#UBSHKOpen Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 09 Dec 2016

#UBSHKOpen Rd 2 What They Said

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Rafa Cabrera Bello (ESP - Second round 65 (-5), Total 129 (-11)
Q. How sweet is it to be 11-under par and leading this championship?
RAFA CABRERA-BELLO: Well, very pleased, for both those things but more importantly for how I played. I managed to play good again. Played solid and put myself in very few risky positions. Felt in control again. Just managed to keep up the good work as yesterday.
Q. Do you impress yourself when you look at those score cards and see what you've achieved over two days, when others have struggled just a little bit?
RAFA CABRERA-BELLO: No, I mean, I'm not impressed. I know I can play good. I've done it before and I will do it again. I'm doing it now, too. Jokes aside, there are birdies out there. It is a tricky course.
I felt I paid my dues here other years, as well, from not knowing the course and not playing it smart enough.
I think this year, I'm playing it good and I'm playing it confidently, but I'm playing it very smart, too. So that's helping.
Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain
Q. Sadly, there was a bogey on the card but the way you bounced back, that must make you smile.
RAFA CABRERA-BELLO: Yeah, bogeys happen. It wasn't too big of a catastrophe. I just missed the green by very little. Putted, left myself a sneaky five-footer and missed it. That's golf. It wasn't too hard to digest, and a few holes later, I managed to make a couple birdies in a row, so that was good.
Q. Thoughts into the weekend, because most will say you're in a commanding position now.
RAFA CABRERA-BELLO: Well, yes, I'm in a commanding position, but it might even be by the time I tee off tomorrow, I'm not even leading anymore. Just play the way I am and try to keep managing myself around the course the same way I've been doing it these two days.
I'm going to try to do nothing different. Just stick to my game plan and try to keep playing smart and being patient, waiting for my opportunities, and hopefully hitting good shots and creating some birdie chances, too.
Q. Another tournament, another cut made. Do you just feel sort of invincible with this run you're on?
RAFA CABRERA-BELLO: Not necessarily. I don't think about it. I only think about it when I read a Tweet off you guys or someone just mention it out. I'm just trying to play my best. It just proves that I've turned into a better player, more consistent, and there's always some part of my game that can help me make the cut.
But this week, it's more than that. I'm leading and I've been playing solid, playing very smart around the course, and really pleased to be in the last tournament of the year for me in this position coming into the weekend.
Q. You've had a fantastic season. You've made your debut in The Ryder Cup. Almost the only thing that's been missing is a tournament victory. How determined are you to finish this?
RAFA CABRERA-BELLO: As determined as I was last tournament I played and the previous one. I know I will win again. I've won before. I just need to keep giving myself chances. I have been working on some mistakes that maybe I have done on other occasions. I don't think I'm doing anything wrong not to get the win, so it will happen. Hopefully it will happen in two days' time.
Danny Willett (Eng) – Second Round 66 (-4), Total 134 (-6)
Q. So what are your thoughts on a nice knock on day two?
DANNY WILLETT: Yeah, it was a nice day. We played pretty good yesterday and didn't take loads of chances. Played just nice and steady again today.
It's a golf course you've got to put your ball in position off the tee. You can take a few things on but as soon as you get in the rough around here, you've not got much control of your golf ball. The greens are a bit firmer this year, and obviously then with a few tight pins, it makes it more difficult.
No, we put the ball in position most of the day and I hit a lot of greens, so although we weren't close loads, we tried to make it as simple as possible. Yeah, two good days' work, I'd say.
Q. Certainly early on there was that nice number of birdies building up, which pushes you into the mix.
DANNY WILLETT: Yeah, starting the worst way, making bogey on the first hole but bouncing back with three good birdies, and I had a few nice chances on the next few and didn't quite take any. Hit it pretty steady on the front nine. Missed a couple of chances out there.
But no, the scoring around this place never gets too daft, just purely because of the nature of it. A few really tricky holes out there, and even though there's not that much wind there, there's a little bit flicking around and bounces around in the trees.
