RWMM-Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 21 Nov 2014

RWMM-Rd 2 What They Said

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 Manila, November 21: Read what players have to say following the second round of the Resorts World Manila Masters presented by 918.com on Friday.
Mardan Mamat of Singapore Mardan Mamat of Singapore
Mardan Mamat (Sin) – Second Round 68 (-4), Total 133 (-11)
I had a slow start today. I couldn’t get my momentum right on my front nine (from the 10th) but I am still happy to get even par after the turn. I told myself to stay patient out there and I managed to get five birdies in the last six holes! It was a great finish for me. I knew I had to keep to my pace to stay in contention. I told myself I need to stay in my game if I want to go two or three-under. I managed to do so towards the end of the round and hopefully I can keep it up for the next two rounds.
I thought the wind conditions were pretty similar to yesterday. I am quite surprised actually. I thought it would be less windy playing in the morning. The wind started to pick up after three to four holes this morning. Playing conditions were pretty much the same. I think it’s just the pace of play which is different. We were on the clock and we had to rush a little bit but I managed to get the pace back slowly.
I would say every hole I birdied is my best hole today. My driving was good. I hit good iron-shots and my putting got better on the back nine. My longest putt of the day was on the seventh hole where I sank the ball from about 20 feet.
I hit it closer on the back nine. I think the sixth hole is one of the toughest out there so I am really happy to make a birdie there. I hit it against the wind and hit a four-iron to about two-feet short of the pin. That birdie kind of got my momentum going.  That was the turning point for me and I regained my confidence from there.
It’s good to be in the lead right now but I will try not to give myself any expectations tomorrow, at least try not to set high expectations for myself. I need to continue what I’ve been doing, keep to my pace and make myself feel comfortable out there tomorrow.
I have struggled with my game since the beginning of the year. It’s good to get back in form now. I had my good friend, Zaw Moe, look at my swing three weeks ago and he kind of pin-pointed my problems. It seems like my ball position was not in place and that’s why my game is all over the place. It’s back in shape now and I guess that’s why I am playing differently these two weeks. It’s good to have to a friend who knows my swing well and able to spot what I’ve been doing wrong. It’s more the fundamentals that I’ve been working on. I’m happy it’s paying off now.
Wang Jeung-hun of Korea Wang Jeung-hun of Korea
Wang Jeung-hun (Kor) – Second round 65 (-7), Total 133 (-11)
I have a lot of lucky shots. I guess I have no regrets today. I played really well out there. I will play my best again tomorrow and hopefully I can keep it going like this. I have played here a couple of times last year so I’m pretty familiar with it.
I was really lucky on the 10th which was my first hole of the day. I hit it too far right and it was going out of bounce but the ball hit the camera tower and bounced back into the course. I managed to save par. I changed my putter last week and it’s working well for me. I putted very well today.
I lived in the Philippines for six years and only moved back to Korea last year. I won the Philippines Amateur Championship in 2011. It’s too expensive to play golf in Korea so my family moved here. My father teaches golf and he’s my coach. He’s back in Korea now
Philippines feel a bit like home to me. I am very nervous being in the lead actually but I will try and do my best tomorrow. I will just play safely and try to stay out of trouble. I would have to focus on my putter as well.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) – Second round 69 (-3), Total 135 (-9)
Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand
It’s not a bad position after two rounds but I’m not happy with my finish on the par five, finishing with a six which I’m quite upset about. I couldn’t get up and down from about 15 yards with the third shot. It wasn’t good.
My caddie asked me to lay up to get a full wedge in. It wasn’t sitting in a good lie but I was trying to hit it as close as possible to the green and get up and down for birdie to tie for the lead.
The bunkers were hard throughout the round except for the last bunker. After the third shot, I knew it was going to be tough.
I’m just going to try doing the same thing, striking the ball well and rolling the ball well. I misread some holes but everything was good. I’ve got a lot of confidence after some top five or top-10. I’m going for another title.
Steve Lewton (Eng) – Second round 66 (-6), Total 137 (-7)
I got off to a really good start. I missed a few birdie chances but managed to pick up on seventh and eighth. Unfortunately, I gave back two on the ninth but I made a pretty good up and down on the 11th. I saved par from the fringe.
Overall, I putted very nicely. I hit it a lot better than yesterday. I holed a couple of pretty good putts out there which was good. I hit it better on the back nine and happy to finish with a birdie.
