What They Said

Fri 29 Mar 2013

What They Said

Prayad Marksaeng (Tha) – Second Round 67 (-5), Total 132 (-12)
I’m happy with how I played. My game from my driver, irons and putting were very good. I used the cross hand grip today. It seems to be working for me. I’m feeling good. I’ve been playing very good this year. I changed to a new golf ball and it seems to be giving me more distance. Last time I hit my driver to about 280 yards but now I’m hitting it about 20 yards longer. I had many short putts for birdie and t was all inside 10 feet.

The pins were placed in tough positions but I followed my game plan and it worked. I really getting more distance and that’s good with my age. I hope I can maintain my form.

Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) – Second Round 65 (-7), Total 134 (-10)

I didn’t play better than yesterday. I holed a lot of putts and had an eagle on the fourth hole. I know the course is quite tricky and it is very important to position your ball at the right places. A 65 is another solid round and I’m bogey free for two rounds. I look forward in the next two rounds. I’m enjoying playing on this golf course. The conditions are fantastic.

It is actually a good idea to keep thinking about the Masters Tournament. I want to win this tournament. It is only the second round and I’m half way there. I think I have a good chance to win now because I’m only two shots away. If I can get another low round then I have a chance of winning. I’m going to try my best. I enjoy playing in my home country and I’m very proud because there were a lot of fans who came out to support us today.
Digvijay Singh (Ind) – Second Round 67 (-5), Total 134 (-10)

It was nice to finish with three birdies on seven, eight and nine. I lost my putting touch in the middle of the round. I hit it really close on a couple of occasions but didn’t convert them. I made a three putt on 15 and missed a four-footer on 14.

Then I got back to what I was supposed to do. It has been a long time. Since my win at Panasonic Open India I haven’t done much. It has been a bit of a flash in the pan kind of performance so far.

I was trying too hard and trying to get too much out of my round. Actually I was thinking of going home yesterday because my back was troubling me. Jyoti (Randhawa) asked me to walk around to warm up a bit. Thankfully the Asian Tour’s physiotherapist did good work on my back and I’m feeling a 100%.

I’ve putted well and hitting my wedges close. This golf course is actually in favour of players because the ball is not rolling too hard. You can fire anywhere near the pins and you can rest assure the ball won’t roll off the green.

Jonathan Moore (Usa) – Second round 68 (-4), Total 134 (-10)

It was a good round. I started off just each day, I’m just trying to find my rhythm. I don’t exactly know where my game is this week as I’ve just been playing particularly great the last few weeks. I’ve not tried to do too much and just try to get my rhythm and it’s happened each day. I’ve also putted well which really helps.

I’m just trying to let go more. A few things I’ve learned over the years, one of them is to send the ball on its way. I can’t make it go to a particular spot. Just envision that all I’m going to do is to hit it into the ocean instead of a small fairway. Just make that free swing and hit it into a big wide ocean. I think that’s helped a bit.

The course is pretty forgiving off the tees on some holes. There’s enough holes where you need to hit good shots. The speed of the greens is what I’m loving it the most. You just stroke the ball. You don’t have to hit it. It’s got a wonderful speed, a bit on the faster side which I like.

I gave a few back after the turn, three putt from short range and missed with a short iron but it was nice to bounce back as my father in law and his friend showed up in the last few holes and could watch some shots.

Hu Mu (Chn) – Second round 69 (-3), Total 135 (-9)

Q. Talk us through your round?
I was very disappointed with my round. I turned a 62 or 63 round into a 69. I didn’t take any chances from the good shots I hit. I wasn’t feeling it out there with my putter.

Q. What do you need to improve?
I want to go work on my putting. I putted well on the first day. It was a disaster when it came to making birdies. I hit my shots close and had five or six birdies chances inside 10 feet but just didn’t make them. It was a big mistake.

Q. Nice to see your name on top?
I’ve been in contention on the first day and it is great. I’m getting more used to it. The first few times you might get a bit excited when you are up on the leaderboard and not get enough sleep. Right now I’m really into it and when I get on the course, I always try to shoot better.

Q. You tend to get better by playing in more tournaments?
Definitely. I don’t think it is natural for everybody. Some people might get it faster but I’m getting better every tournament.

