What they said

Fri 22 Mar 2013

What they said

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WU ASHUN (CHN) – SECOND ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 135 (-9)
Q. Can you talk a bit about your day?
I’m very happy today and my putting is good. I read the lines very well and that made me relax out there. That worked for me which explain my good score.
Q. You must like the golf course?
I played here before. I finished tied 19th. I like this course and I’m very happy to visit my old Asian Tour friends. I like this golf course a lot. I’ve played here before a couple of years back. I think it’s important to play with a strategy in mind this week and choosing of the right clubs to use will matter as well. I’ve been in a good form lately and I hope to maintain that.
Q. What have you been doing during the off season?
I went to see my (Joe Thiel) coach in the United States. He helped me a lot. We’ve been working together for three years. He is a good guy. I’m very happy working with him. He has a lot of experience teaching professionals and he has helped me improve in my game. My mental and short game has improved under him.
Q. How do you rate your game now and back in 2010 when you were last here?
Honestly, there’s not much difference. I’m just more happy and relaxed.
Q. What does it mean to you to play in a co-sanctioned event with the Asian Tour and European Tour?
It’s great that I have the opportunity to play in this co-sanctioned event this week. It’s going to be very competitive because we’ve got all the top players from Asian Tour and European Tour in the field.
CHARL SCHWARTZEL – SECOND ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 135 (-9)
I can’t be too hard on myself because it’s extraordinarily hot out there. I lost a bit of concentration towards the end and made bad decisions on the sixth and seventh – poor club selections. I was in the middle of the fairway both times and made bogey. I hit a very poor shot on the seventh.
It’s been a very long day but through it all I thought I played pretty well. At least I’ve given myself a chance. I’m playing consistently and if I had been a bit sharper today I maybe could have separated myself from the field. But I know I’m playing well and I’m feeling good.
It was slow the whole day, and when Chris (Wood) pulled out we had to wait a little longer. It’s very difficult with the heat and going slowly – it takes its toll, especially if you’ve been out there for many holes, like we were today.
But there are no excuses and you just have to get on with it. I’m glad to have given myself a chance. It looks like it’ll be a long time before I tee off again and I’m not sure the afternoon boys will get finished today.
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LIANG WEN-CHONG (PRC) – SECOND ROUND 68 (-4), 138 (-6)
It was good. I feel good this week. Yesterday, I had some trouble at the start with some early bogeys which made me feel so-so. I made some good up and downs and was a bit worried with the score. But after finishing two under yesterday, I took it step by step and just wanted to make sure that I made the cut. I was quite relaxed in the second round today which was enjoyable.
I hit a lot of good shots. I need more patience on this course. Also need to practice more on my putting. I’m hitting it good but need to putt better. I’ve played here for many years and know the course fairly well.
I have a big chance again. Need to have more patience. I feel that my form is good. Just need to get in more short putts. Missed some two to three footers yesterday and today. My putting stroke hasn’t been too steady.
Wu is a good player. He’s a very good player. I think he’s got a chance as well. Wish him good luck. This past few years, Wu always try very hard. Last year, he got more confidence, he won in Japan as well which was good for him. He can play very well in this tournament, which could be natural for him.
Anything can happen this week. If I can do well and concentrate on my own game, we may get into the last pairing on Sunday.
SCOTT JAMIESON – SECOND ROUND 72, TOTAL 138 (-6)
It was disappointing to shoot level par this afternoon. I played just as well as I did in the first round from tee to green, but I didn’t putt as well.
We finished just in the nick of time, so at least we’ll have a nice long break now and some time to recover. The hooter sounded just as I was signing my card, so it was perfect timing for our group.
It’s frustrating when you’re hitting good shots and you can’t turn them into birdies, but you just have to keep plugging away. It’s a nice position to be in. Obviously the other guys still have to finish their second round, but no one is running away with it and six under is right up there.
PROM MEESAWAT (THA) – SECOND ROUND 71 (-1), TOTAL 139 (-5)
Q. You must be the happiest player now?
Yes of course (finished the second round after the rain suspension)! It has been a tough day. I finished 26 holes. I dropped three shots after six holes but it was a good fight back from me.
Q. How did you motivate yourself after dropping those shots?
I told myself that it will be a long and tired day. I told myself to stay calm and try to give myself birdie chances. I had a good birdie putt on the 18th hole from about four feet and that made my back nine a bit easier. That was the turning point for me because then I birdied second and third.
Q. How important is it to finish your round?
I finished 26 holes. If I needed to come back tomorrow to finish one hole then it would be boring. At least now I can rest and relax.
GAVIN KYLE GREEN (MAS) – SECOND ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 141 (-3)
I played well in the second round. First round was a bit shaky. I got more comfortable with the course and didn’t do much mistakes compared to the first round. I just got to play my game again. If I can do that, I know I will be okay.
It was nice playing with Matteo and Gaganjeet. Their irons are really good, always straight at the pin. I really want to break the top-20, that’s my goal right now.