#ThailandClassic: What they said

Wed 11 Feb 2015

#ThailandClassic: What they said

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Hua Hin, Thailand February 11: Here's what leading contenders have to say ahead of their title challenge at this week's True Thailand Classic presented by Black Mountain.
Thongchai Jaidee
I’ve been on the road for the past three weeks. While I’ve been playing consistently, I feel I haven’t hit top form yet.  This week’s tournament is a big one and I want to do my best and move up the world ranking. Thai players should do pretty well this week but a lot of it will come down to timing and opportunity. The course conditions are superb and the greens are very fast. I believe whoever putts well this week will win this tournament. There is no rough so it will come down to shot placement and the longer hitters will have the best chance. They’ll be able to reach all the par fives in two, so every par five is a good birdie opportunity.”
Anirban Lahiri
It’s a very exciting period for me right now. I’m playing well and one of the many goals that I’ve set for myself is to crack the top-50 and that win last week has made it possible. I had a big boost in my world rankings after Malaysia. But the next two weeks here and in India are going to be crucial for me to play well. It’ll seal up my place in the Masters and a host of other major events. I’ve got a lot to play for. Last week was great but these two weeks are equally important for me to keep the momentum going in the right direction.
Thomas Bjørn
Winning around the world is what makes you a truly global player and I would love to add Thailand to the list of countries where I have won. Every player wants to win every tournament they play in and I am no different. It would be great to get my name on the Thailand Classic trophy. We had some very successful tournaments in Thailand in the past, and Thailand was a big part of when we extended the Tour outside Europe, so it’s great to be back here. It’s an interesting golf course in the sense that you feel as if there are a lot of opportunities out there. But it has the most interesting set of greens I’ve seen for a while – very fast and tricky. The scoring will be good, but you will have to play a lot with your brain; you can’t be too aggressive because you’ll leave yourself some horrendous putts.”
Johan Edfors
Black Mountain has been my winter home for the last six years now, so it’s great to have a European Tour event here. We’ve had a few Asian Tour events and a Royal Trophy, so it’s going to be great to show the place to the European Tour guys as well. It’s been a couple of rough years, mainly off the course, and I’ve had a few injuries as well so I had a long break. I played some Challenge Tour events towards the end of last year and started playing a bit better, and managed to win one (Shankai Classic presented by IDG) so I’ve got some kind of status this year at least. Hopefully I can get the game back on track.”