SO Preview - What They Said

Wed 12 Mar 2014

SO Preview - What They Said


Lin Wen-tang (Tpe)

I’m feeling a bit scared and happy because I’m defending my title. However, this golf course is very challenging. I feel that I have the strength to play well but I will need some luck for a successful title defence.

There are a lot of top players this week so anybody can win but I will definitely give it my best try to successfully defend my title. I’m a straight hitter so I prefer narrow courses. This golf course is quite wide open so it will be a challenge for me to compete against the long hitters.

Everybody knows that I’m not a long driver. I’m a straight hitter. It is very windy at The Country Club (7206 yards) and the golf course is long. The greens are also very challenging so it won’t be an easy week.

It is very windy in Chinese Taipei as well but the courses are not as long as The Country Club. Even if you are a long hitter, you still need a hot putter to go low. In the last month or so, I’ve been practising on hitting low ball flights. Every day I hit about a 1,000 golf balls. That’s why I think I have a bit of chance this week.

Angelo Que (Phi)

Playing on a course where you know very well is comforting. I haven’t done well in the last few years that we played here but I’ve been working with my coach for the past month and I really want this. Hopefully the golfing Gods will give it to me. I’ve worked hard for this week so hopefully everything will come my way.

It is a long course and the years that I’ve won here, I’ve hit the ball really good and putted well. The greens are really tricky and it is hard to hit it close. You don’t get many chances to hit it close to the hole but when you do, you have to take those chances and get your birdies.

Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines

I’m actually playing better compared to when I won on the Asian Tour. I’m more consistent now. I think it is not that I’m doing anything wrongly. The Asian Tour is getting stronger, the players are getting better. Even the old guys are still good and the young ones are hungry. All I need is a little bit more luck.

I’m pretty excited because the second kid is on the way. Having two kids is going to be fun. Now we are a family. Previously it was just the three of us but this second baby will really complete the family. We are looking forward to it.

Miguel Tabuena (Phi)

It won’t be an easy week because the top players from Asia are here. The course is very challenging as well so I will do my best. Hopefully my putts drop and that will give me a chance to be in contention.

You always have pressure when you are playing at home. You are expected to do well so I hope a Filipino will come out on top.

Frankie Minoza (Phi)

When you turn 54 years old, your chances of winning will get smaller and smaller! I’ll just go out and play and see what happens. There is pressure when you play at home because everybody is expecting us to win but that’s part of the game.

Berry Henson (Usa)

This is my first time playing at The Country Club. It is a great golf course. The designer is an American so there are a lot of American aspects on this golf course. It is very long and it is a bombers paradise so it fits my game. It will be very windy and the greens are tricky. Whoever bombs it the furthest and holes the most putts will win this week. I feel that I have a chance.

Jazz Janewattananond (Tha)

Berry Henson of US Berry Henson of US

My game is getting better. I put to use a new golf set at the SAIL-SBI Open in India two weeks ago and I’m slowly getting used to it. I’m feeling more comfortable with it now. My confidence is quite high at the moment so I’m looking forward to the week.

It was a hard lesson for me when I missed out on a spot for The Open Championship last week. It is a good thing that it happened early in my career. I’m not so disappointed about it now but I know how to handle the pressure when I’m in the same situation next time. I had one hand on the ticket so I was really down on myself but I keep telling myself to take it as an experience.

This is my first full year on the Asian Tour and I want to play in as many events as I can and hopefully win one event. This golf course is a bit long but I can handle it. It was super windy when I played because it was about to rain.

I need to be more patient and focussed on my game. I feel more comfortable and confident now when I play in an Asian Tour tournament.

Nicholas Fung (Mas)

I injured my right toe two weeks ago and it is still recovering. Even with this injury I was able to win a local event last week. Honestly, I think the injury has worked in my favour because I’m not using my leg too much during my swing and I’m able to hit the ball straighter!

I fell into a drain after eating ‘durian’! Overall, my game is getting better and better. My short game isn’t as sharp as I want it to be because I haven’t been practising due to my injury. I’m going to practice more on my short game more now.

Hopefully I can win one Asian Tour event and more local events. That’s my goal for this year which I hope to achieve.

It is good to be playing an Asian Tour event this week to prepare me for the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM. I’m really excited to play in the EurAsia Cup because I’m really in form at the moment.

David Lipsky (USA)

My game is feeling good. It has been solid for the last two weeks. I like the course and it is pretty wide open. You need to hit it hard out here. I like that and I’m looking forward to this week. I’m not sure if there will be a lot of low scores out there. The course is long and it will get demanding when the wind blows. I will be happy if I can keep my scores under-par for four days.

I was disappointed I didn’t qualify for The Open Championship but it was really my fault. I should have ended it before the play-off. I played pretty well in the whole tournament but didn’t make any putts. Nothing you can do about it.

I want to win again on the Asian Tour, that’s definitely one of my main goals this year. I didn’t play a full Schedule on the Asian Tour last year because I was playing in the United States. It was a bit of an adjustment when I came out to Asia again but my game feels good this year.