When you're trying to hit it to precise areas, a couple of yards either way, you get the wrong side of a couple of these ridges and it can cause a few problems. Like I said, just a solid two days' work.
Q. Nice to be in this kind of position in the weekend?
DANNY WILLETT: It's nice to be in this position after the last few months. But it was nice last week, after DP World, we obviously took a couple of weeks off because of the back and stuff and rested it well. Actually took some proper time off, which I've not been able to do for awhile. That was really nice.
Then came out here, probably as fresh as I've been for a month and a half, which is nice, and it's probably showed mentally more than anything. The frustrations, even when you hit bad shots, you don't let it get to you as much as I did probably in the previous couple of months.
It was nice to get a break and put the feet up and spend a bit of time with the family. And it's always nice to know you come out for one week and you've got your job to do for six days and you're going home again.
Justin Rose of England Justin Rose of England
Justin Rose (Eng) – Second Round 69 (-1), Total 139 (-1)
JUSTIN ROSE: I played well today. Just solid enough. Hit loads of greens. Putting on the front nine I struggled with. Just kind of, I guess, yeah, I just missed too many short ones really. Questioning my lines on the greens is tough. I'm not quite finding the visuals of them yet. They were definitely smoother today, so there's no excuse from that point of view. They are quite grainy, so sometimes I'm playing for grain and it's not working out. Other times, I feel like the grain is pulling it. It's just tricky.
But I think when I have hit good putts, they have gone in. So it's just a matter of just being probably -- getting the doubt out of the read, as well. Just commit to something and hit a good putt.
Q. Is that the kind of thing that a couple in a row tomorrow can solve quickly?
JUSTIN ROSE: Very much so, and this golf course offers you the opportunity to change your game plan up and hit more aggressive shots off the tee to give yourself more wedges in your hand. Given my situation, that might be an idea tomorrow; may or may not be. We'll just kind of maybe start off the round as normal and see how we go.
I've got to wait for my run. I feel like I'm capable of some mid to low 60s back-to-back around here. That's what it's going to take. I heard the forecast is going to get windy this afternoon, but doesn't seem to be appearing that way. It's very nice and a day I'd like to have taken a bit more advantage of.
Q. The scoring isn't too hot, is it.
JUSTIN ROSE: The pins were incredible on the back nine. I think there were definitely two different guys who set up the course, someone on the front, someone on the back. The back nine pins were a lot of fun to play. Loads of them were three from the edge, and new pins that weren't there last year.
Because often you come to tournaments and you're always playing the same pins. I thought the course was set up really well, especially on the back nine. So I think that's what's probably keeping scoring at bay.
Q. Some people might say, oh, he's struggling with an injury and maybe you wouldn't mind the weekend off, but you never want to miss a cut, do you.
JUSTIN ROSE: No, not when you've travelled 8,000 miles especially, and the physio here is doing a great job on me, as well. So I'm feeling better every day. From that point of view, this is good, active rehab, playing. Obviously this is my job, so the more I can get comfortable doing it, the better. Each day for me, I think I'm getting closer to being 100 percent.
Q. Were you moving a bit more freely around the course?
JUSTIN ROSE: Yeah, swinging-wise yesterday, I didn't seem to have too much trouble. But just picking the ball out of the hole, stuff like that, some of the flexion stuff I was still struggling with but that felt even better today.
Q. You almost got a hole-in-one on 8.
JUSTIN ROSE: Yeah, I was rolling right at it and it ended up a foot away and just broke off at the end. Yeah, Fooch pulled a good club for once, so that was good (chuckles). Yeah, that was a good shot.
I hit a lot of shots close to the hole this week, some good iron shots tight. I put a new set of irons in play as of Hero but really this week is the first week I've had a chance to gauge on them and they feel really, really good. I feel like they are a little bit tight and I'm hitting some shots close to the pins and yeah, I'm encouraged really.
