SAIL-SBI Open What They Said

Tue 25 Feb 2014

SAIL-SBI Open What They Said

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ANIRBAN LAHIRI (IND)
It’s always nice to be back at DGC, I’ve had so much success here in the recent past. I’m feeling really good. Had a good finish to last season and I have played a few (domestic) events this season and it’s been going good. I’m looking forward to this week.
I managed to reach some of my goals last year which one of them was to finish top-five on the Order of Merit and I also jumped 80 or 90 spots in the world rankings. I’m looking to break the top-50 or 60 in the world this year and also to try to get my European card.
I think the consistency was good last year. Having played with top players last year, you see how they go about their game and see what is so different that they are where they are. I’m trying to improve on my ball striking and my putting and if I can improve on those, it will make a big difference in my scores. If I can get that in shape in the next few years, I’ll be good.
When I came back last year, I didn’t expect to win. I would have been happy to just play well. I’m coming in here with similar expectations. Obviously I am comfortable on this course and I like this track. And I’ve been playing well. If I continue to do what I’ve done well which is to have a good strategy and execute it well, I’ll be happy. Hopefully I will have a chance on Saturday.
On winning a tournament before his wedding in May?
I’ve heard that a few times. I’ve had a few good events coming into this week. It’s nice as it’s going to be a life changing event for me. It’s a good positive feeling when you know things are moving in the right direction for you on and off the golf course.
SIDDIKUR RAHMAN (BAN)
I’m very happy to play in a tournament here. Since my amateur days, I’ve been playing good at DGC. I have really good memories of this course, especially winning the Hero Indian Open. After my win in 2010 in Brunei, I struggled to get my second victory. It finally happened here last year. I have come close over the years and it gave me a lot of experience. It’s been going very good. The experience has helped me a lot.
I don’t have any special goals for this year. I just want to remember my 2013 season as it was the best golf of my life. I want to recall back on those good memories to push me forward.
This golf course is about fairways and greens. There is so much trouble out there, even for the second shots. It’ll be important to try to keep everything straight.
PROM MEESAWAT (THA)
I’ve played here many times. I’m looking forward to having another good finish here again. I will try to win my second title on the Asian Tour. You have to be very patient. I never use my driver on this course and you have to hit it straight and know how to manage your game on this course. My game suits this course. You can’t be too aggressive on this course.
I had a good last few months before the end of the 2013 season. This season, I hope to continue with my good form. I need to work hard on my fitness and my game as well to keep improving. I’m playing a full Asian Tour schedule this year and I want finish as high as I can on the Order of Merit.
During the end of the season, I was hitting the ball so good. I was working hard with my coach who passed away a couple of months ago which I’m very sad. I got a lot of help from him which helped me a lot. This year, I’ll try to remember and think of all the things that we have been working together.
CHAN KIM (USA)
My game is feeling really good. I had a chance to go back home and work on my game in the past few weeks I really like this course, played really well here last year and I’m looking forward to the week. I thought I would be safe (to keep his card at the end of 2013) but it showed that I wasn’t.
I was judging it from the 2012 season where US$62,000 was safe. I thought at 73,000, I would be safe but it wasn’t so. It all came down to making the cut in the last tournament of the year at the King’s Cup and there was a lot of pressure. The only think I learned was to make sure I play well in the first half of the year!
When I get to other courses, I tend to play really aggressive. But over here, you have to play different shots and be smart off the tee. It prevents me from being too aggressive and making too many mistakes. I like how this course is set up. I might hit a couple of drivers but will have plenty of long irons off the tee.
This year, the aim is to finish top-5 on the Order of Merit which will get me into final stage of Web.Com qualifying school. Second goal will be to keep my card on the Asian Tour. I like being out here. Those are my two biggest goals of the year.
Two of my friends (Hamza Amin and Paul Peterson) from Arizona are through Qualifying School this year, so I will have more friends to travel and hang out with. It’ll be fun.