SAIL-SBI Open Rd 2 - What they said

Thu 27 Feb 2014

SAIL-SBI Open Rd 2 - What they said

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RASHID KHAN (IND) – SECOND ROUND 69 (-3), TOTAL 130 (-14)
Started from the 10th hole and I didn’t hit the ball well. I was really struggling on the golf course. But managed to hole two or three putts which was important. Made birdie on 16 from 20 feet and had a terrible double bogey on 17. Had a wrong club selection. Hit it over the green and made double.
I made eagle on the first, made a good putt from 25 feet. Only three balls were inside of 10 feet, everything else were long putts. I wasn’t hitting it close at all. Had another good birdie on seven from 25 feet and hit a good five iron to 12 to 15 feet and holed the putt. It was a good comeback on the back nine after being one over on the front nine. It was a really good comeback.
I was not comfortable with my swing. Even at the range, I wanted to hit a few more balls but I didn’t have time. It’s okay, it’s nothing serious. It was all because of my putting I had a good comeback.
Just need to make sure I find more greens and hole more putts in the next two days. I’m putting really well. Just need to find more greens. Tomorrow morning, I’ll work on my swing, spend half an hour more at the range with my coach.
The winds were swirling out there this afternoon, it was affecting us. Normally it doesn’t happen at DGC. Every single hole, we were playing a different wind. It was a little tough. I wasn’t playing aggressive, just focused on finding fairways and greens. I’ve used only my driver once in the past two days.
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MITHUN PERERA (SLK) – SECOND ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 134 (-10)
Had bad bogeys on second and 15 from the centre of the fairway. But I had a good finish, like yesterday. Birdied the last three holes today and yesterday I was four under. At least I have a chance for tomorrow and I’ll try to keep doing well.
Hit it to seven feet on 16 and holed a three footer on 17 and had a given birdie on the last hole. On the first nine, my tee shot was a bit off but I got back my swing on the back nine. The key will be my tee shots as I’m using a lot of drivers.
If I can be on the fairways, I will have a chance. Today, it was a bit off but overall it’s been good. Rashid is a really good player, he’s number one on the PGTI and this is his home course. I have to play good to give him a fight. We can’t expect him to play bad.
SIDDIKUR RAHMAN (BAN) – SECOND ROUND 67 (-5), TOTAL 134 (-10)
Another five under today, I’m happy. It’s good. That’s my target. It was really good, everything was good. Hitting and putting was good. I’m especially happy on my putting. Got my putting back. Yesterday, I struggled a bit.
I’ve been working on my swing, which is a bit wrong. I can feel it and made some adjustments in the past few weeks.
DGC is always tough. There are some tees which are put in the front which makes it a bit easier. On nine, nobody hits driver but now, you have to hit driver. If you hit three wood, you are getting to the narrow spot.
I just want to follow what I’ve done in the first two days. If I can continue on that, I think I can win.
During the off season, I did my fitness with my local trainer and also did my yoga. I’ve been doing yoga when I’m back home. I’m very serious on that when I’m back home. It’s given me more flexibility and mobility. When I wake up, I don’t feel tightness in my body which is good.
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UNHO PARK (AUS) – SECOND ROUND 65 (-7), TOTAL 134 (-10)
Everything has been going good the first two days. It’s a matter of whether it can hold up or not. The conditions of the course are about the same as previously but a lot of the par threes, the tees are up which makes it a bit easier for scoring. However, it’s still windy out there. Still quite tough. Today, I just holed a lot of putts. Yesterday I couldn’t make anything. That’s where the difference is. When you hole putts from everywhere, it makes golf easier.
I’ve not done anything different to prepare for 2014. Just played some social rounds and chill. I have been playing well in the second half of last year. I didn’t have much to work on and took it easy. I wouldn’t say I was trying to stay fit as I’ve put on four kilos but the ball is going where I want it to.
I still stand over every shot thinking anything can happen here, especially on this course. Lately, I’ve not been hitting wide balls which helps on this course. Try to hit fairways and greens and not make any bogeys in the next two days, just like everyone else.
I’ve had a lot of my best finishes have been around here. A lot of top-10s but a lot of bad rounds here too. If you’re not hitting it good, this course just eats you up.
MARTIN ROMINGER (SUI) – SECOND ROUND 63 (-2), TOTAL 135 (-9)
I started off well with eagle on the first and that kept me going. From there on, it was quite easy. I didn’t look like I was going to make a bogey. It was one of those days. Yesterday, it was average, didn’t putt great and didn’t hit it close. Hit it in the high stuff a few times.
Hit three wood down the right and had a quite easy shot with a rescue which got close on the first hole. Always a bit lucky and made the putt for eagle. To shoot nine under, you have to have all parts of the game going decent. I made a few nice putts which I normally don’t. Hit a few close and on the par fives, two putted for birdies.
I always come back, so I must enjoy DGC after playing it so many times. Finally, I’ve got a good round here. It’s definitely my best here. Every hole, you can hit the whole bag off the tee. It’s a tactical course. You have to be confident, which I am now right now.
I’ve been playing well the last few months, not just at Qschool. Last year I only got into three events from my category which isn’t great as I couldn’t show anything. I have played on the Asian Tour for a while now, and I know the courses, so hopefully I can play better this season.
ANIRBAN LAHIRI (IND) – SECOND ROUND 66 (--6), TOTAL 136 (-8)
Much better than yesterday, didn’t make any bogeys which was good. Holed some good putts today. Played solid actually. The course is playing the easiest I’ve ever seen it. All the tees are up and you’re getting short irons in. The winds are exactly the other way around. Some of the tough holes are playing downwind, like the third and nine. It makes life easier. It helps a little bit.
I’m happy with how I played. I can only control what I can do. At least I’ve given myself a chance. I need to stay in this form for the next two days if I am to challenge for the title. I’m happy as least I can have a sniff in the last two days.
Yesterday, I was a little rusty. Although I’ve played in a few events, my caddie was telling me I haven’t been in the same frame of mind as I’ve been in the last few Asian Tour events. I think the set up is a bit different, the feel and approach is a bit different. I guess it was good as I got off to a good start. I’m feeling like I’m in the right frame of mind going into the weekend now. He’s been on my bag for a while and it helps when there is a good rapport.
Made a 25 footer on 14 which was my front nine. Birdied 10 from four feet. Birdied 17 when I hit the flagstick and it ended up four feet. First hole, I two putted. Made a 30 footer on the third and two putted on eight. A couple of nice long ones.