Solaire Open: What they said

Tue 09 Apr 2013

Solaire Open: What they said

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Angelo Que (Phi)
I played in four Asian Tour events and made three cuts. I started well when I finished fourth in Myanmar. I slowed down after that. I missed the cut in Chiangmai two weeks ago but I think I was mentally tired there. It was my third straight event.
So far my game is getting better every year and week. I’m working on my putting more. That’s always been my weakness. I’m sort of finding my groove after with my new driver which I changed this year.
It is nice to play at home. I sleep in my own ‘hotel’ which is my house. My family is here. I get to see them every night. I think it is the greatest feeling.
I think I need a lot of luck to get my fourth win. I think anybody that wins need it. You also need every aspect of your game to click.
When I won my third title, I went through some changes (went for yoga and abstained from meat). It could have been coincidence but I think it helps. In this line of work, in this game, anything can work just as long as you believe in it. If you don’t then why even bother trying? For me, I just go with the flow. I don’t really think too much of anything.
So far I’m getting there with my new equipment. It is still early in the year. Every time you change equipment it is always like that. I was with Callaway for six or seven years and now I’m with Bridgestone.
I’ve been playing here since I was 10 years old. The course hasn’t change much except for some holes where they lengthened it. The greens are better and I know it well. I’m more experienced now so I think that will help.
In a year we play 20 or 26 tournaments a year. I think one reason why I don’t exert so much effort in the driving range is because I’m not young anymore. I’ve always believed in quality and not quantity practice. I don’t spend that much time at the range. I only spend time at the range when I’m working on something. If I don’t have anything to work on then I just chip and putt (20 or 30 minutes) before I play. That’s how it has always been.
Ever since as a kid I’ve been doing that. In the Philippines back then, a lot of courses didn’t have driving ranges. It has been a routine since I was a kid so I didn’t want to change anything.
Unho Park (Aus)
It’s great to have a new event on Tour. It’s not a new venue. We’ve played here for a couple of times over the years. I’ve been struggling with my golf game lately but I’ve had a bit of off time and rested for a bit. I just hope to make it up there somewhere during the week. I’m continually working hard on my game and trying to improve every week.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
It’s a new event on the Asian Tour. I think it’s really good for the players as well as for the Asian Tour. I hope this tournament will go on for a long time. I played in a local event about a few weeks ago and I won. That really boosted my confidence and I hope to bring my good form to the Asian Tour on Sunday.
Being in contention last year, I’ve learnt to manage my nervousness better. I’ve been wanting to win on home soil. You’ve to hit the fairways and greens to have a good score here.
This is slightly different because there are more expectations when you play at home. Your family come out and watch as well. It is nice to have your family around. Hopefully I can play well in front of them.
Hopefully some of my fans come out as well! I’ve tweeted about this week’s event so I’m looking forward to seeing some of them at the course.
I brought a couple of Asian Tour staff for dinner on Monday and it was good! We got to bond and I know them a bit better. My mum told them that she cooked but actually she didn’t (laughs).
It is nice being a host rather than just playing in an event. It is a new experience for me. We don’t get many events in the Philippines. It is nice because you don’t have to wait for the bus and stuff like that. It is a more relaxing week.
I know my priorities for this week which is to concentrate and get in position on Sunday. I have a week off next week so that’s when I see my friends.
Choo Tze Huang (Sin)
I’m not really happy with how I’ve been playing. I’ve been struggling a little bit. It is a bit of a rookie thing because I’m coming out on Tour for the first time. I made only one cut in Myanmar. I had a good start there and struggled a bit in India and did pretty well in Chiangmai but missed by one. My game is getting better but I need to work on my mental side and try to go out there and play golf instead of worrying so much.
I’ve been thinking a lot about keeping my Tour card and trying to do well. I’m putting too much pressure on myself and expecting a bit too much. I think I need to believe in myself and hopefully things go well.
I last played here (Wack Wack Golf and Country Club) about 10 years ago as a junior. I played a lot of junior golf here. I have good memories here and won a couple of junior events. It is a tough and tricky course. Hopefully it will be a good week.
There was one victory when I played against Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand). We were playing for the overall title and it was one of those good memories that I have here. The scores weren’t good back then because this course is tough for juniors but I caught Kiradech by a few shots and won. I was about 13 or 14 years old so it was a very long time ago!
Lam’s (Chih Bing) result was good last week. He struggled last year and he is starting to play good golf again. I was watching him on television on the last couple of days and he was playing really well. It was unfortunate what happened on the third day but I think he still played great golf and it will be a good boost in confidence for him. I think he will be back to his best this year.
I haven’t had the time to talk to him but when I do, I will definitely give him a pat on the back.
Antonio Lascuna (Phi)
I needed to rest my body last week. I feel good now. Last year was a really good year for me and it all comes down to practice. I still hit at least 500 golf balls a day and play five times of golf a week. I think if I can get off to two good rounds, I can win this event.