#VenetianMacaoOpen Rd 2 - What they said

Fri 14 Oct 2016

#VenetianMacaoOpen Rd 2 - What they said

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Sutijet Kooratanapisan (Tha) – Second round 66 (-5), Total 134 (-8)
I’m happy with my score but I feel so bad the whole day as we just lost our king in Thailand. He’s the best of the kings, I just felt so bad when I played. I just tried to focus on my shots and try to put on a score. I was thinking of him all the day. I thought of him so much today.
I didn’t think too much about my golf. I just aimed for fairways and greens. Didn’t really think too much about golf. A lot of the Thai players couldn’t sleep last night. We were all feeling very bad.
Hope to keep like first two rounds. Just focus on hitting fairways. This course is really narrow. Focus on the first shot and then focus on hitting the green. Don’t think about anything else.
My experience on Asian Development Tour has helped me on the Asian Tour. We get to play a lot on the ADT. Will do my best this weekend. There are many good players but I think I have a chance. Just go to play and don’t think.
Made six birdies against one bogey. All the birdies were always pin high as my iron play was good.
Kalem Richardson of Australia Kalem Richardson of Australia
Kalem Richardson (Aus) – Second round 67 (-4), Total 134 (-8)
I’m just pretty confident with my game at the moment. Pretty switched on with my focus. If I switch off and make a bogey, I’m pretty quick to get back and hit a good shot. Starting this year, I would have let it slipped a little and probably make a few more bogeys but I’m pretty happy with the way I held it together.
Last week was big. I haven’t had a great year and to have a first top-10 last week boosted my confidence. Coming into this week, I knew I was playing well and just needed to freshen up a little bit as it took a bit out of me last week. I’m feeling good about my game and looking forward to the weekend.
Just maybe focus on getting the pace of the greens better earlier on. I got off to a decent start but lost it a bit in the middle. Also got unlucky with some shots, hit great shots and one hit the pin and got off the green and I made bogey there. Just focus hard and handle what the course throws at me.
Scott Vincent (Zim) – Second round 64 (-7), Total 134 (-8)
Hit some good shots early. Knew we had to get out of the gates early, didn’t do that yesterday. But I managed to take advantage of some fairly easy holes and got the round going and kept it from there.
Korea was huge. Did so much for me (he finished second). Took so much pressure off and allowed me to free my game up and last week, making the putt on the last hole to make the cut was huge as well. Obviously this week, two great rounds and looking forward to the weekend.
Putting, you’ve got to spend some time out here and get the putter going. Just try to keep playing solid.
Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe
Kalem had a great round going and it was fun. Fun being with him and trying to catch him and both ended up in the same score. It was great, he’s a great player and great guy.
Experience in Asia has been good. I have liked Asia. Obviously the travel is not as easy but people are friendly and you stay in nice hotels and places. It’s been good, and when you are playing well, makes it that much better. Really enjoying my time here.
To be honest, this course it’s tough to visually get the shots right. I was telling my agent last night that I don’t quite like the course that much as it doesn’t suit my eye but I managed to get it done today, just go out there and play. Today was a good one.
Made a nice putt on the fourth hole today from 20 feet and that felt really good. Birdieing 10 is great as it’s a tough tee shot and I had a blind second shot and hit it close. That was a good birdie as the back nine is always harder. Managed to hit it close on 12 with the pin back there.
I went to college in Virginia Tech and studied finance before starting to chase the dream. Played a lot of golf back home in Zimbabwe, my game got better and better and managed to get to college and here I am now.
Chikkarangappa S. of India Chikkarangappa S. of India
Chikkarangappa S. (Ind)  Second Round 65 (-6), Total 134 (-18)
Key was putting. I did hit some good wedge shots in and that made me put up a good number. Eagled the last hole, it was really good. Hit a three iron to about eight feet and felt really good after that.
Playing along with him (Anirban) in the same week is the most special feeling. I miss playing with him these days and hope we can play together tomorrow. I’m very excited about that. He’s won events out here, he’s got a lot of experience and I’m sure I’ll take good things from him at the weekend.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind) – Second Round 68 (-3), Total 134 (-8)
It wasn’t the start I was looking for. Didn’t hit a great drive, managed to recover well and hit marginally a poor shot and got a bad bounce. And then it was a mess from there. Obviously not the start but I was confident that if I could claw myself back, I could put up a score together. End of the day, I’m still a bit disappointed I didn’t birdie one of the last three holes. But happy to keep myself in it.
Finally got back to even par with birdies on 17 and 18 and I know there are a few holes on the front nine you can take advantage of. Had 205 yards into the wind on two and hit a nice flighted four iron to 12 feet and made a putt for a change which was nice. And just kept my round going. That was the momentum that I needed.
Every time I find myself in this situation, it’s different. It helps being in this position but at the end of the day, you have to play well regardless of how many times you’ve done it before. I know what I need to do, which in that sense is good to be in this position. But I need to make a few more birdies over the weekend.
It’s nice to find some rhythm again. I’m beginning to put the injury behind me and the body is responding as it should. Once I start trusting my swing, I can start going out there hitting the shots that I need to.
We’re always going to be friends, but on the course, we want to beat each other. He (Chikkarangappa S.) knows it, I know it. It’ll be fun playing together. For 10 years now, whether it’s a dollar bet or a lunch bet, a bet is a bet. We’re both competitive. It’s not beating each other but finishing on top of the field as there’re 142 other players out there.
We are going to try to play our best tomorrow. I’m happy. It’s matter of time. He has the quality, he’s shown it. He’s dominated in India so there’s no reason why he can’t bring that same game here. It’s a matter of him finding his confidence, it’s a matter of time. It’s good to see.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi) – Second round 69 (-2), Total 136 (-6)
Not a bad way to finish the round but it was frustrating for me actually. It’s pretty different without any wind. Your targets change from off the tee which is big. It was a bit different. You think it’s meant to be easier. I kept hitting solid putts but missed some short ones. I knew I was hitting solid, to finish birdie, eagle leaves me in a good spot for the weekend.
I had 181 yards to the pin yesterday and hit seven iron. Today was similar yardage but I felt the wind was a bit more downwind off the tee, so I changed to an eight iron and hit it to about a pin flag length and made the putt.
On 18, left myself with 211 to the pin and saw it was just plus six and I just told myself anywhere in front of the green would be good. Flushed a six iron to about 12 feet and made the putt.
It’s a good feeling making the cut in Macao. I’ve made the cut only twice here and it’s nice to see myself in the running. Just keep it in play and don’t force anything. Just keep giving myself opportunities for birdies. You’ve got to keep grinding as the scores can go anywhere depending on the wind. Nice to also not be in the final group.