#Taiwan_Masters preview What They Said

Wed 28 Sep 2016

#Taiwan_Masters preview What They Said

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Danny Chia (Mas)
I’m happy to see my face on the bus and even in some convenient stores (laughs). It feels good to come back to Chinese Taipei and defend this title. It seems that the Typhoon is following me as well! It was the same case last year when the practice round was also cancelled.
My game is a bit up and down at the moment. I’ve been working with my coach but the game hasn’t clicked yet. I’ve been hitting a lot of loose shots on the course and I’m not holing as many putts.
We always try to improve so even though I was playing quite well early in the year, I’m always finding ways to get better. And when you make changes, your game tends to go down for a while. I’m sure I’ll get back on track soon.
I feel good playing on this course. It is a shot-making golf course and not a power over control type of course. I think it is an advantage for me because I don’t hit it as long as I use to. I’m more in the ball control category now.
The last three holes were nerve-wracking for me (on last year’s victory). I had a few four or five footer putts to hole and the intensity was tremendous. I never felt that much of tension or pressure on my shoulders before!
I always want to play my best golf regardless of the qualifying dates for CIMB Classic or WGC-HSBC Champions. If I play my best golf, things will come automatically without me having to worry about it. That’s always my philosophy. Approaching the last few events before qualifying, I still have the same mentality.
Chan Shih-chang (Tpe)
My family and I are very happy but this week I’m a bit worried because my score here in the past has been so-so. I will try my best to get a good score again here. You need to hit good drives this week. You must get the ball on the fairways.
I’m very confident with my game so that’s a huge positive for me.
Honestly, I don’t want to think about my chances of winning again. I would like to focus on my own game and on my swing. I don’t want to think too much. I just want to play and treat this like another tournament.
Mentally, I’m very strong and my putting is better as compared to last year. My putter is on fire at the moment so I hope I can continue. It is a good time to be in top form. There are a lot of big events coming up so it will be nice to carry on the momentum.
If you told me earlier in the year that I would win two Asian Tour events in 2016, I would say ‘why not’? I’m very confident and happy with how I’ve been playing.
Rashid Khan (Ind)
I fell yesterday in front of the hotel and hurt my wrist. It hurt yesterday but it is feeling way better now. However, now I have a fever and my whole body is aching.
It is disappointing because every time I start to play well, I seem to injure myself. When Queen’s Cup was about to happen I had a motorcycle accident. Now I have a fever and a wrist injury. I think my wrist is feeling okay but I’m worried about my fever. That’s my main concern now.
I’m putting a lot of ice on my wrist and it is way better now. If you are not fit, you can’t play in all the big Asian Tour events that are coming up. I’m not going to play in the pro-am today. I’m going back to rest and hopefully recover.
I like playing on grainy greens and I finished tied third last year. I’m just hoping that I recover and I can come back and play in the first round.