#SingOpen Rd 1: What they said

Thu 28 Jan 2016

#SingOpen Rd 1: What they said

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Sentosa, Singapore January 28: Read what leading contenders have to say following their opening round at this week's SMBC Singapore Open.
Keith Horne (Rsa)
Five-under-par 66
I’m really happy with my result today as I haven’t played here for a couple of years. But whenever I do come over here, I generally play well.
So it’s nice to renew my friendship with the golf course. I had a bit of a walkabout in the middle of the round but then I also had a good run coming in.
I putted great today which was important. I put a new driver in the bag today and I hit it so far and straight and that made a huge difference. I managed to hit it longer by about 15 yards.
I think they (Spieth and An) were just born when I turned professional so it’s always nice when you play well and get off to a great start.
Hopefully I can keep this going for the next three days. I really enjoy the golf course and I’m going to enjoy myself.
Jordan Spieth (Usa)
Four-under-par 67
Jordan Spieth of the United States Jordan Spieth of the United States
Got off the a great start! Birdie on the first, then I had two great shots in the second and just misread the putt, and then after my fourth hole (#13) just didn’t have many looks, I didn’t get the ball inside 15 feet, and I had plenty of opportunities too, hit a couple of shots that I don’t normally hit, I hit a really chunky wedge from a hundred yards, it’s one out of a hundred to miss the green there and for how often I hit that shot, so that took away a birdie opportunity. But I played the Par 5 extremely well. Obviously I hit the fairway to a good number and I hit each green and was able to just two putt, and three birdies and I played the rest of the course in 1 under. Pretty stress free and but no real opportunities.
Speed control was great, with no three putts, I had a lot of putts over 30 feet today, eight or nine putts over 30 feet. Typically I don’t use a practice stroke when a putt unless I’m only trying to coast it near the hole. I had to do that at 8 or 9 of the green, when that’s happening and I’m looking up and taking those practice strokes, I know I’m not hitting it close enough. But still the speed was great, I didn’t lose any shots on those and a couple putts I didn’t hit, a couple of decent opportunities like 13 and 8, my second last hole, I didn’t put a stroke on it, but for the most part I did.
On Jay as caddie
I think Jay stepped in extremely well and it’s a tough place to come in and caddie when you’re not used to carrying the bag, with the weather. But he took it like a champ and he’s caddied for me before, he’s caddied at the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan so at least we have some rounds under our belt and we’ve played a lot together so it’s an easy one week replacement while Michael’s getting healthy.
On weather in Singapore
It’s fine! It’s definitely hot, definitely humid, no doubt about that, but it’s not overbearing, you just got to drink enough water. There were times in the day where I said I haven’t drank water in a hole or two and you could kind of feel it when you don’t, so you just got to keep on drinking.
About the Serapong Course
It met the expectations, that not only I had coming in, but what everybody else had told me. My expectations were high coming in, considering how highly people have spoken of this golf course. I was curious about where pins would be and they did a great job of putting them where grain changes on the green which makes it tricky, making it look like it’s not that hard. It played very similar to a pretty challenging PGA Tour event.
Byeonghun An (Kor)
Four-under-par 67
Byeonghun An of Korea Byeonghun An of Korea
I think it’s too hot, I wished it was cooler but you know no complaints because, no rain. Wind was fairly calm today.
The front nine is a bit harder. Holes 1 – 9 are a bit longer and par threes are a bit harder.
It was good overall. Right away with good weather and not much wind on a couple of holes. Fairly calm today. Putted great, hit great, drove the ball pretty well.
All depends on the wind I guess. If wind picks up this afternoon it can get tough if not the scores can get pretty close.
I definitely didn’t leave any putts out there that’s for sure. Putted great and made all the putts I had to make. I didn’t really make any stupid mistakes today with my shots, so I was happy overall.
Obviously it’s always good to have the number one player in the world playing the same event. He’s a good player and it’s good to have him bring more crowds. I get to watch him play, so you know, I think it’s a really good thing for everyone.
I believe there are a lot of good other players who can win this event so I just got to play my golf and play well and we’ll see for the next three days.
As long as I play like this I think I’ve got high chances of making the PGA. I’ve been playing well last week, this week, so far today. As long as I play like this I think I can have a good chance at it.
The Olympics is definitely one of the majors for me. It goes together for a medal obviously and that’s definitely in my schedule, definitely one of my big events this year.
Quincy Quek (Sin)
Three-under-par 68
Quincy Quek of Singapore Quincy Quek of Singapore
Anytime you stepped off this golf course without making any bogeys, you got to be really happy with yourself.  I hit it well from tee to green and gave myself lots of opportunities and sank some birdies to keep the round going.
Growing up, playing this course, you learn to be really patient. You have to plan for every shot so it’s quite different compared to the other courses that we usually play on.
I just want to come out here and do my best. I did quite well at Qualifying School to get my card. That was quite a boost for me. I came in tied-11th at the ADT event last week.
So overall the game’s looking quite solid and I’m really pleased with today’s round