#QueensCup: What they said

Tue 13 Jun 2017

#QueensCup: What they said

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Rattanon Wannasrichan (Tha)
I’m really feeling confident about my game and myself after winning the Thailand Open (last month). After that win, I played in an Asian Development Tour event in Phuket in the following week where I also played well (and finished second).
I’m feeling very confident about this week. I enjoyed the week off last week where I worked hard at my game too. I know this course here, you’ll need to hit good irons and hybrids shots as it’s a tough and narrow course. When the wind blows, it’s tough so you need to know the wind directions well.
I’m no longer afraid of anyone after the win. I’m feeling confident. But I just want to go out there to play my own game and not think about the other golfers. I’ve played well here in Samui previously. This course is narrow which fits my game. You’ve got to keep the ball on the fairway. If you do that, it’s not a problem. Hopefully, I will have a chance to win again on Sunday. Now, I’ll just focus on my game and take it one step at a time.
When I was a boy, I saw Chinnarat (Phadungsil) win the Queen’s Cup in 2009 and we’re from the same hometown in Chanthaburi. I was only 13 years old back then and I thought to myself that I would also like to win on the Asian Tour like Chinnarat which became my dream when I was a youngster.
Koh Samui is a beautiful place, a beautiful golf course but it’s very tough too. It’s exciting to be back here for this tournament.
Shiv Kapur of India Shiv Kapur of India
Shiv Kapur (Ind)

It’s fantastic to be here in Samui. I’m back after a gap of 11 years where I played in the 2006 Bangkok Airways Open. Samui is such as a great destination that everyone looks forward to this week. I’m lucky there’s no event in Europe this week that I’m able to come back here.
It’s a tough golf course. You have to strategize off the tee especially when the wind blows. Most of the greens are also very undulating so you have to keep the high numbers off the card. It’s a golf course which gives you a lot of opportunities to make birdies but it’s also a course which you can make a big number if you do something silly.
I’m still trying to figure out how to play the first hole. Hopefully after I finish playing the pro-am tomorrow I’ll be able to figure my strategy and I’ll let you know. But in general, I like the golf course as you have to think your way around it. It’s not one of those where you just stand up there and hit a driver. I like it when you have to hit a two iron or three iron as it tests your mental skills.
I’ve won on courses where I’ve never played before. Obviously it’s an advantage if you know the golf course but at the end of the day, if you keep the ball in play and hole a few putts, that should be fine. Sometimes it helps not to play as you don’t know where the trouble is and you go out and play. I’m just glad to be back as I’m enjoying the week so far.
The young stars in Asia are just as good as anyone else around the world. I think it’s just a matter of time before we win on the really big stage. Thailand has a bunch of young talent and India has a bunch of young talent, so has Korea and Japan. It’s just a matter of time when we take that big step.
Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh
Siddikur Rahman (Ban)
I’m always excited to come back here. I’ve got good memories as I’ve played good golf here the past few years. I’m looking forward to this week. I’m always happy to be in Samui. The golf course suits my game. I love to play placing golf and it’s all about being in the right position which suits my style of play.
I think another win will come, it’s a matter of time. Whenever I’m here, my confidence is totally different. Maybe it’s because of my game or because I like this place so much. The food is good, the hotel is good and the people are really nice. It’s also a different type of golf course compared to the others that we normally play on. It’s good fun to be here.
I’m happy with my first six months on Tour. I finished second in Bangladesh and then I finished ninth in Japan which is the best finish I’ve had there. The game is feeling good and I’m feeling happy. I’m focusing on my practice routine. Whatever happens, happens. I’m just going out there to do my job.
It’s really hot back home now, so I’ve not been out there practicing. I’ve been doing a lot of indoor preparation such as my physical workouts which is the best thing for me to do.
Carlos Pigem (Esp)
Since I finished the tournament here last year, I was looking to come back to this beautiful island. Today, the feeling is even stronger. The prize money is up and I think it’ll be an interesting week. I’m feeling very excited about playing.
I like everything here. The golf course is good, the hotel is good and the environment is unbelievable and you get foot massages too. But the most important thing is to make birdies this week.
If you play on a course like this, with this weather, you just have to play well. My golf is feeling good. The last tournament in Asia was in India which I didn’t play good in the last round of the Indian Open. Let’s see if I can play good in four rounds here. It was a shame last week, I was tied fifth three shots off the lead going into the last round but I didn’t play good on the last day and finished 28th. That’s golf. It’s going to happen more times and I have to keep learning. I have to wait for my moment.
Last week, maybe I put too much pressure on myself. I thought if played good, I could get my European Tour card. A lot of things in my head. Maybe I didn’t focus on the present and that was the key to the problem. I know what I did bad and I know what I need to get better.
The secret here is to hit it straight or straight! There’s no option. You have to focus 100% on the golf shot. You have to hit the fairway or reload off the tee. But I like it as I normally hit it very straight. This could be a great course for me.