#RWMMasters-Preview What They Said

Wed 18 Nov 2015

#RWMMasters-Preview What They Said

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Manila, November 18: Read what players have to say ahead of the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters which starts on Thursday.
From left : Paul Peterson of USA, Angelo Que of Philippines and Mardan Mamat of Singapore From left : Paul Peterson of USA, Angelo Que of Philippines and Mardan Mamat of Singapore
Mardan Mamat (Sin)
Pleased to defend your title?
It’s nice to be back here. A lot of memories after my win last year. The Philippines is almost like a second home to me now. I’m looking forward to this week. Most of the players are looking forward to this good event, Resorts World Manila has done a tremendous job by putting up this event for the Asian Tour players.
A bit of form with one win already this season?
It’s a bit different coming back here as a defending champion. I always have good support when I come back to Manila. The always make me feel at home.
On world ranking points and Olympics?
It’s always an event every athlete wants to be in. I would like to keep myself in that position and to have the chance to represent my country in the Olympics would be a dream come true for me.
Are you confident of winning again?
Mardan Mamat of Singapore Mardan Mamat of Singapore
I’m improving myself and had the chance to win last year. In terms of experience and course knowledge, I have those. It depends on holing a couple of putts. When I played the pro-am, there’re a lot of good memories coming into my mind. It gave me a bit of confidence coming back to the event.
Is the EurAsia Cup on your radar?
When you play well during the year, all things come. If you start thinking, it will create pressure on yourself. I would just let it be, what comes, comes. It’s good if  I can get into the team but I don’t want to put so much pressure on myself. I just let things come my way instead of trying to force it.
Do you think you will need another 20-under to win?
If I compare the course conditions, last year was tougher as the rough was higher. Angelo and Paul have said the course is in good condition. I’ve played here for over 20 years and I’m amazed they have kept the course in good shape. It could be 20 under as there’s less rough and the greens are rolling nicely. It’s possible.
Angelo Que (Phi)
Talk about the week ahead?
I’ve been practising a lot. Took the week off last week and played a lot here, preparing for the tournament. I’m pretty prepared. I worked on something with my coach (Bong Lopez) and hopefully everything will click this week. Maybe a win. I won’t say it’s impossible, it’s possible. But with everybody here, the field is pretty strong, Mardan is here to defend and Paul is here. Everybody is hungry to win. It will be tough but it’s possible. We all need some breaks to get lucky.
Is the course much different from last year?
Angelo Que of Philippines Angelo Que of Philippines
The course is in great shape. I’ve been playing here for years and this is the best I’ve seen Manila Southwoods. I’m proud to be a member here. This is my home course and everyone will have a great time playing in the next four days.
What exactly did you do with your coach?
It’s more about how I play, not really on the swing or anything like that. As I’ve played in Japan this year, the course is narrower and not as long and I’ve been hitting it quite soft, 70 or 80%. My coach told me to let it go this week and just have a go at it. I’ve done that the past few days, I’m a bit sore, but I’m getting used to it again. I need to get back to the game style that I had before. It’s pretty hard to play on two different Tours and the courses are different. I think I need to adapt more, that’s what he’s making me do.
Talk about the Officila World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points at stake this week?
All the tournaments that we play have world ranking points. It plays a big part for us as we can see how we are against the rest of the world and can make improvement. With the Olympics happening next year, it’s one way to rank everybody together with everybody playing against each other as we play in different parts of the world. The world ranking system is a good thing to see how everyone is doing around the world. If you win a tournament, you get more points. The more higher ranked players in the field, you get more points as well.
What are your expectations this week?
I’m ready to face the best golfers in the world. It’s nice that the fans are looking at me as the leader of Philippine golf but I’m not alone. We have more than 30 Filipino golfers who are capable of winning. They are all ready and hungry to win.
How has this event impacted Asian golf?
It’s elevated golf in the Philippines, as the richest tournament in the country. Everybody looks forward to this event. I could have played in Japan this week but I opted to play here as we’re here in my home. It’s made a great impact. When I was home last week, I haven’t seen so many pros practice here. Most of them even paid for the green fee to play in practice which is something you don’t see often. They are committed and are prepared for it. It’s a great thing.
Prom Meesawat of Thailand Prom Meesawat of Thailand
Who are the favourites?
(Pointing to Mardan) I think the guys like Mardan, Prom, Paul and hopefully me. Thaworn is here as well. It’s anybody’s game. It depends on who gets luckier. We are all very prepared to play this week, we are very excited. Anybody can be up there.
Thoughts on the EurAsia Cup qualifying?
I agree with Mardan. We have gone through it. You think you can get into a tournament and then you put yourself underpressure and it back fires. Some people play well under pressure and some don’t. If you play well, the opportunities will come. It’s good if I can get into the EurAsia Cup team but if I don’t it’s okay. I’ll keep trying. Just play my game and have fun.
