Venetian Macau Open - What they said

Tue 21 Oct 2014

Venetian Macau Open - What they said

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Ernie Els (RSA)
I’m happy to be back at the Venetian Macau Open. The difference with this event with the others is this resort ... I don’t think we stay in a resort like this anywhere else in the world which makes it totally different.
The back is feeling better. It locked up on me on Sunday in Hong Kong and I felt quite difficult playing. My trainer got in late last week and it’s getting better and I’m feeling really good for this week.
Last year, I got into Macau only on Wednesday afternoon and this year, I’ve got a lot more time and really enjoying my time here this year.
Every time I play in the field, Scotty (Scott Hend) wins. I should travel around the world with him! He’s playing great obviously, last week was a great win. I’m sure he’s going to play the European Tour a lot and I hope he doesn’t forget about the Asian Tour.
He’s going through a golden period now. I’ve seen his back over here in Asia. But I’m just happy to be here for the Venetian Macau Open and try to play as good as I can and see where we finish. Anybody around here can win. It’ll be a good battle out there.
 
Scott Hend (Aus)
I feel great. It was an exciting week last week and hopefully this week will be as exciting if I can deliver the same level of golf.
I went back to my old driver from three years ago. I loaned it to my mate in Bangkok and I went back there after the Mercuries Taiwan Masters and asked if I could have it back. He gave the head back and I put in on a shaft and played three rounds there and started hitting in on the short grass. I went to Hong Kong last week and had the belief that I could get it on the fairways.
When I won last year, I cracked the face of my previous driver which was a Callaway. I’ve got this Titleist 910 now which is an old model.
Driving is not the ‘be it and end all’. But if you’re coming out of trees all the time, it’s hard to make birdies. There was a lot less pressure on my short game and I thought that was the key last week.
It’s very hard to back up a win, not impossible but very hard. I’ll try my best and we’ll see what happens. I haven’t got great expectations. You’ll never know.
Everyone has their week and I had my week three times last year. I know where my game is at the moment and it’s a steady progression but I think I’m getting there and playing as good as I was last year. I’ll try to not get too ahead of myself and establish some reachable goals.
Miguel Angel Jimenez (Esp)
I’ve been playing a long time in Asia and I love playing over here where I have several wins (six). I played nine holes yesterday and it’s a nice course. I feel better now after last week’s food poisoning which wasn’t a great way to play as I was very sick. However, I’m fine now and I’m ready to fight for the Venetian Macau Open title. We have a strong field with Ernie, Scott and the top Asians here, so it will be a big fight.”
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
It’s nice to be back here. It’s a nice resort and I feel comfortable here. My performance right now is very consistent. I am really enjoying that and it’s been a really good year. I think it’s the best year in my life. I’m looking forward to this week and hope to play well and enjoy the game. It’s another strong field this week.