Venetian Macau Open - What they said

Wed 22 Oct 2014

Venetian Macau Open - What they said

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Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
I’m very happy with my game. I’ve played well the last few weeks and I’ve been consistent. This year is the best year of my life. I’ve won once this year but my game is very consistent which is very important. This week, I will enjoy and relax. It’s nice to be back in Macau. I’ve not had a chance to spend too much time on the Asian Tour, so it’s good to be back and play here. It’s another good field with Ernie Els, Miguel Jimenez and Scott Hend being here. I will enjoy the week.
I’ve worked hard with my coach Peter Wolfenstetter. The work that we’ve done over the years have helped. I’ve had my injuries in the past and we’ve changed my swing a bit and adjusted it. I have also changed to the normal length putter and it’s consistent. Everything has clicked and it’s help make it better.
I want to try to get higher on the world ranking. I’ll try to keep improving and will train more, both on my body and physical. Age can slow things down. I know I am getting older, losing some distance but I am improving on the consistency with the driver. The irons are still the same. I don’t think about age. Training is very important and I will continue to work hard.
It’s good for Asian Tour and the players to see the Venetian Macau Open growing.
Liang Wen-chong (Chn)
I can drive from my home to Macau and we come here quite regularly for shopping and sightseeing.
This course is different, you have to be defensive and play aggressively. You need to make good decisions and be patient. In the practice round, the course is in very good condition. The rough is not too long around the greens and you can expect scores to be better than last year.
There are many strong players. I’m happy with my game currently. My short game has been good, my putting has been better than before. I managed to find something. I changed to the fatter grip and I use the cross handed for short putts and the normal grip for longer putts. I started doing this about a month ago, and started playing well. Finished well in Japan with a couple of top-10s, and it’s now better.
There are many friends and family here this week to watch me play. Hopefully I can be patient, make the cut first and then see how it goes. It’s a strong field. I know the course here, so you never know.
Angelo Que (Phi)
After a good week, your confidence will be high. Finishing well in a tournament always gives you confidence. I don’t want to get ahead of myself as I just want to enjoy it and I’m enjoying it. I arrived here on Monday which is the first time in six or seven years. I always arrive here on Wednesday and I’ve done well a few times here, hopefully I can do that again.
When it gets windy, you have to be patient. Everyone will have a hard time. A lot of elevated tee boxes and you’ll see shots going left and right and it’s just because of the wind. It’s hard to judge where the wind is coming from here. I think experience will come into play, knowing what to expect. You just need to try to be patient.
For one, I really enjoyed myself last week. I was smiling and laughing on the course pretty much every day, every shot. Also my mind was very clear when I was playing. I made the right decisions which were crucial especially towards the end.
I’m playing with Miguel Jimenez tomorrow, played with him once previously and I’ve also got David Lipsky which is a big group. I’ll try to keep up with them (laughs).
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
It’s nice to be back to a course where you’ve done well. I’m excited to be here as the course is playing great. I always enjoy coming to Macau and I’m looking forward to a good week.
I think they’ve widened a couple of the greens, made a new green on six which is a par three island green but is still a short hole. They’ve changed a few of the greens, some are more accessible and probably with less rough this week. I think it’s generally sets up for good scoring.
It’s always good to have a good field and this week is no different as we’ve got Ernie, Miguel and Thongchai. It’s good for the world ranking points.
I think every tournament is a learning lesson, even if you play well or don’t play your best. For me I think it was a good wake up call. Certain areas of my game needed to be looked at. I had a good two days off and I rested a bit. We’ve got a few more events to go, so this will be a good time to start firing.
My game is good and I feel confident with how I’m hitting it. A couple of scoring aspects were probably a bit off. Working on my short game and putts from inside 10 to 12 feet and just need to make some more of those. It’s a funny thing, once you get your confidence around the greens, it just changes your game. Hopefully I can get it going tomorrow.