Q. Getting a couple of birdies, did that give you confidence?
JUSTIN ROSE: Yeah, I was on plus one, wasn't I, halfway through the back nine. From that point, you're aware of the cut line and it was nice just to get it I think -- where did I birdie, the par 5, No. 3 and I birdied 7 and 8 to get comfortable making the cut.
Once I was 2-under, strong finish. I was hoping to get myself to 3-under. I set myself a mini-goal of finishing the day 3-under which I felt would keep me in touch. I'm going to be there or thereabouts, but it's going to require a couple of low ones now.
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 68 (-2), Total 135 (-5)
Q. Looks like it was another solid round.
THONGCHAI JAIDEE: No complaints. My game, struggled with the putting. We couldn't hole any short putts. Leaderboard, going to be really easy to get on the top but unfortunately couldn't putt well. Like No. 5, No. 9, we missed all our short putts for birdie.
I mean, yeah, I'm very confident with my iron play and definitely struggling with putting because greens so difficult. Some of the grains, some are downhill, downgrain are going to be very tough to putt and very difficult to control the distance, as well.
I mean, yeah, I know I've been here many years, especially this year, the golf course is fantastic, no complaints, everything. Only thing the pin is very difficult on the back nine. We can see the pin position on the back nine is going to be tough. You have to be in the right position to putt.
Q. You're right in the hunt and only a few shots behind the leaders now. Looking to the weekend, do you think you'll change your strategy a little bit?
THONGCHAI JAIDEE: No, my game is same every day. We do try to do a lot like tee shot. Very important, you hit tee to fairway, you keep the ball in play on the fairway, going to be okay. If you're missing the fairway, going to be difficult because the green is firm. The rough is very fine, don't have any spin.
The ball, it keep rolling, very difficult if you don't find any fairway. The golf course, especially this golf course, even if more rough, going to be tough. This year, going to be less rough but it's okay. Fair enough, because the greens getting firm. Going to be difficult if you're missing fairways.
For me, I think it's a putting contest this week.
Q. Liang Wen-Chong said you're his idol. What do you say to that?
THONGCHAI JAIDEE: He's a friend of mine. He's a former No. 1 in China. I think he's a good player. I've played with him many years. I thank him for his comment. I have a lot of friends from China and he's a good player.
Scott Hend (Aus) – Second Round 68 (-2), Total 137 (-3)
Scott Hend of Australia Scott Hend of Australia
Q. Played solid again.
SCOTT HEND: It was good. Just not quite getting the most out of the par 5s, which is sort of what are you familiar got to do to polish off a round around here. Otherwise, there for the weekend now and we can try and go forward?
Q. How are conditions?
SCOTT HEND: Very benign. The probably was the greens we found a little tricky to try and read. They are a little bit quicker than what they were yesterday afternoon, so we were not judging the break quite so well. We just played solid. We didn't really hole any putts the whole group.
Q. Is it a case of just trying to protect yourself from not being too aggressive with some of the pins out there?
SCOTT HEND: I think the pins on the back nine were quite tricky. Obviously around this golf course, you don't want to short-side yourself. It's pretty tough to sort of go at a stick to try and get it close to make a birdie putt.
So you always seem to be having like 15-, 20-foot birdie putts, unless you want to chance your arm and make a bogey. Obviously Thursday, Friday, you just play to get in there and go ahead on the weekend and go a bit more at them.
Q. And you're right in a good position for the last two rounds.
SCOTT HEND: Perfect. The scoring right now, obviously 7-under is leading right now and I'm 3-under, only four behind. Let's say they get to 10-under at the end of the day is leading. Seven shots on this golf course on the weekend is nothing. We've all seen guys come from way back and guys that are way forward seem to stumble a little bit because that's the way the golf course is.
Q. You talked yesterday about not hitting it right in the middle of the clubface. How was it today?
SCOTT HEND: The timing was much better. My drive was very poor but irons was much better. Getting a bit more used to sort of the into the grain shots off the fairway. All in all it's sort of shaping up pretty good.
Q. Take the rest of the day off?
SCOTT HEND: No, I've got to do a clinic. I won't be grinding. No grinding today. We'll just wait till tomorrow.