What They Said

Thu 28 Feb 2013

What They Said

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SIDDIKUR (BAN) – FIRST ROUND 66 (-6)
I’m very happy. I played very well in the beginning. I got seven birdies with one bogey so I’m really happy with the round. I’m very confident and my game is good. If I can play my game, I’m quite confident I’ll be able to qualify for the Open Championship.
There are no excuses for me (two years ago). I just didn’t play well after shooting a 66 on the first day. I was so excited but unfortunately I couldn’t play well in the next day. I won’t repeat the same mistakes and I’m looking forward to it.
I didn’t put my score on the last hole so I was disqualified. I was actually three-over-par for the day.
QUINCY QUEK (SIN) – FIRST ROUND 67 (-5)
I got myself into a good position. I was three-under after four holes. I was hitting it good and giving myself chances. It got a bit windy on the back nine but other than the double bogey on the last, my round is pretty solid. I’m happy to be five-under with a double bogey!
In two-day events, you have to make as many birdies as you can. I just want to enjoy my round out there on this magnificent course. I’m up there and there’s a shot to be in the top-four. I guess my focus tomorrow is to enjoy the round and put in a low number.
I snapped my tee shot on the ninth hole. It was a funny swing and my ball landed in the water. Other than that, the rest of the day has been quite solid. I’m happy with the way I’m playing.
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LAM ZHIQUN (SIN) – FIRST ROUND 67 (-5)
I’m not complaining with a five-under. I played pretty solid. I missed a few greens but managed to get up-and-downs. You have to pretty much go out there and shoot your lights out because it is a two-day qualifier. This is the lowest score I’ve shot on this golf course. Mardan (Mamat) and Lam (Chih Bing) told me about their experiences of playing in The Open. It will be good if I have memories of my own.
HU MU (CHN) – FIRST ROUND 67 (-5)
I played really well. It is a long and tough course. The condition of the golf course is very nice. I was in good form in Myanmar (Zaykabar Myanmar Open) but my score wasn’t good. Today my score was good except for the little blemish on the last hole, otherwise it would have been a really good round. I’m not thinking too far ahead.
SCOTT BARR (AUS) – FIRST ROUND 67 (-5)
I played pretty well with eight birdies and one eagle. This is a sort of golf course which you can into trouble and you can get severely punished. I’m happy and hopefully I can hold it together. I holed a nine iron on the fifth which was a good shot. It was about 123 yards into the wind, one bounce and boom it was inside the hole. I started to hit the ball pretty well at the start and putted pretty good. I just had a couple of soft mistakes. You can get in big trouble without doing much mistakes here.
PAN CHENG-TSUNG (TPE) – FIRST ROUND 68 (-4)
My game was fine. I drive the ball good and found pretty much every fairway. I put myself in position of making birdies. I played here at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship last year and finished second here.
Yes, I’m feeling the pressure because this qualifier is tough and competitive. You might miss by one-shot and that just adds to the pressure. I played in the US Open two years ago.