I hit it so much better than yesterday where I was five-over through six. I made a lot of silly mistakes and I just had bad course management out there. It’s nice to be in the mix right now after a solid round today. I haven’t been quite on top of my game since winning in Chinese Taipei but it’s getting better now. Hopefully I can continue to play well in the next two rounds. I still need two low scores to contend for the title. There are a lot of birdies out there.
Nicholas Fung of Malaysia Nicholas Fung of Malaysia
Nicholas Fung (Mas) – Second round 69 (-3), Total 138 (-6)
I’ve hit it so bad this week. But my putting has been so good. After my first round yesterday, I went to the putting green as I had some problems but my playing partner Lin Wen-tang gave me some tips. He said my head was looking up too quick after I stroke the ball. He felt my putting wasn’t compact and he asked me to keep my head down and to stroke the ball better. I’m putting it so good today.
I switched driver this week and I’m struggling a bit with it. It’s going to the left all the time. I’ll stick with it and will go to the range later to try to find something in the driver.
After I found my putting, I’m confident. Even when I have miss shots, I’m still confident because of my putting. If I can put the ball closer to the pins, I’m sure I can go lower. I’ll work on my swing later to try to get it better.
I was playing behind Mardan but I didn’t see him birdie home. I don’t want to think about winning. I just want to go out and do my best. I’ve changed my strategy a bit this week.
Sometimes I’ve been too aggressive which have resulted in bad rounds in the weekend rounds. I don’t want to think of the score, I just want to fight against the hole. If it’s a par four and I can beat it with a birdie, then it’s great.
Hung Chien-yao (Tpe) – Second Round 71 (-1), Total 138 (-6)
I thought I was more relaxed when I played yesterday. I wasn’t thinking much out there and it was easier for me. Today, I can’t seem to get that feeling back. I was trying to play aggressively and I think I got ahead of myself. It was kind of up and down today but overall, it was still good to be in contention.
I told myself to stay patient out there and I managed to birdie two of the last three holes which was good. There weren’t much wind when we played the first five holes actually but the wind started to pick up after that.
You need to think a lot to play well on this course. You need a good strategy and you need to know where you want to place the ball so it will be easier for you to attack the pins. I think I didn’t take advantage of the opportunities I had today and I didn’t play smart enough. I will have to avoid the mistakes I made today in the next two rounds.
Antonio Lascuna (Phi) – Second round 71 (-1), Total 139 (-5)
Antonio Lascuna of Philippines Antonio Lascuna of Philippines
I had a bad start on the first hole with a three putt. It was also windy in the afternoon and after four holes, I was still one over and was focused on shooting even par for the day. Managed to get birdie on the last hole for one under, I’m happy.
I saw the leaderboard and saw that Mardan (Mamat) was 11-under. Two days more, maybe a seven under tomorrow. I’m feeling good enough. My putting was always almost, almost in the hole. Aim for seven under tomorrow.
I always practice on this course, so I know the course well. I’ll try to charge tomorrow, try to attack the pins. Also need to have good touch with my putting. It was always very close today.
Arjun Atwal (Ind) – Second round 68 (-4), Total 140 (-4)
I’m not out of it yet, we’ve still got two days. The course played hard, it’s not easy and it was breezy this morning as well. He (Mardan Mamat) played really well. He’s on the same side of the draw. I was struggling the first six holes, didn’t hit a single fairway but I settled down and managed to hit those four birdies.
Still jetlagged, waking up at 3am every morning. I think it’s the age man, it’s taking me forever to overcame this. Used to take only a while!
Lam Chih Bing (Sin) – Second round 73 (+1), Total 145 (+1)
I’ve really been struggling with my game. Halfway through today’s round, it looked like I wasn’t going to make it. But I guess that’s golf. I’m pretty happy right now but to make four birdies to make the cut, I don’t know what to say. It feels like I’m trying so hard just to make the cut. The game is not where it should be. I’ve been out here long enough to know that every dollar counts on Tour. Hopefully these last four holes will turn my season around. (Four events remain after this week).
I don’t know what clicked. I didn’t feel that bad. It’s just I’m hitting good shots but not getting rewarded. I just made good swings coming down the stretch. I was trying to grind it out and I’m pleased with that. Obviously, there’s still things I need to work on. My swing is not where I want it to be. Hopefully after these four holes, I will get more confidence heading into the weekend rounds.
My iron play has been really bad. I can’t seem to get my swing right.
I think Mardan struggled all season until Chiangmai last week. You can turn around any time and I’m hoping that this week is sort of my season turnaround.