#QueensCupGolf Rd 1: What they said

Thu 16 Jun 2016

#QueensCupGolf Rd 1: What they said

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) – First round 66 (-5)
I’m always happy to come back and play well here. I’m always having good results in Samui. In the first half of the year, I’ve not played well, so I’m happy with the result today.
I’ve been trying hard to improve my game. During practice rounds, I didn’t do great and lost some money. I’ve been working hard on my irons, have used many sets of irons recently and I’ve now gone back to old irons which I played well with them.
I played good with these Maruman irons, I can’t recall how long ago I used them last but I’ve won tournaments with these. I’ve always been changing irons. Whenever I play bad, I would change clubs. I have a good feeling with this old set of clubs.
Normally it’s not easy to stay bogey-free. Players always hit bogeys on this course, so I’m happy with that.  You have to tee off well on this course. Those who hit bogeys are normally because of poor tee shots.
Gunn Charoenkul of Thailand Gunn Charoenkul of Thailand
Gunn Charoenkul (Tha) – First round 67 (-4)
This is probably my best round here in five years. Great opening for me, hit an eagle on the first hole. I thought I just hit it close and then I managed to keep the momentum going with a par save on number two.
I struggled with my driver but managed to get everything else straight. Some fixes which I need to do. I’m in the process of changing my swing, so I’m not expecting much from this week. I’ll try to stay focused with my game and not expect too much from my game.
Hit a 52 wedge for eagle. There was a branch in my line but I went for it. I thought if I hit a full 52, even if I hit it over, I would be safe as the pin was in front. I hit the branch a bit, and l saw it made the front of the green and when I walked up, I couldn’t find the ball. Looked into the hole and there it was!
The par fives this week, I decided to play them more aggressively. On six, I hit it close to the green and got up and down for birdie and nearly made eagle on eight.
I’ve been driving it well the past two or three years here but I’ve not been reading the greens properly. During practice, I’ve been taking time learning the greens better, guessing where the pins would be.
I had a left wrist injury in 2014 and I just couldn’t get my game back on track. I’ve been seeing a few coaches and working harder on my game than ever before. The wrist is still not 100 percent. If I practice hard as before, I would feel the tension. So I’ll need to keep the exercises going on the wrist.
Lu Wei-chih (Tpe) – First round 68 (-3)
I’m not happy. Last two holes, I dropped a double bogey and bogey. Played good in the first 16 holes. I was hitting my second shots good and made some putts especially when I was going out.
On eight, my tee shot got into trouble on the left and I had to lay up my second shot. Got onto the green in four but three putted it. I missed the fairway on the last hole on nine, blocked my tee shot and then found the bunker.
Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand
Jeunghun Wang (Kor) – First round 69 (-2)
It’s a pretty good round. I didn’t sleep too well last night but it was a good round. The greens are different compared to Europe, so I was quite confused initially. But I’ve played on this course many times before so I know the course. Just tried to focus on the greens.
I changed my swing a little bit. I think I hit it good today. I wasn’t hitting the irons on the sweet spot, so I just changed my backswing. I’m getting the right distances but the direction was a bit off. But this is a good start.
I almost made hole in one on the fifth hole. Hit the pin with a five iron from 202 yards and the ball just stayed out of the hole.
Prayad Marksaeng (Tha) – First round 69 (-2)
Two under is a good start. I hit it pretty good but didn’t get into a full rhythm. It’s only the first day and I’m not far back from the lead. I feel confident being back in Samui, so looking forward to the next three days.