#TaiwanMasters-Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 01 Oct 2015

#TaiwanMasters-Rd 1 What They Said

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Taipei, October 1: Read what players have to say following the opening round of the US$650,000 Mercuries Taiwan Masters on Thursday.
Danny Chia (MAS) – First Round 67 (-5)
This is not my first time getting two eagles in a round but it is the first time I did it on this course. I am very pleased with how I played.
I have played a lot of times on this course and today’s playing condition has got to be one of the best so far. It was not as windy as it used to be before. I guess that was one of the main reason why I played well today. The good weather in the morning was a key factor. In the past, I always struggled with gauging of the wind directions but today was really an advantage for me because it wasn’t windy out there.
Majority of the par-fives today are downwind and that was an advantage to score as well. I hope I can keep up with this score for the next few rounds. I know the greens are really tacky on this course, having played so many times here. To be honest, I am not very confident every time I come and play here.
I will try and give myself a lot of birdie chances tomorrow. I can’t use my driver on a lot of holes so I have to be careful out there. I will try my best again and hopeful continue to stay up there tomorrow.
Rashid Khan of India Rashid Khan of India
Rashid Khan (Ind) – First Round 68 (-4)
It was an up and down round for me. I played pretty consistent, hit a few bad shots but I recovered nicely from there. I played superb on my back nine, which is the front nine. I almost made a hole-in-one on the par-three second hole. I hit an eight-iron to about six-inches short of the cup. I missed an up-and-down and bogeyed the next hole but I managed to recover strongly on the fifth. I hit it left and the ball went OB but I was lucky as I managed to find the ball inside the trees. I had a really tough shot there but I hit it 10 yards short of the green and chip in for birdie.
It was the turning point for me. I was just trying to make par on the fifth but I managed to birdie. That gave me a lot of confidence heading into the remaining of the round. I had back-to-back chip-ins on the sixth where I eagled. I hit a driver and a three-wood to just short of the green and made a good chip-in for eagle.
It wasn’t windy out there. The course is playing good. Conditions are good, especially after the typhoon earlier in the week. I will keep to the same things tomorrow. I know the course very well actually. I just had trouble reading the greens. I have been practicing a lot. The game’s feeling good right now and I’ve all ready to get into the remaining half of the season.
Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand
Phachara Khongwatmai (Tha) – First Round 69 (-3)
My putting was superb today. I had a total of 26 putts. I played in the morning and it was not so windy so it was an advantage. The wind was picking up heading into the last few holes. I think it’s going to be a lot tougher in the afternoon.
The greens are very hard I thought but I just kept my ball in play and focus shot by shot. My short game was good and I was able to score. I will try and keep doing the same tomorrow. I really want to play well here. I already won once on the Asian Development Tour and I hope I can play well on the Asian Tour too.
It’s my first time playing on this course, first time in Taiwan and also my first encounter with a typhoon! It’s been really nice to be here. I enjoyed myself here. I have heard a lot about the course from other experienced Thai players like Prom Meesawat and Chapchai Nirat. They have given me a lot of advices on how to tackle this course and they were really helpful.
I’ve been in Taiwan for a week already. I played the ADT event last week and will be staying on for another Asian Tour event in Taiwan next week. My mother is here with me. The weather was very hot out there but she walked the course with me. She has been very supportive. I am very happy with how I played.
Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh
Siddikur Rahman (Ban) – First Round 69 (-3)
It’s been a great day out there. I haven’t scored an eagle for a long while. I hit two shots onto the green with three-wood and five-wood respectively and holed a 10-footer putt. I had a very good up and down today as well. I had a very good chip-in birdie from 17 yards in the bunker on the 17th hole.
The green conditions are better than previous years. It’s really nice and the set-up is awesome. The wind started to pick up after three or four holes into the round and it was a bit challenging out there. I am very happy with how I played today. It’s been a while since I shot a three-under par and made so many up-and-downs.
I don’t have any expectations this week. I have been working on my game since after suffering from the back injury last year. It’s very encouraging to return with a good round today. I have no complaints.