What They Said

Tue 19 Feb 2013

What They Said

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THAWORN WIRATCHANT (THA)
I’ve played on the Asian Tour for many years so I’m not feeling nervous ahead of the new 2013 season. I want to keep going and improving on my world rankings. I want to stay in the top-100. Golf is a cycle. You don’t expect to play good in every tournament.
I keep practising as usual but I did hurt my knee which is getting better. My knee got worse when I was on a plane back from India but it seems okay now.
The course is quite wet and the fairway is narrow. The conditions are different compared to last year so I can’t really say if it will suit my game.
It has been a perfect 10 years for me because my career has taken off. I keep getting better and better and if this was a company, it would mean that I got a promotion in my career. I’m glad to have the honour to hit the first shot this Thursday for the 10th Asian Tour season and I want to be the last player to hole the winning putt on Sunday and take the trophy home!
MARDAN MAMAT (SIN)
I want to try and break into the top-10 of the Order of Merit this season. Hopefully by doing that, I can win one Asian Tour event.
I have another two years winner’s exemption and that will give me the opportunity to focus on what I want to do. There’s not much stress for me to play this year! I just want to get better and hit my target.
I played in one ADT event and won a local event. I’m very pleased with my performances and my game. I’m pretty happy with the way I’ve prepared myself and I think my game is in good shape.
I worked on my fitness during the off season. I do that every year just to prepare myself for the busy year ahead. I spent a lot of time in the gym and it will certainly help my game.
KIERAN PRATT (AUS)
My game is pretty good. I’ve been working hard with my coach. I haven’t had much competition but I’m still pretty confident that I can come out and play pretty well. We’ve been working on everything and try to improve and progress from last year’s performance.
The important thing was for me to freshen up during the break and not play too many professional events. I think that will hold me in good stead for the start of the season.
I always put pressure on myself to play well. Having a winner’s exemption is not any reason for me to rest on my laurels and think that everything is going to fine because I have a job next year. I want to play well this year and work my way up the world rankings. I want to be a world class player.
There’s a little bit of pressure when you defend a title and you want to put in a good performance after winning the event the year before. There’s pressure in every event to come out and play well. It won’t affect me too much.
I had two months off competitive golf but got back into training and practising a month ago. That was probably the longest I’ve been off as a professional golfer. I was getting a bit crazy at home and wanted to do my job again. I’m really looking forward to this week.