#RWMMasters-Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 19 Nov 2015

#RWMMasters-Rd 1 What They Said

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Manila, November 19: Read what players have to say following the opening round of the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters on Thursday.
Nicholas Fung of Malaysia Nicholas Fung of Malaysia
Nicholas Fung (Mas) – First Round 66 (-6)
Everything was good. My game’s feeling good and I have been playing well. I left a couple of shots out there but it’s ok. I am feeling very confident with my game. I like playing here and I have played well here in the last two years. It is always good to come back here. I always feel comfortable playing here.
My runner-up finish last week definitely gave me a boost in confidence as well. It’s good to come in to the week with a good form. I am happy with my result last week even though I didn’t win. I don’t want to think so much for now. I just want to enjoy my game.
I think I am more confident with my game now. That’s why I’m playing well. I’ve been talking to Danny (Chia). He’s like a mentor to me. Looking at how he won in Chinese Taipei after coming back from injury really inspires me. If he can do it, why can’t I? Furthermore, I have no injuries so I knew I needed to change my mindset. He told me to just enjoy my game as well and not think too much about winning.
I wasn’t disappointed after missing out on my win last week because that runner-up finish allowed me to secure my card for next year.
Poom Saksansin (Tha) – First Round 67 (-5)
Poom Saksansin of Thailand Poom Saksansin of Thailand
My putting was good today. I played in the morning so it was not windy. I guess that was an advantage for me. I gave myself a lot of opportunities for birdies out there and I’ve hit my good shots too. This is my second time playing in this tournament. The golf course is in great condition.
When it’s not windy, it is easier. It can get really tough when the wind is up. You have to hit a lot of low shots. We will see how it goes tomorrow. Winning on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) has given me a lot of confidence. The season hasn’t been great before I won but after winning, I feel more confident with my game. I told myself maybe I can do well on the Asian Tour too. I am happy to get off to a good start. The experience of playing on the Asian Tour and ADT before helps a lot.
Hung Chien-yao (TPE) – First Round 67 (-5)
Hung Chien-yao of Chinese Taipei Hung Chien-yao of Chinese Taipei
I feel pretty good. Before I came to play this course, I already felt good as I love this course. I played well here last year (finished fourth). Even if I didn’t play last week, I just tried to fix my finger (middle left) as I had an ingrown nail. I know the course pretty well, so today I just went according to my plan like what I’ve done every year.
I made a lot of long putts, so putted good. Only bad thing was the bogey, par, bogey finish. Counted a wrong yardage on seven and then I lost my confidence coming in. Tried to birdie eight but bogeyed nine with another wrong yardage.
The third round in Macao, I played with Anirban (Lahiri) and he’s a really good player. Even though he didn’t play good, he still shot under par. He kept to his tempo and pre-shot routine. I think I’ve not enough experience, so hopefully I can continue to do better.
I did some practice earlier this week, felt some pain in the finger and saw the medical team here. Feels better now, so no issue with it now.
Orlan Sumcad (Phi) – First Round 68 (-4)
Orlan Sumcad of Philippines Orlan Sumcad of Philippines
My tee shots were good today and I putted very well. I needed only 27 putts today. I think putting is the key to play well here. You know the other golfers here are probably driving the ball as good as you did so you really need to have a sharp short game to be up there on the leaderboard.
I only play here a few times before but I managed to get some practice before this week. The game’s feeling good at the moment. I played in the morning so it wasn’t too windy. The wind will likely pick up in the afternoon so we will see how it goes tomorrow. I just want to play the same tomorrow, like how I did today. If I can play consistently, I should be fine. I don’t want to too so much about it yet. There is still a lot of golf to play.
I am thinking of going to the Qualifying School next year. I have been playing well this year. Hopefully this will be a good week for me. I will continue to play my best out there.
Carlos Pigem (Esp) – First Round 68 (-4)
That must have felt good?
It felt pretty good as I arrived last night at 1am coming from Europe and with no practice round. With jetlag as well. 69, I’m pretty happy. I hope I can continue to play like that.
Did you feel any effects of the jetlag?
I felt better than I thought I would because every time I come to Asia, the day after I would be very tired. But this time, I don’t know why I was pretty good. I didn’t feel tired despite arriving yesterday. Maybe that’s why I played good!
I played here two years ago and it wasn’t that windy. But last year, I saw Mardan win and it was really windy and tough in the afternoon. When I had chances for birdie, I made it but I made some mistakes too which is normal considering the wind.
Was it a tough decision to make after missing the cut at Qualifying School in Europe?
When I told people that I would be coming to the Philippines, they said I was mad. But I said why not? I had better feelings on this course as I finished third here two years ago to keep my card. I said why not Carlos? We’re still young, 25 years old and we’ve got to keep working hard.
Plenty to look forward to now?
Still three more days to play but this will give me confidence. I didn’t play well in the European Qschool and under par here will give me more confidence.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi) – First Round 70 (-2)
Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines
I am feeling much better now. I am pretty happy with my round today, considering the wind conditions out there. It’s tougher in the afternoon. You don’t see a lot of low scores so I think two-under is a pretty solid score. Hopefully I can take advantage of the less windy (hopefully) morning conditions tomorrow.
My driving off the tee was solid today. I think I only missed one fairway. Tee shots are very important on this course. If you don’t hit the ball onto the fairways, you won’t be able to stop the ball on the greens. It’s key to hit the fairways here.
I took advantage of the par-five 15 for birdie where I chipped it to about two inches from the hole. You have to putt well and take advantage of the perfect greens. The greens are easy to read here.