#ThaiGolfChamps-Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 10 Dec 2015

#ThaiGolfChamps-Rd 1 What They Said

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Chonburi, Thailand, December 10: Read what players have to say following the opening round of the Thailand Golf Championship on Thursday.
Jamie Donaldson (Wal) – First round 63 (-9)
I played really good all day. I never really missed any fairways. Position is going to be difficult to get out of but the good par save on nine was the key to keep the momentum going after pushing the tee shot a little bit. I got up and down there from about 20 feet. Overall, I’m happy with my score. I couldn’t really do things wrong today. I just need to continue this form for the next few days. I will just try to keep playing well and not concentrate on things that are out of my control or ahead of me. I just want to stay in the present as they say and take it one day at a time.
This is my debut appearance in this event and it has been great so far. The course is in a great shape. I played in the pro-am yesterday and thought it’s going to be a good test of golf. To shoot 63 the next day is just great. It’s a great place and lots of fun to be had. The weather’s perfect. You got to stay hydrated and just enjoy yourself.
Chanat Sakulpolphaisan (Tha) – First round 66 (-6)
PM-DayOne- 128I hit my driver really good. I missed only one fairway and I think two greens today. I putted good and made a lot of birdies out there. The longest putt today was on par-three 13th where I sank a 30-footer.
This is my first time playing in the Thailand Golf Championship. It’s probably the biggest event that I’ve played since turning professional last June. I secured a spot after winning in a play-off at the Qualifier on Monday. I was really excited to play in this tournament and very happy with my score today. Hopefully I can continue to do well tomorrow.
It’s good to see a lot of good players out there and it’s great to compete against them. Playing on the Asian Development Tour this year has helped me a lot in my game. It is a platform for me to hone my skills and it improves my mental game. Winning on the ADT last month has given me a huge boost of confidence in my game.
I was studying in the United States at the Mississippi State University before coming back home last year. I have played some mini Tours when I was there.
Chinnarat Phadungsil (Tha) – First round 66 (-6)
I hit the ball really good. I didn’t have any practice round. I just returned from the Japan Golf Tour Q-School yesterday. My tee shots and approach shots were solid. Putting was alright. I had four birdies in a row to turn in 32 and built on that momentum to sink three straight birdies after the turn.
I recovered swiftly with a birdie after the double-bogey on 15. It’s ok. Overall, I am still glad with how I played today.
Sergio Garcia (Esp) – First round 66 (-6)
Sergio Garcia of Spain Sergio Garcia of Spain
Definitely happy. It was wonderful back nine. I felt like I played well on the front nine. There were a couple of shots that I hit well – like on six – that took a back turn. The same sort of thing happened on eight. The ball was going far so it was difficult to guess some of the iron shots but, yeah, in the end overall obviously I am very happy with shooting five under on the back nine.
On one like that you hit it more or less towards where you think the hole is and you’re hoping to two putt and maybe if you’re lucky just find the hole – and it did. It was just one of those things. It was definitely a bonus. But overall I am feeling good. It hit some very good shots throughout the day and I feel like I’m in a good position going into the next day.
Natipong Srithong (Tha) – First round 67 (-5)
I play well today. I putted really good. My iron shots were great as well. I hit it close to the pin on quite a few holes. I just stick to my strategy out there. I am happy with how I played today.
Winning in the Philippines has given me a lot of confidence in my game. There is no wind today and it is easy to control the ball but the rough is difficult. This is my third time playing this event and first time as a professional. I will try my best to finish well this week and try to earn a spot in The Open next year.
Martin Kaymer (Ger) – First round 68 (-4)
It was a tough day as it was very hot but I played really solid. Didn’t make any bogeys and hit a lot of fairways, especially on the back nine. My putting was good and the only fairway I missed was on 16 but I had a good save there for par. So overall four under par is a very good start.
“Last year I just missed out on the play-off by one shot with Westwood. So Lee and me we talk about it a little bit today and that was one reason for me to come back. I enjoy the golf course and I fancy my chances and I started off ok today.
