#ThaiGolfChamps-Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 11 Dec 2015

#ThaiGolfChamps-Rd 2 What They Said

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Chonburi, Thailand, December 11: Read what players have to say following the second round of the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship on Friday.
Jamie Donaldson (Wal) – Second round 68 (-4), Total 131 (-13)
It can be tough out there. It’s important to get off to a good start. You need to keep the momentum going and I managed to do that today. It was a great temperature at the start of the day but it got really hot on my back nine which is the front nine as I started from 10th. It was a case of trying to stay hydrated and not sweat too much on the ball.
I just got to keep playing like I’ve played. I’ve played well for the first two days. I dropped a couple of shots out there today but I just got to keep doing what I’ve been doing. Overall, I’ve been playing nicely.
Martin Kaymer (Ger) – Second round 65 (-7), Total 133 (-11)
They say you get a nicer weather playing in the morning but that was not really the case. It was like a sauna out there. It was really warm but the good thing is that the ball actually goes a bit further. You feel it goes further that how it did yesterday. I played really well. I think a seven-under-par is a really good score.
There wasn’t really any highlight for me today. I just hit good iron shots towards the greens and gave myself a lot of good chances for birdies. I didn’t miss many putts. Overall, it was even better than yesterday. I just need to stay where I am heading into the weekends. I am hitting a lot of fairways and I think it’s really important.
I missed a fairway on 14th where I dropped my first shot of the week. I hit it into the rough. You need a little bit of luck to get a good lie. Driving will be the key to score well this week.
Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng) – Second round 67 (-5), Total 135 (-9)
It’s been good so far, a good weekend and I hope I can keep things going. If you miss the fairways here the rough is quick thick so at the moment the plan has been to not miss any fairways and give myself a chance into the greens – and it’s been working.
It was very warm today. I got a laxidasical start on the first nine and then had to have a think and get refocused after that. Three birdies in the last five were a good way to finish, as was the five-under.
The plan has been working and has got me to nine under so far. A four-under, five-under weekend would hopefully not leave me too far away.
Consistency has been the key this year. I’ve been trying to do all the right things this year and with the right team around me it’s working. So I’ll just keep on doing that.
Sergio Garcia (Esp) – Second round 69 (-3), Total 135 (-9)
I thought I played pretty decent. I just left a couple of shots here and there. I felt like I was really struggling with the heat on the back nine. I gave myself some decent chances on a few holes and although I didn’t managed to make any of them, I think I finished alright.
I felt a pinch on the knee on the first hole but it went away shortly after. It was one of those spontaneous kind of thing but its fine now.
I had a good start to the week and I thought shooting nine-under for the first two rounds is pretty good. Obviously still a little bit behind the leaders but I will try my best to cap a good weekend and hopefully contend again like how I did in Vietnam last week.
Chinnarat Phadungsil (Tha) – Second round 69 (-3), Total 135 (-9)
I thought I played as good as I did yesterday. I made a couple of mistakes coming back but it’s ok. I putted well and I hit a couple of good shots out there so overall, I am happy with how I played and where I stand at the moment.
I didn’t have any practice rounds this week so I am happy to be in the mix heading into the last two rounds. I don’t want to give myself too much pressure. I just want to enjoy the game. I secured my Japan Golf Tour card through the qualifying school before coming back on Wednesday and that really gave me a boost in confidence.
I am just riding on my good form this week. Hopefully I can continue to do well over the next two days. I just want to play my own game and with a clear mind. I have never play in The Open before so I really hope I can be one of the four players to qualify this week. I will try my best but there won’t be any pressure.
I think I should have a good chance if I can play like how I did for the first two rounds.
Panuphol Pittayarat (Tha) – Second round 66 (-6), Total 136 (-8)
I played very well today. I shot a solid 66. I had a bit of on and off on the first half of my second nine but finished it off with three straight birdies coming back. I’m very happy with how I played. I’m used to playing under such hot weather but today is just really humid. I had to put some ice in the towel and cool myself down a bit. My body’s hot and my heart’s beating so hard. I tried to keep my tempo and rhythm in play.
My putting was great today. I hit a lot of good shots, missed a bit but overall, everything just sank in today. It’s always a golfer’s dream to play in a Major, especially The Open which is the oldest Major in the world. I would be jumping around if I can get one of the spots available! I would be really happy.
The game’s pretty good. I’ve been playing consistently, missing one cut in seven starts. I’ve been playing well recently. I will try to keep it the way it is and try to make something happen.
Lee Westwood (Eng) – Second round 68 (-4), Total 139 (-5)
I started from the 10th and got off to a great start with an eagle on 11th. I had a good drive down the left to about 280 yards and then a four-iron to about 20 feet past the pin before putting in for eagle. I followed that up with a couple of bogeys unfortunately but all in all, I think I’ve played pretty well these two days.
I’ve driven the ball really well. There are a couple of new tees this year and I like the trap coming out of the 15th fairway, which is something different from last year. It’s one of the best courses you play in Asia, for sure.
I just don’t want to waste as many putts as I have been wasting. I’ve been trying to turn my game around for the past few weeks. I just couldn’t be scoring any worse. I need to stay patient and not drop too many stupid shots out there. You just got to make sensible putts out there as the pin positions are tough.
From three-under to five-under, I think I still have a chance for a weekend charge up the leaderboard.
Jin Cheng (A) (Chn) – Second round 68 (-4), Total 140 (-4)
I’m happy with my round today and with how I am hitting the ball. The conditions were very tough as it was hot and there was not much wind. It’s a hard course in parts and you have to keep straight.
I was disappointed with how I finished yesterday so thought a lot about that last night. I had problems at the end of my front nine but got my head down and was happy with how I finished today.
Five-under is a good score and I am happy that I am going into the weekend and I’ll continue to work hard and see where it gets me. I get a lot of rest tonight because today was tough. So hopefully I’ll be fresh in the morning and can keep getting better.
Bubba Watson (Usa) – Second round 70 (-2), Total 141 (-3)
If you go back even to the year I finished second, I just played really good on the Sunday. The golf course for me is very difficult. I haven’t been able to get the get the breaks or get the speed right on the greens. Also with this rough – this is US Open type rough and I don’t hit many fairways. When you look at that for me on paper it doesn’t set up well.
The chip in was special. I thought I hid a good shot off the tee but if it goes in the water, I might miss the cut. It stayed up and I chipped in so there were two good points made there.
To win is doable with two low scores. But I’ve got to play really good and I’ve got to hope they don’t make too many more birdies.