RWMM-Preview What They Said

Tue 18 Nov 2014

RWMM-Preview What They Said

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Manila, November 18: Read what players have to say ahead of this week's US$1,000,000 Resorts World Manila Masters presented by 918.com.
181114_RWMM_Miguel Tabuena (PHI) 07Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
I am hoping for all Filipinos to do well. It’s a big week for us. I am hoping for myself to do well too. It’s tough to play on home soil because of all the pressure from the home crowd out here. I drove the ball very well last week to finish tied-15th in Chiangmai. I think I would have to do the same for this week as well. I would have a chance to play well if my putt gets going too.
You have to putt well here to score. You have to hit fairways too. The rough is long and it can get windy here. You have to hit the ball onto the fairways and get your putter working. I have already secured my card for next year so I’m playing with less expectation. I was in a bit of struggle last year because I hadn’t keep my card at that time. This year, I got my card earlier so I’m happy about it. I will try and play more aggressively now.
This is the richest tournament we have in the Philippines and it would mean a lot to win it. I really hope for all the Filipino players to play well and show the world what we have got.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha)
My game’s been good. It has been good for me so far. I haven’t missed the cut for two weeks in a row now and this is the third week. I try to keep up with my fitness because I still have a lot of tournaments to go before the end of the season. I tell myself to stay patient and not rush into things. I’ve had a pretty good season so far. I am going to keep my card for next season.
I am hoping to win one tournament. I will try my best. It’s good to see young players like Rashid Khan and Richard T. Lee winning on Tour. I think I can do it too. I believe my time will come soon if I keep up with what I’ve been doing.
I like this course. I have played well here last year but it seems to be windier than last year. It will be a challenging week. Putting is key to play well here. My goal was to keep the card earlier this year and not that I’ve achieved it, I am hoping to win. Everyone is starting to win tournaments already so I hope I can do it too. I will play all the remaining tournaments for the season, try to knock on every door and see which one opens for me.
Prom Meesawat (Tha)Prom Meesawat
I’m still playing good golf although I didn’t have a good finish last week. I had good memories of this golf course from last year although I lost the play-off. I’m very excited to be back here again and looking forward to the tournament. Hopefully I can do as well as how I did last year. I just want to enjoy the game and not think too much about winning.
It’s not a long golf course. I think I have more opportunities to make birdies on par-fives. It’s going to be tough when the wind picks up here. I’m feeling some pain in the right ankle but it’s getting better now. I think I hurt the ankle last week walking the course last week. The course last week was in a soft condition and it didn’t really help as all the pressure was on the ankle. I’m going to the physio now so hopefully it will recover before the tournament starts on Thursday.
The second half of the season has been great for me, claiming my second win in Chinese Taipei in September and a top-10 finish at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. I secured my first goal which is to win a tournament this year and I did it. My another aim is to top the Order of Merit at the end of the season. I know it’s still a distance to go to chase down David Lipsky but we still have a few tournaments left. We will see how it goes.
Arjun Atwal (Ind)
I’ve got no goals this week, just coming in to see where the game is at. I was deeply disappointed in Macau recently ... in the second round I had one bad hole and kind of threw myself out of the tournament. I’ll just take it as it comes. I’m also playing next week at the King’s Cup in Thailand. So we’ll build upon these two weeks and see where it goes.
I’m not thinking about it but it’ll be a nice thing to do (to break back into top-20 of Career Money list) instead of asking for invites which is taking a spot away from the field. I’m so close to the top-20 so I might as well get in there and not take up invitations.
I’m hitting the ball okay. Last week I went to the US Qschool second stage and missed it there. But the game is feeling okay.
The Asian Tour has been really good to me. Every time I’ve asked for an invite, I’ve got them on most occasions. But it’s up to me, I’ve got to play better and get my card from here or get back into the top-20 on the Career Money list.
I was in the Philippines last in the 1990s I think. I played Manila Southwoods and was leading after the third round and I remember it well because I almost missed my tee time on that Sunday due to traffic. We got here five minutes to spare! None of us in the last group won the tournament then.
It’s a fantastic time for Indian golf. I saw Anirban (Lahiri) winning in Macau and then Chow (S.S.P. Chowrasia) won at home and then Rashid (Khan) in Chiangmai last week. These guys are not afraid, they come out and are ready to win. It’s great for Indian golf.
I think they have enough respect for us (senior players) but they are not afraid to win which I think is the difference. It’s not being cocky but they are fearless and I love that about them. I don’t know, we were doing it and we were spurring each other on when we first came out. Jyoti (Randhawa) would win and then I would win and Jeev (Milkha Singh) would win. We were inspiring each other at that time and hopefully the young guys are inspiring each other now.
For a country that’s mainly crazy about cricket and golf is not really popular, I think we are doing okay. I think these guys can go as far as they want. They can play on the PGA Tour, win on the PGA Tour and why not the Majors.
There’s no limits for them. Anirban is only 27 and he’s already won five times on the Asian Tour, which is ridiculous. I had a talk with him and told him that he’s better that what we were at his age. It’s called evolution and they have to be better. They can’t be just as good and I think it’s limitless for these guys.
Their generation has just got to be better. From being such a young sport in India, we were the first generation to come out and win. People have to take it forward from there. It can’t stay at that level as it’s a young sport in India.