Yusaku Miyazato (Jpn) – First round 68 (-4)
My ball striking was very good today. It is a great tournament with a fantastic group of players. The course is fantastic too. The greens are in good condition and I really like how it's set up.
My tee shots were solid today, and it was vital in making a steady start. I struggled controlling my shots in early parts, but my irons were in good form as well as my putting. I gradually got to grips going into the back nine, and was able to play with more composure.
From being in a cold place(Japan) to coming here, it's difficult to adjust physically, but the way I deliberately loosened up a little bit worked out very well.
My putting was also really good. There's not much roll on the greens so I was able to attack the pins today. I've played here a couple of times in the past so I know what I have to do. The tee shots are very important.
The hole locations are tricky, and it's about whether you have the courage to go for it.
3 more days to go, but it's a good start. I'll just try to continue playing how I did today, by concentrating on keeping the fairways and hitting the greens.
Sam Cyr (Usa) – First round 69 (-3)
Sam Cyr of USA Sam Cyr of USA
I drove the ball super good and my putting was solid today. I hit my irons very well too. I actually did everything pretty well and I managed my game really well. I only made one hiccup on the 10th after an aiming error or rather a mental error and made a bogey. I was kind of rushing into my game there but I managed to recover after that.
Otherwise, I was able to get up and down when I needed to. The greens are a little faster today. Conditions were great. The course is in perfect shape although the roughs have thickened. It wasn’t very windy for us for the first few holes which was good.
Finishing top-10 last week was really a great boost of confidence for me. I played really well and I hope to continue my good form into the rest of the week as well. I need to keep it going as I want to finish inside top-63 on the Order of Merit to secure my card for next season. I still have two more events to go so I still have a chance.
Panuphol Pittayarat (Tha) – First round 70 (-2)
I was really grinding out there. The rough is really thick this week. The greens were a bit slow this morning but I thought I putted well today. I kept the ball in play and keep grinding out there. I’m happy with my score today. I made a very good par on the last (18th). I drove it into the rough but made an up and down from 70 yards for par.
It wasn’t windy in the morning but you really got to keep the ball in play. You have to keep the ball in play and keep hitting onto the fairways. I made a good bunk shot from 60 yards on the second for my first birdie of the day and that gave me some good momentum ahead into the round.
Bubba Watson (Usa) – First round 71 (-1)
PM-DayOne- 065I didn’t have any green speeds down. I wasn’t thinking about what I needed to be thinking about. I wasn’t trusting the club that I have in hand. I drove it onto a divot on 10th and it was just a couple of bad breaks on some holes. I just wasn’t able to hole my putts today. I left a lot of putts short.
I didn’t know I birdied all the par-fives today! My tee shots were good. It was a couple of nine-irons off the tee. I changed my putter last week. We just took away the line. I’m not looking at the line now. It makes it more athletic putting. It suits my game. Hopefully it works.
Making putts will be the biggest challenge for me this week. The jet lags don’t affect me much. We are all young enough and we are all athletes. We are used to it. Putting is always the key for me, not the miles I’ve travelled or how tired I am.
Danthai Boonma (Tha) – First round 71 (-1)
Danthai Boonma of Thailand Danthai Boonma of Thailand
It wasn’t a good finish. I bogeyed my last hole which is the ninth but I thought I played pretty good today, given the tough conditions. My front nine (from the 10th) was good. I managed to turn in one-under despite hitting it into the rough on 16th and bogeyed that hole.
Overall, I think I putted very well today. Miyazato played really good. He putted very well and his approach shots were superb. It was nice to see.
The course is in a good condition and the greens are nice. But the roughs just made it really tough there. Having said that, I think it was an advantage for me playing in the morning as there wasn’t too much wind. I’m happy with my score today and looking forward to play better tomorrow.
Shingo Katayama (Jpn) – First round 70 (-1)
I'm struggling to cope with the heat, but my golf has been pretty good. I know the course well and I don't see many changes from last year. I think I'm doing well in the way I've been controlling my body.  It's been a good start.