Solaire Open: What they said

Wed 10 Apr 2013

Solaire Open: What they said

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Juvic Pagunsan (Phi)
I think we are all happy with this new event on the Asian Tour and in the Philippines. I have to thank Mr. Enrique Razon (Chairman/President of Bloomberry Resorts Corporation and Chairman and CEO of the International Container Terminal Services, Inc (ICTSI) for giving us this tournament. This new tournament is big not only for me but for all of us.
Yes, this is my first time to see my picture on the poster. I’m so happy. The par three eighth hole is very hard. It is a ‘monster’ hole for me. I think everybody will find it tough when they reach that hole. The greens are elevated and if you miss it, your ball might roll down the slope.
Honestly, I don’t know this golf course as well as the other Filipino players. So I don’t think I have an advantage here.
My wife (Lan) is fine but she is due to give birth to our second child sometime this week or next. It is a bit of a pressure for me because I’m worried for her. She doesn’t have a driver so I’ll have to fetch her to the doctor when the time comes.
My daughter knows how to contact me and she will do the necessary when the time comes. It isn’t easy. I had to come early for a practice round today (Wednesday), play nine holes and return home to take care of my wife.
We haven’t thought of a name yet. My wife and daughter will choose. Maybe it will be Juvic Junior (laughs). I’ll leave it to them to choose.
I’ll try my best to win. I’m hitting the ball good so I’ll try my best this week. I need ‘luck’ to win. I’ve come close on so many occasions but I just need that stroke of luck to win again.
Mardan Mamat (Sin)
Most of my victories came on old courses and this is one of the courses which I like to play on. You need to have good course management. It is not all about power here. You need to know where you have to place the ball and not just hit it strong off the tees. That’s why I like playing here.
It is more fun when you can shape the ball instead of just hitting it long. Hitting long balls is the key for most of the players but I like to make shots and think about what shots to hit. It is not always about hitting hard.
Mardan Mamat of Singapore Mardan Mamat of Singapore
If you finish four days with a par on the eighth hole, you probably have a good chance to win the tournament. That’s the key hole to move yourself in contention. It is a tough hole. If the tee box is placed behind then it will be even more difficult.
The eighth hole is one of the toughest par three on the Asian Tour. I think you need to respect some of the holes here. This is a planning course. You have to put your ball in the right position.
Scott Barr (Aus)
The Wack Wack golf course is a challenge, as always. The greens have undulations and the fairways are narrow. It’s a very strategic course. You’ve got to do your own planning to complete the course. It’s not a course that I’ve done great over the years but I’ve been refining my game plans a lot.
Hopefully I can do a lot better this year. I think there are two ways you can play on this course. You can either be aggressive or conservative. Over the years, I think I’m starting to take on the more conservative way now. Hopefully that will pay a little bit of dividends!
I’ve been playing consistent this year though I’m not breaking any records. I’m happy that I’m putting a lot better too. I’ll just need to pull through four days of really good golf together. I’m looking forward to see improvements in my game.
I took a week off last week to spend some time with my family. It’s really good to see my young son and my wife after being on the road for four consecutive weeks. I spent quality time at home last week, caught up with my friends and launched some business ideas with them which were pretty good.
You will probably be cooking a good steak with one of my products next time! (laughs)
My Facebook page and website have been running well. I’m trying to update everything I can and keep myself on top of things even though I’ve been busy. Although it’s a little time-consuming, I guess it’s good to keep my fans updated with how I’m doing. Some weeks I get good stories but some weeks I don’t. After all, it’s just a bit of fun.
Having seen Australians winning twice in a row is really a huge motivation for me. It’s good to see Australians playing well again on the tour. I’ll be pretty happy if I can hold the trophy this week!
Hu Mu (Chn)
I feel good coming back to this course. I’m familiar with the course since I played here last year. Staying in the same hotel, playing on the same golf course, it’s really nice coming back to play here. I like the food here too. The course is really difficult. It seems to be catered for golfers who can drive the ball really well. Having played in a couple of Asian Tour events this year, I’ve learnt to take my time when I’m out on the course. Every single day of the tournament is important. I’ve learnt to take one step at a time, play hole by hole and not be too impatient. I hope to finish in top 10 for this week. I’m been finishing in top ten for the last couple of weeks. My score was 1-over last year and my position was already tied 7th. This year, I hope I can get an even or under. I’ll try my best this week. You have to have a  good strategy in order to play well on this course. It’s a very tricky and challenging course. You have to start the ball well and try to his as many greens as possible. Hitting the greens on this course is not easy and probably the toughest I’ve seen so far. You just have to try and not make so many mistakes.