WHSM preview - What They Said

Wed 17 Sep 2014

WHSM preview - What They Said

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Pariya Junhasavasdikul (Tha)
The game is getting there. I hope it can show up this week. You never know in golf because you might think you have you ‘A-Game’ but when you tee it up, you might return with a ‘C’ kind of score.
You need experience on this golf course and I’ve played here several times and I’ve proven that I can play well here. Hopefully my swing and short game show up. This golf course brings back a lot of good memories. I had a little bit of goose bumps walking up to the 18th green but this is a new week. I look forward to defending my title.
I’ve been struggling with my short game so I need to practice more on that. My ball striking is getting there. Golf is 40% technique and 60% is mental. Hopefully I show up with a good mindset.
I’m trying different things. I’m 30 and I’m enjoying life. When I come to the golf course, it is business and I take it seriously. When I’m not on the golf course, I try to be as relax as I can. I do a bit of surfing, flying and driving my car. Sometimes I go to my river house to relax.
Miguel Tabuena of Philippnes Miguel Tabuena of Philippnes
Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
I’m happy with my result last week. There’s nothing else I could have asked for. Coming into this week, I think I have a chance to contend as well because the course suits my game. This course is narrow off the tees and you don’t have to hit many drivers. You have to putt well here and considering last week’s performance, my putter is still hot.
I put in a lot of hardwork at the start of the year with my coach (Joel Altea) and he has helped in my game tremendously. I understand my swing better and that has helped me.
I didn’t travel with my family last week and so far it has been good. I’m always looking for a win. I came close last week and I’ve been playing well. Hopefully a win comes soon.
My family was all at the airport when I arrived and that’s nice. I think one of the biggest advantage which I have is my family support and that’s something which is very important to me.
Baek Seuk-hyun (Kor)
I remember hole 16 well! I learned a lot from that hole. This year, I’ll try to play safe and think about bogey. If the result is better, if my chipping and putting is better, I’ll take par. I always take three wood on that hole. Dropping six shots on that hole alone last year was difficult
I’ve played in some Korean events and in Europe, so I’ve been keeping myself busy. I’m ready for the end-of-season run on the Asian Tour. There are many good tournaments and I’ll try to play well and stay in the top-10 of the Order of Merit (he’s seventh now). I want to qualify for the CIMB Classic again and if I can get myself into the top-four, I will qualify for the HSBC Champions as well. Just keep looking at getting myself there again.
I was really nervous in both events last year. I learned a lot from being there. I played bad on the first day at HSBC but then shot four under in the next two rounds. It’s just mental. Playing with the big players, I got nervous and felt the pressure. If I get a chance to play in those events again, I’m sure I won’t be nervous anymore and that I’ll be able to play well.
I played with Pariya in the last round here last year. Playing in the last group of the tournament, of course there is pressure but Pariya is my regular roommate and it helped playing with him in the group. We go out for dinners together every day.
Last year, he told me he felt sorry for me after what happened to me on the 16th hole (which Baek double bogeyed). At that time, Pariya’s ranking wasn’t good and I was happy he won. But if I have a chance to win again here, I would not let that chance slip away.
Jazz Janewattananond
The Seri Selangor Golf Club is different than last year which was playing very firm. I had a practice round yesterday and the course is a bit softer. The greens are not as firm and the course condition is pretty good. I enjoy coming over here to compete. You need to hit it straight on this course which I’m a pretty straight driver of the ball.
I missed the Omega European Masters in Switzerland two weeks ago because of my visa problem. It was a tough lesson for me. I had applied for an Austrian visa to attend the European Tour Qualifying School and I couldn’t get my passport back in time from the Austrian embassy to apply for a Swiss visa. It was tough to miss out on Switzerland.
However, Austria was good as I managed to get past stage one. The experience was also good as it was cold and rainy which made it harder for me to compete.
We’re now going into a long run of events on the Asian Tour and I’ll try to play solid every week. There are many good tournaments coming up and I’m looking forward to playing well in them.
I’ve made some swing changes and I’ve also worked on my fitness to try to improve my game. These next tournaments would be a test for me to see if doing these has helped with my game.
I started working with Bernd Wiesberger’s coach who is based in Jakarta since the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters in April and we’ve been trying to get my swing more stable. I also started working with a Korean fitness coach in Bangkok and we’ve been working together for the past six weeks.
I wanted to be fitter to play four rounds of golf in consecutive weeks since we’re now entering our busiest time of the year. I feel better now.  Previously, my third and fourth rounds were not as good as the first and second rounds. With so many tournaments coming up, I hope to play
Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea
well in all four rounds and I think being fitter will help.
I’m always trying to win a tournament on the Asian Tour. I feel like I’m improving in my game, I’m still young and I still have a lot to learn. If I win, it’s going to be a bonus for me.  I think I’ve also grown better mentally. I know how to handle myself more on the golf course and I hope it will be good for my game.
David Lipsky (Usa)
This is my sixth week on the road so I’m feeling a bit tired but my game is good. I’ve been playing well so I’m looking forward to this week. I’m starting to hit the ball a lot better and it keeps improving. I think it is because I’m getting more competition so the more I’m out here the better my game will be.
It feels great when players and fans come out here and congratulate you. It validates all the hard work that I’ve put in my game. I’m looking forward to try and do win again.
At the start of the year, I wanted to challenge for the Order of Merit crown then Anirban Lahiri won in Indonesia. I played well in Singapore but the win in Switzerland really put me ahead and gave me a chance to win the Order of Merit.
