#QueensCup: What they said

Wed 14 Jun 2017

#QueensCup: What they said

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Scott Hend (Aus)
Same attitude as last year, play what’s in front of you and try to judge the winds well. This golf course is always tricky. I’ve proved last year that I can win on a tricky golf course so it’s all about being able to find your ball after hitting your tee shot out here. It’s a tricky test especially when the winds get up which will make the course play really hard.
Any golf course fits my game if I’m not of myself that week. Especially around here, it’s hard to beat the local players as they know the golf course inside and out. For a foreigner to win is quite pleasing in that regards.
Scott Hend of Australia Scott Hend of Australia
I haven’t swung a club for the past 10 days. I might hit some shanks in the pro-am later but hopefully I’ll be right when I start tomorrow. I started to play a lot better. My bag is now set up in terms of club wise. I had a lot of driver problems in the three or four months as manufacturers change drivers and I couldn’t find out that suits me. I finally found something which I can get in play and it just comes down to trying to get some confidence back in the game.
Samui is great, my problem is in the years gone past, my dad used to come up with me with a couple of his mates. We used to have way too much of a good time off the golf course. You get on the beach, you have one beer and all of the sudden you’ll be having your 10th beer. It’s just so relaxing. It’s so hot out here that if you have too many drinks you can suffer. So you need to be careful what you do during your down time here.
SSP Chawrasia (Ind)
This is a very nice place. I’ve played here the past few years and it’s a great place to be, with the beach and nice hotels. I like the golf course, so mentally I’m always refreshed. My wife was supposed to come but she couldn’t as I had some problems with my passport and visa.
I’m not thinking about myself being the highest ranked player in the field. I’m just here to play the golf tournament and play my game. If I started thinking too much, it’ll create the additional pressure on me.
This course fits my style of play. It’s very tricky and tough. The tee shot is very important. It’s very tight on every single hole. You just have to hit it straight. The 17th hole is a beautiful hole but it’s also one of the toughest. You can see the entire course and the jungle and sea from the tee box. But it’s really a tough driving hole. You just want to find the fairway there if you’re in contention come Sunday afternoon.
SSP Chawrasia. SSP Chawrasia.
When I first started on the Asian Tour in 2006, I think I finished sixth or seventh here (Bangkok Airways Open). I seem to play good here all the time, so I’m looking forward to it.
My last two events were in England and Sweden which I played pretty solid except for the last day.
Obviously I’m thinking about the Order of Merit. I’m about US$30,000 behind David Lipsky and I’m here to try and catch him. That’s the main reason why I’m here this week. I’ve got a full chance to win the Order of Merit and I’ve planned my schedule to play a few more Asian Tour events in the second half of the season. After Switzerland, I’m going to play in Korea, Japan and Malaysia. It’s very important for me. If I can win the Order of Merit, obviously I will be very happy as a lot of top Indians have done it in the past. I want to give myself a chance as well to win it.
Phachara Khongwatmai (Tha)
I’m not thinking about getting a win. I’m just going to try to play my best golf. This is a big tournament for all of us. I’ve played here for the past three years. On this course, if you don’t hit it straight, you will get a bad score. Hit a bad shot, you’re dead. I really like this course as it’s challenging. I’ll be using a lot of long irons this week. My driving is also getting better, so I’m feeling good about the week.
I played in three European Tour events the past few months. I enjoyed the experience and every course is challenging due to the weather and course conditions. It’s different from the conditions in Asia which is good as it helps me to learn and become a better golfer.
The Queen’s Cup is very important for all Thai golfers. Every Thai golfer wants to win the tournament as it’s a tournament for the Queen. But it won’t be easy to win it. It is also very good for all players that the prize money has increased to US$500,000 this year.
This year, my dream is to try to get one win on the Asian Tour. But if I don’t do it, it’s not a problem as I’ve already enjoyed two second place finishes. I’m not going to push it. This week, maybe I’ll have a chance.
Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand poses for a picture Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand poses for a picture
Gavin Green (Mas)
I’m getting used to the Asian Tour, travelling and being on your own. It’s different from college and I’ve been going through a swing change which is finally getting more consistent. I know where my misses are and I’m a lot more confident and a lot more comfortable. That all adds up. The second place finish in Hero Indian Open and Yeangder Heritage, plus the top-10 in Thailand have made me believe that I can do it. There are a lot of really good players out here, you’ve got to go low and be consistent to be up there every single week.
Some greens have become smaller compared to my first time here in 2015. You have to keep it on the fairway and you’ve got to be careful on every shot.
Since my dad (Gary) has been with me, we’ve had one win on the ADT and we’ve had the good results this year. He’s been there, he’s been good and he’s also trying to get better as a caddie. At the start, we had to go through a few bumps which have all turned out for the better.
When I’m on the golf course, we talk about numbers, we don’t talk about anything else. I’m very focused and I’m also very quiet on the golf course. When the round starts, when the shot comes, I’m serious. I make the final call on the club. But when he feels it’s another club, he’ll tell me and I’ll reassess. He’s stopped me from a club previously and it’s ended up okay. He would say “are you sure as it’s a lot of club”. But I’m capable of managing myself well.
It’s fun this week. We’ve got a house with a little pool. Mum and Galven are also here, so we’re having a good time. It really helps. It’s the first time we’re actuallyl doing it. It feels like we’re on a holiday which is nice.
I still need to get better with my short game. I managed to spend a few hours with my coach (Chris O’Connell) when I was back in the US trying to qualify for the US Open recently. He said everything was quite solid and we just made a few touch ups. I’m hitting it solid and hoping to keep it up this week.