#ShinhanDonghaeOpen Rd 1: What they said

Thu 29 Sep 2016

#ShinhanDonghaeOpen Rd 1: What they said

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Incheon, Korea, September 29: Read what leading contenders have to say following their opening round at this week's Shinhan Donghae Open.
Byeonghun An (Kor)- First round 65 (-6)
It was a horrible start as I didn’t hit it well. I was a little nervous, 7am was also a bit early in the morning. This is the first round, first hole of the tournament and I always worry about it the day before. Like am I going to shoot a 80 today, always have a doubt in my mind. But once I got that out of my mind, it was going to be okay. I like this course as I know there are many birdie opportunities out there so I tried to grind my way to make the par and slowly I got more confidence with my swing and putting. Once I started making those birdies, the momentum got going and I knew it would continue once I continue to start rolling those birdie putts into the hole.
 
Lee Sung (Kor)- First round 66 (-5)
I haven’t played much on the Asian Tour apart from Q School and Bangladesh. No particular reason but I just prefer to play at home in Korea nowadays. If I’m not competing on the KPGA, I would spend my time practising and improving my game. I played on the course before and I like it. My putting was the key to a good round today and I hope to continue playing the way I did today.
Nicolas Paez (Usa)- First round 67 (-4)
I started off pretty well. I parred the 10th hole which was a very tough hole and started that run of birdies from 11 to 13 before making another two on 15 and 16 to get to five-under through seven holes really early. I hit it into the rough on 18 and was not able to hit it onto the green. So I made a bogey there. I made another birdie on the second and grinded out some pars, didn’t really make any putts and then I lost my focus on my second last hole and missed a really short putt. I saw what Ben shot and I was trying to follow what he did. I was not able to get there but I’m still pleased with how I played today. I love the course and the type of grass we get to play on here in Korea.
Danny Lee (Nzl)- First round 68 (-3)
All three of us had a rough start today and we were laughing about it and saying, guys, we need to catch up and do something special. Ben An just played fantastic today and made every putt and I was just trying to do whatever he was doing. It was a fun round. We’re all good friends and that helps a lot. Once somebody in the group plays really well, it will give us motivation to try to catch up and play just as good as that guy. I would say Korean players would have an advantage as they would have played this course many times and you got to know which are the tricky holes, especially on the back-nine. Holes 10,11,12 and 13 are very tough starting holes and you just got to know how to hit the ball there.
Scott Hend (Aus)- First round 70 (-1)
I played pretty good. The course was a little soft this morning and we picked up a little of mud on the ball. A couple of shots were pretty hard to control. Watching Ben play was obviously quite nice with his scores out there. I’m not particularly a big fan of an early morning start. It was quite tough on my eyes when I was on the exercise bike at 4.40am in the morning.
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