were so bad. I am not feeling really well today I am not sure why. I guess I am starting to feel tired from playing in so many tournaments before coming here.
My putting was not that good as well but I had a lot of par saves today. Overall, I am happy with how I played. I finished tied-sixth last year. This year, I want to target a top-five finish. I guess playing a lot of tournaments gave me the chance to hone my skills as I can keep practicing. When I play in tournaments, I get to practise as well. I guess that’s the key to staying consistent out here.
It was really windy out there, especially on my back nine. I thought the greens were not as good as last year’s too.
I think my mindset is getting better, compared to the past few years. I am more patient now and I don’t think too much out there. I just try and stick to my game plan and keep the ball in play. It will be the same things for me tomorrow. I just want to play my own game and hopefully I can continue to stay in contention.
Akinori Tani (Jpn) – First round 68 (-3)
I guess you have to be happy with your round when you have a birdie-birdie-eagle finish! I played solid today. It was tough out there but I hung in there.
Overall, I am happy with how I played but I think I can do better on this course. I feel like I haven’t hit it to my best standard yet. You have to try and make up and downs to score well here. I come here to play every year and like previous years, I want to try and win!
I gave myself a target of five to six-under for every round. This course suits my game and I always liked to play here. I haven’t really played well here before so I am happy to put myself in the mix after today’s round.
I think my game is slowly getting better. I finished tied-15th in Bangladesh three weeks ago so I am confident of securing another good result this week.
Danny Chia (Mas) – First round 69 (-2)
I didn’t hit the ball that well. The wind was really swirling out there. I was just trying to stick to my game out there. I putted well today too. Hopefully I can continue to putt like this throughout the week. I kept the ball in play although I wasn’t hitting it sharp.
I always think you need a lot of luck on this course. You need to guess the direction of the wind and most of the time, the wind just swirl around so much that you can’t really tell. I don’t really favour myself on this golf course. You need to get the wind direction correctly to play well on this course.
I got some advices on the golf course from Adam Bilbe, one of the Tour representatives, and it was useful for me.
The wind was on and off throughout the round today. I was guessing a lot out there. The game’s in a good shape right now. I just won on the local Tour back home recently and it’s good to carry on the good form into this week.
I am just working on the mental approach to my game, like the pre-shot routines and all. I am trying it out this week and I realized I am playing a lot slower than what I used to but at the same time, I am also telling myself not to play so slow. I guess I am still not used to it as I get confused sometimes. Having said that, I have been working a lot on it at the range so hopefully I will get used to it soon.