The Championship: Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 02 May 2014

The Championship: Rd 2 What They Said

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Singapore, May 2: Read what players have to say after the second round of The Championship at Laguna National on Friday.
PANUPHOL PITTAYARAT (THA) – SECOND ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 131 (-13)
The weather is really hot today. The two birdies in my last three holes were nice to end off my round. That cools me up a bit. It was an opportunity for me on the last hole. I gave myself chances. I really want to make that long putt to take the outright lead. I am happy I did it. My tee shots were on the fairways. I gave myself chances to put the ball closer to the hole. It was a little breezy today and it kind of made things tougher than yesterday but I managed to finish high.
It’s nice to be putting myself in a good position heading into the last two rounds. I rather stay up there than to be chasing the lead actually. I just want to grab my chance and not let it go. I am very happy with myself at the moment.
SCOTT HEND (AUS) – SECOND ROUND 65 (-7), TOTAL 132 (-12)
No, I don’t think it is easy out there. The weather’s so hot! It’s hard to keep your composure in such hot playing conditions. I am used to this kind of weather but it still comes to a point where your body just cannot take it and it makes you lose concentration. You just need to drink lots of water and keep yourself hydrated out there.
I’m managing well so far. Two more rounds to go and we will see what happens. I think I am just lucky. I always drive the ball as hard as I can since I took up golf. I think I am just lucky to have the right muscle-make up and flexibility. Driving distance is the key to play well on this course. I am happy to have played well today.
After yesterday, I am guessing the winning score will be around -24 to -28. Obviously it depends on the weather as well. I have to keep pushing on. There is no stopping for me. You can’t stop. There are too many good players out there.
DAVID LIPSKY (USA) – SECOND ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 132 (-12)
I was good out there today. I didn’t hit the ball as well as I did yesterday but I think I scrambled well. I kept myself in it on the last hole. I am really looking forward to the weekend rounds. It was windy this afternoon and it was definitely tougher as compared to yesterday. The pins were more on slopes and it was harder to hole putts. It was tougher this afternoon. I am sure the guys who played in the morning enjoyed the less windy conditions and soft conditions of the greens. I’m happy to be in a good position right now. I just want to keep doing what I am doing and try to hole more putts tomorrow.
FELIPE AGUILAR (CHI) – SECOND ROUND 67 (-5), TOTAL 132 (-12)
I finished off with three birdies but it was a really cold start today. It took me a while to get the rhytym going and I had a couple of birdies and couple of bogeys. Overall though it was a very good round and the last couple of holes I hit it stiff. I hit it close on 16, made a very good putt on the 17th and then hit the pin on the 18th hole, so I’m very happy.
This is the third week in Asia and you get used to the heat. The first week is the worst. Now the body gets used to it. You drink more water and the body gets used to sweating and having a sticky throat.
Having a bad wrist (like Hansen too) must mean you play well. My wrist is doing really good. It doesn’t bother me much, but I still have pain. It will be there for the next four or five months according to the doctor. I’m actually doing mountain biking even more now. I sold my bike that day, but then I bought another one. When I play golf I really look forward to riding a bike, and when I ride a bike I look forward to playing golf, so they complement each other pretty well. It’s my hobby. Everything you do is dangerous so you have to be careful, but I think I’m playing good golf because I’m happy and so the mountain biking helps.
When you chase the lead you have nothing to lose. We’ll see what happens this afternoon. I don’t think 12 under will lead but it will be close. Tomorrow the tournament starts on moving day. You need to stay cool and patient here. This is a course that can east you up but on the other side it gives you chances, so it will be a fun weekend.
I’m really happ so far though. If someone had offered me this score before the start of play I wouldn have take it. It’s a good start. I don’t have to go that deep on the weekend because I think the course will play a bit different and the fact that everyone wants to win will hurt some people. About eight or ten under will probably do it over the weekend.
RAHIL GANGJEE (IND) – SECOND ROUND 67 (-5), TOTAL 133 (-11)
My putting was very good today. I didn’t hit it as well as I did in the last couple of weeks. The greens are really good here and I’ve been putting well for the last two rounds, especially today. I made a lot of long putts and I started to get the birdies going. The confidence came back and I hit the ball better. I had a few bad drives on holes 16 and 17 which resulted in a double-bogey and bogey respectively. However, I managed to recover with birdies on the next two holes after that. It was a good comeback.
