What They Said

Fri 22 Feb 2013

What They Said

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February 22: Read what players have to say after the second round of the Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Alpine.
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT (THA) – SECOND ROUND 67, TOTAL 131 (-13)
I’m happy with the score. It isn’t bad for a second round effort. I have to change a bit of my putting stroke. The greens were faster yesterday.
I don’t want to practice. I want to rest and get my body ready for the last two rounds. I’ll play the same as I’ve been doing in the last two days.
I’ve had a lot of experience in the last few years of being in contention and winning. Right now, I’m not thinking about winning yet because it isn’t the last day yet. I have two more rounds and I want to do my best and give myself a chance.
Whatever happens, I want to do my best. I feel my putting stroke isn’t as smooth as it was yesterday but I won’t do much change, just tweak a bit of my back swing.
THANYAKON KHRONGPHA (THA) – SECOND ROUND 67 (-5), TOTAL 133 (-11)
I’m very happy with how I played. I putted very well. My driver and iron were just okay. I had one long putt on the fourth hole from 40 yards. It was a lucky putt. I’m very happy to see my name on the leaderboard. The last time I won was on the Asian Development Tour in 2010! It has been a long time.
MARCUS BOTH (AUS) – SECOND ROUND (-6), TOTAL 134 (-10)
It was nice. It might sound very stupid but I didn’t play that well. I sort of hit everything nicely on the greens and holed everything. I had nine one putts on the front nine. That was pretty much the reason why. I hit it okay but not amazingly well. It sort of caught up with me on the back nine.
There’s a certain way to play this course and I didn’t execute it that well. It is a bit disappointing because the score was certainly out there. The course and weather is perfect so there are no excuses. I hit it bad on the back nine but still a nice way to finish.
I needed to do quite a little bit of technical work after the end of last year. My game wasn’t in good shape so I was working really hard at the end of last year but with a lot of thoughts in my head. I missed a few cuts right at the end of the year and there was only one way to get out of it and it wasn’t to take a holiday. I kept on playing and managed to win some money from my good friends at home.
I played okay, don’t get me wrong. I holed a lot of putts. I hit a couple of mediocre iron shots in and some nice ones. I drove the ball poorly on the last couple of days and I need to sort that out to have a chance during the weekend. You know a guy like Kiradech is going to go out and smash the drives down the middle of the fairways. You can’t compete coming off the rough.
JOONAS GRANBERG (FIN) – SECOND ROUND 69 (-3), TOTAL 134 (-10)
I had a bit of a stomach discomfort earlier in the morning and I was feeling a bit lazy but the round was solid. It isn’t too bad when I was playing.
It is nice to play well. I’m feeling a bit confident and playing good seems easy now. I didn’t played my best golf last year but my game is beginning to feel solid again. I didn’t hit my irons that well but it is okay. Hopefully my name will be on top the leaderboard tomorrow.
DARREN BECK (AUS) – SECOND ROUND 69 (-3), TOTAL 135 (-9)
Yes, I’m in a good position. The guys are playing well out there and Kiradech (Aphibarnrat) likes this course. I played steady and had a couple of bogeys which didn’t faze me. I had two birdies on the last which was nice to get to nine-under.
I didn’t do anything special. I just played solid. I had three weeks off and got back to playing golf. I played really good and was afraid I peak a bit too early. When the time got closer to the tournament, I kind of peeled off a little bit and didn’t play that well.
I come into this a little bit underprepared but I feel relaxed and chilled out. I thought to myself that something must be wrong here because I should be a bit nervous of excited but I was really laid back.
BAEK SEUK-HYUN (KOR) – SECOND ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 135 (-9)
I’m happy I played quite okay. I had some mistakes on my tee shots but made good saves. I gave myself a lot of birdie chances.
I found all the fairways on the par fives and took advantage of that. I made easy birdies especially on the 14th hole when I missed a five feet eagle chance. You need good tee shots and putting here because the greens are very tricky.
I’ve learnt a lot because this is my fourth year on the Asian Tour. I know now that you can’t attack all the time. My game plan and how I’ve improved are all thanks to my experience on the Asian Tour.
MARDAN MAMAT (SIN) – SECOND ROUND 69 (-3), TOTAL 136 (-8)
I’m happy with the way I’m hitting the ball but I couldn’t hole a lot of putts. I’m pleased to come back with a 69. Yeah, I’m still in it with a chance and if I can hole some putts I hope to be in contention until Sunday. I knew I needed to train my fitness level during the off-season because age is catching up and you need to be fit to compete with these young men.
ANGELO QUE (PHI) – SECOND ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 137 (-7)
I’m always pleased when I shoot under-par especially today because I only hit four fairways so I was chipping and putting really well. Being in contention in the first tournament of the year is a good feeling even though I’m a few shots back. I think it is because it is a short course this year and you can really score if you hit good tee shots. The key here is holing putts. The greens are so hard to read. There are so many breaks on the greens and sometimes you don’t even see the lines.
HU MU (CHN) – SECOND ROUND 70 (-2), TOTAL 137 (-7)
It was a very frustrating round. I struck the ball very nicely and found 17 greens with 12 fairways. I was flawless with my ball striking but I couldn’t make any putts. Not at all. I missed my putts from about three feet and couldn’t make birdies from inside 10 feet. Somehow my round came out okay. I’m pleased with a 70.
I’m a bit further back but I can inch closer if I can get the putter rolling. The conditions were good. It was calm in the morning but a little bit hotter so scoring conditions were easier.
Myanmar is like any other South East Asian countries. I’m okay with it and I play well here so I’m liking it.