After this I’m going to get some rest for this week. This course is quite tight and you need to have a good short game, which I’m confident with. I hope I can put everything together and win it.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
It’s nice coming back and I seem to have found some touch again. Didn’t play well through summer and I’m happy I’m getting close to my best. Still feel I have a couple of levels to take my game up, especially around the greens. This is a tight week, a tough course. I’ve played here a few times and I know the course well and I kind of know what I need to do.
It’s good to see a full strength field. It makes the event that much better. For me personally, I need to push myself over the line again. Ive been getting into position quite consistently now and I am hoping to do that come Sunday.
I don’t think there’s much missing. I just need to be more patient and just like I said, I didn’t play much golf during summer. My confidence is coming back now and I think that’s really important. If I can play confidently through the week, it will help.
It comes and goes and that’s what golf is all about. I’m happy with how I’m playing and I’m happy on the golf course. Usually when I’m in that frame on mind, I usually play my best golf. I just need to keep doing that.
Danny Chai of Malaysia Danny Chai of Malaysia
It’s playing different than previously. It rained quite a lot this morning and it rained on Sunday, so the course is a lot softer that it is normally. You usually expect it to run out a lot but it’s much softer and it’ll play longer. The key to Selangor is to putt well. The game plan is there, I just need to execute it.
Nicholas Fung (Mas)
I have played on this course since I was 14 during my amateur days. We used to train here every day and I know the course really well. You need a lot of local knowledge on this course and the fairways are tight. The greens are firm. What I need to do is to keep the ball in play all the time. Even par can be a good score for the day.
My best round here is 66 during my amateur days.
When Ben won six years ago, I remember he beat Thongchai Jaidee in his second year as a pro. It was very good for Malaysia and as he is also from Sabah, I train with him every day and it was good to see him win the event. It was important for Malaysian golf and it gave us confidence of winning as well.  I’ve got confidence of contending for the title. Hopefully I can be the second Malaysian to win the Selangor Masters
It’s hard to win on the Asian Tour. You need to have four days of consistent golf. I’ve always had one bad round and I’m trying to have all good four days. I would shoot one or two over. Probably there was too much pressure as my mind would keep thinking I want to win, I want to win and I would end up playing bad golf. I’m trying to relax my mind now. If in contention now, I just go out and try to play like in the first round, just aim to get birdies and not think of winning.
I still want to improve and get myself into the top-10 of the OOM. My skill set is still the same but I think mentally, I have become better. Playing the EurAsia Cup also has helped me. I have played with a lot of top players and I have learned from them. There is no pressure on them when they play. They just want to have fun on the golf course and aim for birdies.
I’ve not done well recently as I tried new clubs. This week, I’m using my old set and I’m doing well with them again in the last two practice rounds. I tried the new clubs after The Queen’s Cup, and played in two local events and missed both cuts! I straight away decided to go back to my old clubs. I’m striking it better with my old clubs.
Danny Chia (Mas)
A lot of strategy needed off the tee here. A lot of your department will come into play. You need your ball striking, short game, everything has to come together to have a good week.
I’m driving the ball quite well at the moment. I’m working hard at my putting to try to score better. The greens here are very challenging and this week, the greens will be firm. In the practice round today, I hit some good iron shots but the greens were not holding the ball. You need to have a good ball striking week.
I’ve had some good results here previously. I’ve not played too many events this year as I’ve been working on regaining the strength in my right shoulder . I’m doing some decent work and I’m not expecting much on my results. Of course I want to play well but my main focus is still my body condition. I can’t play too many days in a row at the moment. Last week, I miscalculated as I didn’t expect to be in the pro-am. I had two practice rounds as well and then played four rounds. I was worn out by the Monday when I got back home. I’ll try to get a lot of rest to ensure I have better strength during this week.
I’m a bit worried at the moment. It was looking good with the rehab but it’s not improving at this stage. I’m quite sad about it but I’m still managing to hit balls. I’m trying to work harder on my rehab and regain the remainder of my strength. I think I’m at 80-85% now.
In some ways, I’m not happy with how my body has progressed. But when I came back, I found something extra in my game. I went against my doctor’s advice as I started playing way to early after the operation. I’ve been doing three quarter and half swings and I found something in my game. I’ve used that on the course and it’s worked for me, especially off the tee. That is the good part. But the other side is that I might not regain my full strength.
Ben Leong (Mas)
I took a week off, didn’t do too much as I had played four weeks in a row prior to the ADT Sabah event. I had my practice round today and obviously it’s a bit rusty but it’s a different game tomorrow. The idea of resting was to preserve my old injury. I’m not 21 anymore. I have to get used to it and I’m not getting younger.
It’s good to be back on familiar ground. There are some new tee boxes, and it’s playing a bit longer. The greens are a bit softer than what I can remember. All in all, it’s in pretty good shape.
Every hole reminds of 2008. Great memories definitely. The only thing missing is my age I suppose. It’s been a while and it’s good to be back. I do remember every shot I hit especially the three footer from left to right that I made for the win. It’s fresh in my mind. The tee shot on the last where I pushed it right, hit it out of the hazard into the bunker and the third shot, I almost rolled it up to the slope and it came back but fortunately I managed to two putt for the win.
2008 is six years ago and it doesn’t feel like it. It’s like a new life for me. It’s weird, but it’s great that I’m back. It’s something that everyone get a chance at playing golf. I’m really happy and being out here to play is good.
The motivation is still there. Definitely I want to take on the best players in Asia and see where I’m at. See where I can improve.
It’ll be important to keep the ball in play and staying in the present. I always get ahead of myself. I  need to stay in the moment.