I would say the course is rather easy because the greens are in good condition. It was easy to read the lines and the speeds are good. I will keep myself hydrated for tomorrow and have a good rest tonight so I can get my energy up for the next two rounds.
ANDERS HANSEN (DEN) – SECOND ROUND 66 (-6), TOTAL 133 (-11)
I three putted the ninth green as well yesterday, it happens. It is just one of those things. Overall I’ve been putting very nicely the last couple of days and I played nicely too.
It’s always hard coming back after an injury. I’ve never had six months off before so I didn’t know what to expect. It was tough the first four rounds I played, the first two in Malaysia and the first two in China, but then last week something kicked in and it has carried on this week.
You’ve got to make birdies over the weekend. Normally when you come here the rough is up and we are placing the ball on the fairways, so you get good lies. The greens take the ball and they are really nice, the ball rolls beautifully, so we don’t have much to complain about and you can make some birdies.
I’m really pleased with how I played. Last week was really good for me. Being away for six months wasn’t great but the last two weeks I’ve played well and my putting has been better, except for that last hole.
I’m pleased to get back playing so well so quickly. I’m hitting the ball well and I’m hitting it close and making some easy birdies and giving myself a lot of chances.
You’ve got to make some putts over the weekend. I’ve putted well for two days now and I need to keep it up over the weekend.
ARNOND VONGVANIJ (THA) – SECOND ROUND 69 (-3), TOTAL 134 (-10)
I’m feeling much better than last week for sure. I was sick last week and I just recovered in time for this event. The main difference between yesterday and today is yesterday I hit my irons really well and a few putts dropped. Today, I played steady and gave myself chances. The pin positions were a little tougher today. If the greens firm up a little bit it will be very difficult. Right now, the greens are kind of soft and you can attack them. But if you do make a mistake, you would be penalised badly. I’m comfortable with the way I’m hitting and putting the ball and I’ll try to keep doing what I’ve been doing.
TOMMY FLEETWOOD (ENG) – SECOND ROUND 67 (-5), TOTAL 135 (-9)
It was a bit more of a struggle this morning. I really struggled on the front nine. I really had to graft for the scoring and turned in two under, which was amazing really the way I felt I played. Then the last few holes I played a lot better and gave myself a lot of chances. It’s good to have another couple of good rounds and be up there for the weekend, which is always where you want to be.
I’m trusting most aspects of my game right now. If one part is off, another is making up for it. That’s when you are going to score well. I just have to keep it up. The way I played over the last few holes is the way I need to play over the weekend if I want to win. I can’t go about it the way I did the first few holes today. But to go bogey free for the round is nice and when it’s like that, every birdie you make you are going forward.
It is tough teeing off on the first when eight under is already on the leaderboard. You’ve just got to stick to your own game and know it is over 72 holes. I wanted to get to ten today. That was a good target, but you’ve got to make birdies over the weekend. There’s a lot of guys playing good golf, so that is what will win it.
GREGORY BOURDY (FRA) – SECOND ROUND 70 (-2), TOTAL 136 (-8)
It was good yesterday starting with six under and today I didn’t play as well, but the course was more difficult. Some pin positions were not easy and the wind is blowing a bit more so I’m happy with two under today.
I’m looking for the best performance I can do and I’m going to try to win this tournament, as I do with every event. I hope to finish better than the last two events.
This morning the heat was ok, the first nine wasn’t not top bad, and then the back nine was really hot. Maybe the storm is coming, we will see.
I think the irons are key on this course. It’s important to be on the fairway, but if you play well with your irons, the greens are very good so you can hole a few putts.
NICHOLAS FUNG (MAS) – SECOND ROUND 71 (-1), TOTAL 139 (-5)
I didn’t play as well today. I struggled throughout and I missed most of the greens. It was up and down for me out there but overall, I am still feeling good about my game.
This week is a good opportunity for me to do well and bring my game up another level. This is my second time making the halfway cut in a co-sanctioned event (Asian Tour and European Tour) this season. I hope to end it off with a good result on Sunday.
I have been playing well lately. It’s all good for me and I am looking forward to playing in the next two rounds. This golf course really suits my game. It is a narrow and short course. I just need to hit better tomorrow.