#QueensCupGolf: What they said

Wed 15 Jun 2016

#QueensCupGolf: What they said

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Wednesday, June 15
Prayad Marksaeng (Tha)
I’ve played at Santiburi Samui many many times already. I remember every angle of this course. I love playing here too. If my physical condition is fit, playing here will be a lot of fun too.
I'm lucky that I have no problem with hitting shots. Like I said, if my physical aspect is fit, I can perform well. This year I played on three tours - Asian Tour, Japan Tour and Japan Senior Tour. I don't have too long to rest so I am active all the time and I still enjoy the result of past five months"
Every Thai players hope to win the Queen's Cup, King's Cup or Thailand Open at least once which are the Royal Trophies. The hope drives all Thai players to win, especially in Thailand. We all try to keep the trophy with Thai players.
Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand
I don't feel old from the age. I got exemption to play on the Asian Tour and Japan Tour so I still compete against young players for some time. I always try to keep my standard of play. I still gain distance from my driver, only the putting game that I am working out a lot. I am happy with my form right now.
Nothing has has changed with my routine. If you feel you are old, you will be old. So I
still walk for the whole round at Senior Tour events in Japan. My brain is still perfect. My imagination is still working. I still keep my routine both in and off course. Nothing has changed because of my age.
Thaworn always plays very well at Santiburi Samui. His putting game is perfect here all the time. I know that he is working hard on his iron game right now. I hope he can come back to win again this week. We are very good friends. I cheered him to win too or any Thai player winning is also good. Anyway I will play my best too to win for a third time.
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha)
I have won twice in the Queen's Cup and once when the Bangkok Airways Open was here. I like the golf course which is not too long and it has got challenging greens.
I’m still struggling with my game though, every part from driver to the putter. This is from the beginning of the year. All criteria are good, except myself. I'm not in form yet and I’m still trying to work it out.
It is an honor to win the Queen's Trophy. It is a goal of all Thai players to have a chance to hold the trophy. This is why Thai players are always fighting hard in the event. Also winning in Thailand should be very nice due to the support of Thai fans.
I'm going to be a senior golfer next year but I still feel that I can beat young players on the Asian Tour. I don't try to against young boys directly as I only concentrate playing with the golf course. There are still venues that suit me and I can make good performances there. I love competition. It won’t matter if it is a regular tour or senior tour event, if there is a tournament, I will play. This is my job.
I still do everything the same. I don't feel much about the age. During tournaments my practice routine hasn't changed. When I play in many events consecutively, I would sometimes get tired but out of tournament play, I still put in a whole day at the golf course. I don't know why but I am used to it.
Prayad also has chance to win a third time at the Queen's Cup. Even though he has turned Senior, he is still in a good form. If he keeps fit and fresh, he will be the one we have to keep our eyes on. "
"Hero Indian Open - Day Four"S.S.P Chawrasia (Ind)
Koh Samui is a nice place to come to. I’ve come here almost every year and always enjoy it a lot. This week, I’m also here to get my full-field Asian Tour event up so that I will be eligible for the CIMB Classic in Malaysia later this year. After this week, I’ll head to Germany, France and Scotland.
It’s a very good course, but it’s also tough and tricky. That’s why people have different views. It’s tough, it’s windy and the fairways are tricky. It’s a different type of golf course. Asian courses are normally flat but this is very hilly. It’s good fun this week.
When I started coming here in 2006, I think I enjoyed a top-10, finished sixth or seventh. Every year, I always play good. Last year I was fifth, always play good here. I’m just trying to hit it straight when I am here as the course is so narrow. That’s the plan this week.
Before my win in the Hero Indian Open, I didn’t have full status in Europe. Now I can choose which tournament to play which is very convenient. I’ll play most of the time in Europe. I’ve learned a lot from my years in Europe and hopefully this year I will play well. I’ve learned how to manage myself when I’m over there.
I’ve already won three co-sanctioned events in Asia, but I want to win on European soil. That’s my goal for this year. It’s not very tough. I have to work a bit on my short game, I think I can do it.
Over the last few years, Asian players have won all over the over the world. We’ve done well on the PGA Tour, European Tour and Japanese Tour. Hopefully in the next few years, we’ll get more Asians on the big Tours. Every year, you’ll see one or two Asian players coming through, which is good for Asian golf.
Jeunghun Wang (Kor)
It’s good to be in Samui although I’ve got a slight strain in the neck.
You know, I’ve played on the Asian Tour for several years now and I have improved by playing in tournaments in Asia. I’ve also learned a lot. Previously, I would just hit ball after ball on the range, but now, I’ve learned on how to play the course better and it’s helped with my course management.
I used to have problems with my putting, especially found it hard with short putts but the other players like Unho Park, Angelo Que and Anthony Kang have helped me a lot. I asked them for advice and they are always obliging. It’s a friendly Tour.
As junior golfer, I lived in Manila for four years from 2007 to 2011. My dad is a teaching professional. He plays every day and I followed him every day to the golf course starting when I was five or six years old. I started hitting the golf ball when I was 10 or 11 and I really liked it. I loved it. I liked the feeling when you hit it well, it goes very far. It’s nothing like the other sports.
My dad, Youngcho Wang, is 58 and now retired. He was strict before. He taught me everything that he know. I played golf only after school when we lived in Manila. There was no time for other games or hanging out with my friends. My focus was all about golf and I would think about golf only. He made me practice and I liked it. After school, I would like spend five hours practising.
He told the mental side of the game is very important. And you should not be nervous. When we approach the last few holes, I would get nervous. He said, don’t think about winning but just think about the next shot. I won like five or six junior tournaments in the Philippines. He’s the only teacher that I have and I don’t plan to change because I’m winning.
In Dubai  in 2014, it was better to not win. If won, I wouldn’t have gotten the experience of contending at the last hole and losing the tournament. Dubai helped me to win (in Mauritius and Morocco).
There were a lot of lessons to take from there. I was really nervous down the last hole in Dubai. I hit it so hard on the second shot and it flew into the bushes on the right, then found the fringe and made bogey. I was leading. I was crying after that. It was learning how to win. In Mauritius, I wasn’t nervous and was in control and knew what to do.