#VenetianMacaoOpen - What they said

Wed 12 Oct 2016

#VenetianMacaoOpen - What they said


Miguel Tabuena (Phi)

I’ve never had a good finish here. In five years here, I’ve only made the cut twice. I can feel something special this week, I know my game is in a good place so hopefully I can play well and also get myself into the WGC-HSBC Champions.

The wind is a big factor here. It switches every 10 minutes and you have to be aware. It can also be very tight if you’re not driving the ball well. I guess you have to keep it in the short grass to be able to attack some of the pins.

I feel more in control with my game. I know where my misses and I know how to correct them. That’s important as previously when I made a mistake, I would take a long time to recover but being on Tour for six years now, and with the experience I’ve gained, I’m a bit smarter on the golf course and you learn how to play golf instead of worrying about the mechanics.

I sometimes get too excited. I just have to treat every tournament the same way, big or small. Sometimes I treat tournaments differently when they are big events. My mum is here, her birthday is tomorrow, and my girlfriend is also here. We’re going to watch the Michael Jackson show “Thriller” later tonight, so it’ll be fun.

Playing in the Olympics really helped. Being in the same event where so many top players were there was good. I thought myself that my game isn’t that far. It’s a matter of time and you’ve just got to keep grinding and the hard work will pay off.

My goal at the start of the year was to double up my money which I did so in the first two events. It actually slowed me down a bit as I was a bit relaxed but I just reminded myself that the more you succeed, the more you have to work hard.

I guess an outside goal is the Order of Merit. Knowing that the CIMB Classic counts may give me a chance to challenge Scott Hend and Marcus Fraser. That’s going to be a big week. I know I have the game to do that. The other goal is to win a tournament before the end of the year.

Chikkarangappa S. of India Chikkarangappa S. of India

Chikkarangga S. (Ind)

Coming in with good form is a good feeling. I’ve done well the last few events and coming to Macao is always special. There’re a lot of top players here and it’s a great feeling competing against some of the best in the world.

We did a lot of work back home with my coach Vijay Divecha. Spent a lot of time with my short game, especially 100 yards in and we worked hard at it. It used to be my strength and I kind of lost it a bit. But I got it back and that’s why I’ve been able to shoot some good scores the past few weeks.

It’s a good layout here. Every hole has a different character. It’s an elevated course and you have to place the ball. It suits my eye. My record here not so good, not made the cut the past two years but the past is the past. I like the layout but I didn’t perform well previousl. But I’m looking forward to this week.

My card is almost a lock. I spoke to Anirban about it and I told him about it the same way that I was thinking too much about my card than my game and he told me to just go out and enjoy my game. He said I shouldn’t worry about the card as once I’m on my game, I’m on. That’s helped me a lot and that’s helped me this year. I want to try to finish top-30 so that I get into every event next year.

A win is around the corner. I’ve been doing well. I’ve been in there in the last few groups a few times. I’ve taken a lot of positives in the weeks when I’ve not finished well or collapsed. I think I’m getting better from being in that position.

One or two bad shots and decision at the wrong time. I spoke to my coach and we found a solution to it. On par fives, I am an aggressive player and that was where I dropped shots. So we decided to play it as it is and layup to aim for birdies.

Poom Saksansin of Thailand Poom Saksansin of Thailand

Poom Saksansin (Tha)

I’m feeling good. Now that I’m a winner, I can play for another few years. I’m feeling happier. This course is quite short but it’s very narrow. If I can hit my driver straight, I might have a chance. Last week, I drove it well, so my confidence is good.

I received a lot of congratulatory messages from a lot of people on social media, got a lot of phone calls too from my parents. They were very happy. I want to win again, but I’m just happy to have the opportunity to play golf. I just want to keep it one shot at a time.

Dou Ze-cheng (Chn)

It’s windy and it’s quite short but the fairways are a lot firmer than in China. The easy part is that you can drive it further. And if it’s into the wind, you hit it short. There are some long holes for me. The wind will be the big challenge. It can affect the ball flight a lot.

The improvement has come from the winter practice in the US. I played a lot of good courses and worked on my swing changes. I spent a lot of time on the range, working on my driver and irons which are now more consistent.

Last year, I finished fourth on the China Tour money list and then finished second in a few last year. After I won my first one, I led by six and kind of messed up in the last round but I still one. It gave me a lot of confidence.

It’s my honour to be here. I know some of the players through my amateur days such as Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai who I will be playing with in the first round. I don’t have a finish goal, I just want to enjoy my experience here.

My dad used to play and he would take me to play for fun. I was schooling in Canada until my third grade. We moved back to China and I started playing in more junior events. That time it was Tiger and Rory dominating and I was always watching tv and thought about playing professional later on. When I was in high school, I was half-school and half golfing but now I’m fully professional.