Prom Meesawat (Tha)
I had a good finish in Hong Kong and it seems like my game is coming back a little bit. Last week, it was a good finish with a top-five on a very good golf course. I enjoyed last week. That course, it’s like no pain, no gain. But I enjoyed it. You need a lot of patience. Looking to play good this week. Have good memories here for two years.
This course, it’s not overly long. On every hole, if you hit it in a good position, you can make birdie on every hole, especially if you hit good iron shots as the greens are quite small. This year, the rough is also down and the greens are soft. It’s going to be good fun for everyone. However, it will depend on the winds as well.
I’ve travelled a lot this year, playing in Europe and Asia. That’s the problem. Your body gets tired and you can lose your rhythm. But I feel like it’s coming back especially with some big tournaments coming up.
Paul Peterson of USA Paul Peterson of USA
I think my 63 is the course record here. Last year, I made the cut on one over and then shot 63 to move up in the third round. Had a good finish, like birdie, birdie, eagle or something to eventually finish top-three. It was tough to catch Mardan as he played so good. Two straight years, finish second in a play-off, which I didn’t do anything wrong. I’ve got a two, a three and I’m looking for number one now. Not number four!
The EurAsia Cup, I would like to represent Asia. Last time, I had the European Tour card and didn’t play a lot in Asia and missed the team. Last year I played good but the EurAsia Cup wasn’t last year. Then this year, I’ve played a bit on the European Challenge Tour and I didn’t play too much in Asia. I need to catch up on my rankings. Three more events. It’s not easy but I’ll try my best. Try to get my best form. Hopefully I play good enough to get a captain’s pick.
Paul Peterson (Usa)
I am really looking forward to this week. I finished top-five here last year and it feels great to be back. I love the layout of the golf course. I think it will play better to people who can hit the fairways out there and that has been my strength for the year so far. The layout suits my game. I know I will do well again if I can continue to keep the ball in play.
The golf course is in fantastic shape but I did think that it might have been playing a little bit softer, compared to last year. Just looking at the clubs I have for this week, the course seems to be playing a little bit further. The greens are in great shape as well.
Hole no 8th Hole no 8th
I have been really happy with how my game is progressing so far this season. To be able to play in the CIMB Classic last month was a big goal of mine. I am very happy that I achieved that and it definitely gave me a lot of belief in what I am doing. I had the chance to play with some of the best golfers in the world and it really gives me a lot of belief in where my game is heading. It’s a great field this week. It’s anybody’s ball game.
Asia has been fantastic for me so far. Growing as a professional golfer, you get a lot of challenges week in and week out. You’re suspect to the elements every week. You learn different cultures playing in Asia as well. You get to see a lot more different things, compared to other people of my age. You get to know a lot of different amazing people of different part of the world too. It definitely helps with how global the game is right now. I think down the road, all these experience are going to help me to become rounded.
This tournament has been fantastic for us, being close to the airport when we come to play in Manila and getting hosted with some nice facilities in our hotel. We were put up in a great place and we were provided with transportation to and from the course. If my family and friends from the United States ask me about Manila, this would be where I will recommend them to stay.
Jeff Evora – Senior Director for Gaming Marketing, Resorts World Manila
Through our partnership with the Asian Tour and Manila Southwoods, we have a wonderful opportunity to showcase this beautiful country to the world while also extending our fullest support towards professional golf as we prepare to celebrate golf’s return into the Olympic program next year in Rio de Janeiro.
It has always been RWM’s commitment to champion the Filipino and we hope our own golfers will earn Official World Golf Ranking points on offer at the RWM Masters to enhance their hopes of playing in the Olympics.
Adding even more value to the RWM Masters is a hole in one challenge courtesy of Red Tail Aviation wherein the first player to record a hole in one on the 13th Hole will receive a VIP Service valid for six months valued at US$250,000.
Red Tail Aviation is an international company now operating in the Philippines and offering flight service for corporate, government, and leisure customers, among others. The latest addition to its VIP aircraft portfolio, a Custom Edition Bell 206 helicopter, enables Philippine customers to quickly and easily get to their destinations in unsurpassed comfort and safety.
I think this has been one of the best things that we have done. We’re increasing our exposure overseas with the staging of this tournament. It helps the business of course but we want to position ourselves in a way when we get visitors from abroad, the first thing that comes to their mind is Resorts World Manila.
I think the more we do it (tournament), the better known we get. It’s good to see the mixture of players getting better every time. Although it will be more challenging for the players themselves, the quality of the field is actually improving which is good for the tournament.