#QueensCup Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 19 Jun 2015

#QueensCup Rd 2 What They Said

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Koh Samui, Thailand, June 19: Read what players have to say following the second round of the US$300,000 Queen’s Cup on Friday.
Prayad Marksaeng (Tha) – Second round 65 (-6), Total 134 (-8)
I had a good finish to my round yesterday where I birdied the last three holes. I got off to a solid start on the 10th where I sank a 30-foot birdie before going on to birdie the next hole. That got my game going into the round. I putted so well. I made a couple of long putts. My iron-play was good too and I managed to hit a lot of greens today.
I managed to get some rest last week and I felt I was well-prepared for this tournament. Before the round, I told myself it does not matter who is leading, as long as it’s a Thai leading, I am ok with it. I didn’t expect myself to lead now but I am happy with where I am right now. I hope I can help keep the trophy on home soil this week.
It’s always good coming back to play here. I like this course a lot and playing this week brings back a lot of memories from my win in 2013. You have to hit the ball really well to stay in contention. I will not take an aggressive approach to this course. I will be happy if I can shoot a three or four-under-par tomorrow.
I would say my chances of winning this week is around 60 to 70%.
Richard T. Lee (Can) - Second round 67 (-4), Total 136 (-6)
I had a great finish today. We had a rain delay and I went out to make three birdies after that. On the 17th, I hit my second shot into the rough and I hit it 20 feet passed the pin and putted in after that. I felt pretty good from that and it was a pretty easy birdie on the 18th where I was 40 yard short and made a five-footer.
I stayed patient out there. I didn't really attack the pins too much. I took advantage of the easier holes to make birdies out there. I didn't think much during the suspension actually. I was pretty hungry so I went to grab some food. I guess that's why I went out and play well.
I came in tied-sixth last year. I think all you have to do is to hit your driver good and make some putts out there. I am just going to play the way I did the last two days. I don't want to push myself to make birdies out there. I just want them to come to me.
I am very pleased with my season so far. I had a great start at the beginning of the year where I finished inside too-five for the first two events. Hopefully I can play well for the rest of the year.
Atthaphon Sriboonkaew (Tha) - Second round 71 (even par), Total 137 (-5)
I felt a little nervous today, to be honest. I actually didn't feel like I was leading and I didn't want to stress myself too much but I got a lot of encouraging messages from my friends last night. That gave me a bit of pressure even though I am very thankful for that.
I called my coach to tell him that yesterday but he said there's nothing to talk about! He just told me to play my game. It was an up and down round for me today but I am still happy to shoot even par as the conditions were not easy. I am happy that I am still in a good position heading into the weekend rounds. I was three-under par after six holes. It was a good start but I kind of lost focus when the nerves crept in.
The rain delay actually helped a bit as it gave me some time to cool down. I will stick to my game plan again tomorrow and try not to think too much out there.
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) - Second round 68 (-3), Total 137 (-5)
I played good today, given the conditions out there. I putted well but my tee shots were not as good. I am happy to be in a good position for the weekend rounds. I think I still have the chance. Hopefully my tee shots will be better tomorrow. If I can hit my driver well, I am confident of shooting a lower score and try to challenge for the title again. We will see how it goes.
Wolmer Murillo (Ven) – Second round 66 (-5), Total 138 (-4)
Everything went well for me today. My father is here with me this week. We rushed to get him here before the start of the tournament. I haven’t seen him for two years already but having him here with me right now just gives me a lot of positive energy in my game. I was able to concentrate shot by shot. I haven’t been playing well for a while and I think the reason is because I wasn’t able to concentrate well.
I think it’s important to focus on every shot and that was what I did today. My father walked with me through all 36 holes so far this week! I think he has to go for a massage later and he will probably sleep like a baby.
It wasn’t as windy as it was yesterday. I was trying to keep the ball in play. I tried to concentrate and not get blown away by the conditions out there. The visuals off the tee are very compromising so it’s important you hit good tee shots out there. You have to stay patient as well.
Siddikur Rahman (Ban) – Second round 70 (-1), Total 139 (-3)
I thought it was an impressive round with six birdies but I also got five bogeys at the same time. It’s funny but I am happy that I am still in a good position heading into the weekend rounds. I got my putting back but hit it a little bit off with my driver. Overall, it was still a good round.
I have got very good memories of this course having enjoyed four top-10s in my last five attempts at the Queen’s Cup. That gave me a lot of confidence coming into this week and I felt a lot more motivated to play well here again. This is not an easy course but somehow I managed to play good here. I am always happy to come here.
I think I have an advantage on this course because of my sharp accuracy off the tee. Placing the ball correctly on the fairways and greens are the key to play well here. I just want to enjoy my game for now. I have been injured for the past one year (pain in the lumbar vertebrae (L 4- L5) (lower back)) but I am slowly regaining my good form.
I am playing with no expectations at the moment and I will not care what is going to happen. I just want to enjoy my game. I didn’t play good this season although I finish tied-seventh at the Hero Indian Open. I am try and keep up the confidence for the remaining of the season. My main target at the moment is to work on my fitness and get fit again, like what I was before the injury. I have not recovered fully actually. It’s on and off and I have been doing a lot of stretching exercises.
S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind) – Second round 67 (-4), Total 140 (-2)
To be honest, I played very well today. I was five-under- after 17th but bogeyed the last unfortunately. But anyway, I still think 67 is a good score for me today and I am very happy with it. Yesterday was really windy compared to today and I managed to make a few putts.
I have played on this course many years ago and it’s good to come back here and play again. I really like it here. It’s a very beautiful place and I’m enjoying myself so far this week. Looking forward to the next two rounds and hopefully I can better my scores.
Pannakorn Uthaipas (Tha) – Second round 72 (+1), Total 140 (-2)
I played really good yesterday. I hit a lot of fairways and everything was in place for me. Today, I didn’t hit it that good. I missed a couple of shots here and there but overall, I am still happy with where I stand. I like playing on this course although it’s challenging. Tee shots are very important here.
I have been sidelined for four months this season due to a wrist injury. I returned to play last month but have yet to see some good results. These two days have given me a lot of confidence. Hopefully I can finish off well which will set me well for the ADT event in Bali next week!