#ThailandClassic: What they said

Tue 08 Mar 2016

#ThailandClassic: What they said

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Jazz Janewattananond (Tha)
This week is great as I get to sleep on my own bed and it’s one minute from my condo on the golf course to the first tee. It’s going to be a different feeling than traveling around like we usually do on Tour.
Black Mountain suits the long hitters as there isn’t much rough out there but you can still win a tournament by putting really good.  It’s good to be back here as my parents and friends get to watch me play. My main sponsor is also Black Mountain and they can watch me play on their own golf course, so it’ll be a good week for everyone.
Winning the tournament will be the perfect moment, it would be the perfect thing to do. It’s hard to imagine what it would be like if I can pull off a win at home and I’ll try my best.
Normally, it’s either my putting which is bad that week or my chipping which is bad that week. If I can put it all together, I know I will have a chance.
Prom Meesawat of Thailand Prom Meesawat of Thailand
Prom Meesawat (Tha)
This is my home town, so it’s good to play a tournament here. I always enjoy playing in my home town and this is also my home course. My fans and family will be out to support me which is going to be nice.
It’s good to have big events in Thailand like they do in Malaysia, India and Singapore. It’s the second time that we will have the True Thailand Classic and it’s a good opportunity for young players to have a good week and get onto next level. It’s a good chance for young players and also for the players like myself to try to win this week.
We’ve played on this golf course many times now on the Asian Tour. We know the course well but week by week, you need to have a good feel, play well and knock in a few putts to win. That’s how the game is. One good week and you can win the tournament.
Although this is my home course it doesn’t mean it’s an advantage to me as it’s good for the long hitters. But I’m always playing okay here.
Being a father now, it changes things. Every week, when I’m travelling for a tournament, I always Facetime with my wife to see my daughter’s face and I want to go back home as fast as possible after a tournament to see her. I feel very relaxed now being a father as that bring me happiness. Things have changed for sure in my life.
Playing at home, there’s not too much pressure during the early rounds but if you get into the leaders’ groups, then it becomes interesting. You have to control yourself when you’re on the course. When fans follow you, and when they are golfers too, you tend to hear them make comments like “why did he hit that shot and so and so.’ So I always try to shut myself out from that.
My father also comes out to watch every time I play in Hua Hin. An I’ll tell you the truth … when I was young, I never liked him to come out following me and I would play bad and I would get angry when I see him on the course.
Now, it’s the opposite. I love to see him on the golf course when I play. But I don’t want him to make any comments about me playing while he’s watching. At last year’s tournament, I could hear him say something during my round and I complained to my sister to tell him to stop making comments!
If he makes a comment after my round, then it’ll be fine. I feel bad sometimes as he’s following me and I know he wants to play the shots himself since he’s a golfer. But it’s me who’s playing now.
If I can pull off a win this week, it will mean a lot as it’ll be my first European Tour co-sanctioned victory and it’s at home town and home course. A lot of good things will happen.
Richard T Lee of Canada Richard T Lee of Canada
Richard T. Lee (Can)
It’s good to be back here for the True Thailand Classic. I played really well in the tournament last year and was in contention throughout the week before finishing tied fourth which set me up for a good season where I finished seventh on the Order of Merit.
I find myself very comfortable playing at Black Mountain and you can really have a go at the golf course and be aggressive. Of course there is some danger around and you’ve got to keep the bogeys off the card.
I’ve had a decent start to the season and played well in Perth where finished tied 22nd and I also played well in the Singapore Open finishing top-15. The game is feeling alright and it’s always going to be a case of trying to hole some putts when there are opportunities.
Jeunghun Wang (Kor)
I’m looking forward to playing well this week. After missing the cut in Malaysia which was disappointing, I was happy to bounce back to play well in Perth where I finished tied 29th. It was good to get a strong performance back in as I started really well in the season with top-10s in Singapore and Myanmar and I also played decent in the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia.
Of course my goal is to win my first Asian Tour tournament but this is something which I cannot force to happen. I will continue to play my best golf and try to stay patient and put myself in position more often to win a golf tournament.
I think my confidence has grown especially after playing in the EurAsia Cup. It was a good week although Team Asia lost. The opportunity to play against top players was good as I could see that they were not any different that we are. It’s just a matter of holing putts when you need to. That’s something which I’m focussing on this week at the Thailand Classic.
I had a good week here last season where I finished top-15 and I like the golf course which is in very good condition. The greens are rolling really nicely and hopefully I’ll be able to pick a few good lines and get the birdies on the card.