Q. Did you sleep well last night?
I slept well but it was too early of a wake-up call. I had to get up at 4.30am.

Q. Exciting to be playing with Major winners?
It is very exciting. I’ve been training in the David Leadbetter academy for the last 10 years and he trained Ernie (Els). I had the chance to play a practice round with him at the HSBC Champions in China before. I haven’t seen him this week but I’ll make sure I talk to him. Hopefully I get a final round pairing with him.

Mithun Perera (Slk) – Second round 66 (-6), Total 136 (-8)

Q. Thoughts on your day?
It is a really long golf course but I’ve been hitting good tee shots without any bogeys in the last two days. I missed a lot of birdie chances and I feel that I could have a lower score. I’ve been playing really good. My long irons and my five wood are really sharp so it doesn’t matter if I’m hitting it short off the tees. I hit two good five wood approaches on the 11th and 12th hole for birdies (from 15 feet and five feet respectively).

Q. Felt you could have gone lower?
I’ve been playing really good. I just didn’t make putts or I would have been much lower. My putting stroke is so good but I had many lipped out birdies. I played better in the first round compared to today but that’s golf.

Q. Nice to be up on the leaderboard?
I’m so happy to be up there on the leaderboard because it is such a long course and the ball doesn’t roll.

Q. Motivation playing with Major winners this week?
I think they are also happy to see young and upcoming players playing on the Asian Tour. It gives us more experience and motivation to be playing with them in the same event. I really want to play with one of them. It doesn’t matter if it is Y.E. Yang, Ernie Els or Thongchai Jaidee. It will be nice to see how they play some good golf.

Q. Is there another low round for you?
My game is really on track. I didn’t have a mistake yet. I just need to hole a couple of putts to really get my game on track. I feel that there’s still another low round for me.

Y.E. Yang (Kor) – Second round 68 (-4), Total 137 (-7)

Today was bogey free. Good day today. Morning was cool and I enjoyed it. A couple of birdies at the end were important. The leader is now -12, so being -7 than -5 is a big different. They were good birdies.

The pins are normally in the left corner or right corner which makes it tough. But this week, they’ve put it more centre which makes it a bit easier but the strong grains on the greens and the slopes make putting difficult on this golf course.

The swing is getting better now. Timing and hitting the shots are good. Yesterday and today was good. Only one bogey and I have had a lot of birdie chances. Missing chances from five feet or seven, eight feet. If I can putt better, the score will be better.

This is my first time playing with Kiradech Aphibarnrat. His mind is strong and his ball striking is good. His iron shots and putting is good. I think he can play PGA Tour. He can go to Web.com tour for a couple of years and there will be no problem for him to play on the PGA Tour. His mind is strong.

At the highest level, the quality of players is not so different. The depth may be a bit stronger but I don’t see any problem for him to play well in America.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) – Second Round 67 (-5), Total 138 (-6)

It was a good bounce back from me. I was playing well today. My thyroid condition made my hands shake yesterday. I struggled with my putter and the green speed but I’ll try to adjust and practice a bit.

I missed birdie putts on six holes from inside six feet. Even with those misses, I still managed a five-under so that’s a good score.

I’m hitting good. Some of my shots are better than last week but I just can’t make my putts. That’s the result of my two-day total.

Ernie Els (Rsa) - Second Round 71 (-1), Total 140 (-4)

Has it been the greens or the putter that’s held you back?
I don’t know. I thought I hit some good putts. I didn’t hit it as good as yesterday. That wasn’t in my favour. I was always kind of had an uphill battle, had a tough start. Missed a short one on three and three putted five (for bogeys). It wasn’t a great start. I kind of had to fight just to be here for the weekend. I’m going to stick with the short putter for the next two days and hopefully roll some in.

Do you feel you’re still in it?
It’s going to take a lot of work. I’ll go out there with an aggressive mindset tomorrow and hope to get something going. I’ve not had a really low round all year and I would love to have a low round in the next two days. That’s what I’ll be aiming for. It’ll take a lot to win the tournament from where I am. I just want to get some momentum going through the weekend.

With some daylight left, what are you going to do?
I’m going to the putting green. I just want to say that our thoughts are with our former president, President Mandela. He’s going through a bit of a tough time now and as South Africans, we want to wish him all the best and wishes he recovers.