#RWMMasters-Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 20 Nov 2015

#RWMMasters-Rd 2 What They Said

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Manila, November 20: Read what players have to say following the second round of the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters on Friday.
Hung Chien-yao (Tpe) – Second Round 67 (-5), Total 134 (-10)
Hung Chien-yao of Chinese Taipei Hung Chien-yao of Chinese Taipei
It’s much windier today, compared to how it was when I played in the morning yesterday. I guess I was lucky yesterday. We played 10 over holes with no wind. But I knew this golf course is bound to be windy, having played here for the last two years. I thought I just do my best for every shot and stay focused out there.
I wasn’t thinking about leading actually. Maybe that’s why I could play with no pressure out there. I just thought it’s still the second round and there is still a lot more to do. I don’t want to give myself too much pressure. I just want to enjoy my game out there.
I went to the United States during the summer break to look for my putting coach Dave Stockton. I was there for about 10 days and he gave me a lot of good advices. I’ve been with him for about seven to eight years now. I’m his first student! After meeting him, I thought I found my game back. I felt better with my game. I am thankful to him.
I have been working very hard too. My results were not so good in the first half of the year actually. Although I did make the cut, I thought I still wasn’t playing good enough. I told myself to keep working hard and be serious with my practice. I’m happy with how I am playing right now. I’m glad the efforts are paying off.
Of course I hope to play well but I still have two more days to play. I take it as a challenge against myself and not the other players out here. I don’t want to compare myself against others. I just want to play my best. Before coming here, I told myself I must at least make the cut for the remaining tournament this year. That was my target because I am pretty sure I have secured my Asian Tour card for next season. If it’s mine, it’s mine. I don’t want to think too much.
I’ve have been putting good recently. I putted very well these two days too. Before coming here, I actually emailed my coach again and talk to him about it. He shared some tips as well so I am feeling confident with my putting right now.
Overall, every aspects of my game is working well for me, just a couple of missed opportunities out there but that’s ok. It rained a bit earlier and it actually affected me a little. The TV crew was following my group also. After the rain stopped, my playing partners seemed to have found their good form but I kind of lost touch with the greens as it became softer. But having said that, it wasn’t much of a problem. Everyone in my group played well.
The highlight of my round today is my chip-in for birdie on par-three third from 15 yards with a 60 degree. Before I chipped, my caddie told me my chipping is a ‘killer’. I didn’t think much about that and I didn’t expect to really chip it in. That gave me quite a bit of confidence. I actually got quite a few long putts these two days. I thought I was quite lucky.
I led in Macao last month but because of the lack of experience, I didn’t manage to take advantage of the lead. This time round, I just hope to give myself another chance to try again. If I don’t play well, it’s fine. My goal was to make the cut anyway (laughs).
Lee Chieh-po (Tpe) – Second Round 66 (-6), Total 134 (-10)
Lee Chieh-po of Chinese Taipei Lee Chieh-po of Chinese Taipei
I wasn’t thinking too much actually. I like this weather. The wind didn’t really affect me because I’m used to this kind of windy conditions when I practice back home in Chinese Taipei. The course is really beautiful. I like the greens here. It’s similar to the greens at my home course Sunrise Golf and Country Club. It’s not very difficult for me so I am confident that I will play well.
I hit a very good shot off the tee onto the fairway on the fourth and hit another good second shot to about nine feet before I sank the putt for eagle. It has been a very good experience playing on the Asian Tour this season, since coming through the Qualifying School earlier in January. I have been improving in every tournament I play.
My iron-play was really solid. I guess that gave me a lot of advantage even thought I didn’t putt as well. I missed a lot of short putts for birdies actually. I even putt it in to the water hazard on the 12th hole today. Luckily my iron-play was solid so overall the game was solid. Putting can be better.
I didn’t know I was leading until the last hole actually but I kind of knew I am going to be up there because I played really good. On my last two holes (eighth and nine), I actually missed a five-footer and 10-footer for birdies. I was getting a bit nervous at that point because I knew I was already 10-under-par.
I keep wanting to challenge myself out there. It’s my first time leading on the Asian Tour. I am really looking forward to tomorrow. I won’t compete against the other players tomorrow. I will just challenge myself. I actually haven’t played well since coming through the Qualifying School although I have been making the cut until last week. It was my first time missing the halfway cut on the Asian Tour last week in Singapore.
That was kind of like a wake-up call for me. I told myself I really need to buck up and try to finish inside top-60 on the Order of Merit to secure my card for next year. Before that, even though I made the cut, I always never play well in the last two rounds. This week, I will remind myself to improve on that.
It’s been a great experience so far. I went to India for the first time in my life because of the Asian Tour. I’m getting used to the travelling. I enjoy seeing the different cultures in different places and meeting different people out there.
This week, my aim is not just to make the cut. I want to aim for top-three finish.
Jbe Kruger (Rsa) – Second round 65 (-7), Total 134 (-10)
Jbe Kruger of South Africa Jbe Kruger of South Africa
It’s fun to finally make some putts. I’m happy. I think I like to play in the wind. I’ve always liked it. Just need to get the putter going a bit more. I’ve always say the Lord knows what He’s doing. I didn’t do anything different in my putting. I wasn’t hitting it to the hole, lagging a bit. So I was just trying to hit it a bit harder towards the hole. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in contention. The Lord has done it with a purpose as He wants to teach me. Patience has been key. It’s easy to proclaim the Lord when you’re playing well and not easy when you’re not playing well.
It’ll be pretty much the same this weekend. I’ve been hitting it well and I just need to make a few more putts. I always say that in the final round, whoever makes the most putts will win. It’s not about the ball striking. It’s all about making putts on the final day.
Rufino Bayron (Phi) – Second Round 66 (-6), Total 135 (-9)
I drove the ball really good today and my putting, I had some lucky ones that went in from fairly decent range. Holed from about 12 to 15 feet on eight, 10 and 15 which was nice to see. I’m happy with the way I’m swinging the club and hopefully I can continue to play well in the next two rounds. I’ll try my best to win the tournament but I know it will be a tough challenge. I won the Asian Development Tour (ADT) last year in Orchard, so hopefully I can win again.
Nicholas Fung (Mas) – Second Round 69 (-3), Total 135 (-9)
Nicholas Fung of Malaysia Nicholas Fung of Malaysia
It was so much tougher with the wind this afternoon and we had rain as well for a bit. But I managed to stay patient, kept the ball in play all the time. I managed to get up and down a few times which was so good. Ended up with a 69, so I’m very happy. I think it’s good. It’s always tougher in the afternoon and I’ve managed some red numbers and put myself in contention for the next two days. I don’t want to think too much, just go out have fun, play good golf.
I don’t want to put that (winning) in my mind. Of course I want to win but I don’t want to put pressure on myself. I want to play good, make birdies and if I can do that, I can be the winner. I don’t even want to look at the scores when I’m out there.
It’s good to see myself on the leaderboard in back to back weeks. It’s not easy. I’ve been down for some time and finally I’m back on the leaderboard. Just need to stay patient for my first win. I’m swinging it well and everything is down to my confidence which is good right now.
Akinori Tani (Jpn) – Second Round 67 (-5), Total 136 (-8)
Akinori Tani of Japan Akinori Tani of Japan
I kept the ball in play, just like how I did yesterday. I’m hitting the ball good. It was really windy out there so it’s important you control the ball spin. I might not have the distance but I think I am quite good with this type of golf where you hit from point to point. This kind of courses suit me better. I don’t really like long courses too so I guess this is why I play well here.
I knew I was leading but I didn’t think too much. I just try to make birdie on every hole. That was my aim. I just focused on every shot I make. My aim was to shoot five-under every day and I managed to do it today. I finished top-10 here last year. I like this golf course and I always feel confident coming to play here.
The wind got me a bit nervous actually but I believed in myself and I thought I controlled the ball quite well today. I think the best hole for me today is the first. I birdied the first for a solid start to the round. I was thinking of making birdie first so I can have a bit of cushion heading into the round. The first birdie gave me a lot of confidence and I was really happy with it.
My aim is to try and finish inside top-60 on the Order of Merit at the end of the season to keep my card for next year. This is the most crucial part of the season where we have tournaments back to back. I will try my best to do well.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi) – Second Round 68 (-4), Total 138 (-6)
Miguel Tabuena of Philippines Miguel Tabuena of Philippines
I had a doubled the first hole on 10, hit it into the water. A bit back of it was that I knew that I could shoot low rounds here which I’ve done so in practice rounds. I knew that if i could control my game, I will give myself a chance despite the conditions being windy.
I was three over for the day through 15 and I said might as well try to make a move. Hit a three iron to the fringe and made the putt from about 20 feet. I bogeyed 16 , hit it left of the fairway, two feet from a tree and just played it out to take my medicine.
I’ve not had two eagles in one round. A bit of a rollercoaster round which is not usually how I play. Hit a good drive on one and was left with 87 yards to the pin. Prom Meesawat was already on the green and said that my shot pitched before the flag before spinning back into the cup. I didn’t see it go in.
I’ve been average here in the past two events. I’m pleased, know that I’m playing well. I’m driving the ball well here which is what you need. I know I have a good chance. I won four events this year locally and first time I won the Order of Merit. Finished second three times previously.
I’m a different golfer now, mentally and physically. I have a new trainer and I’m working hard with my coach Joel Altaya. I know I’ll have a good year.
Masahiro Kawamura (Jpn) – Second round 69 (-3), Total 138 (-6)
Today is a very windy day and my putting touch was very good. I did not have any three putt and it’s a good score for me. I had four birdies in a row which was nice but on 18, I had a big miss for a double bogey. But on the back nine, I did not drop any shot which was very good.
On 18, I pushed my drive towards the water hazard but I managed to play a shot back out onto the fairway. Then I mis-hit my third shot which hit a palm tree and ended up on the greenside bunker on 16. From there, I took two more shots to the green and two putts for a seven which was disappointing.
Jeunghun Wang (Kor) – Second Round 69 (-3), Total 138 (-6)
The wind was very hard in the morning. I thought morning conditions would be good but it was tough. I made birdies in the last three holes which was good for a three under. A good finish. My putting was so much better than last week. I didn’t miss any short putts which is a good thing.
I feel like I can always play well on this golf course. Will try my best and keep going. On 18, I chipped in for birdie from 20 feet. On nine, I holed a 25-footer for birdie. The rest were short birdies.
Prom Meeesawat (Tha) – Second Round 68 (-4), Total 140 (-4)
Prom Meesawat of Thailand Prom Meesawat of Thailand
The wind picked up after three holes this morning. We played in the wind in the afternoon but I hit it good for the first two rounds. Still have to work on my putting. Need to work on putting to get up on the weekend.
This course, it’s different a bit this year as it’s softer than normally and the rough is shorter. The course is playing easier but the wind has kept score down. You need to hit good tee shots to have a chance for birdies.
Still have to work on my game, using my old driver and still have to work on my putting to have a chance for the weekend.