WHSM Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 18 Sep 2014

WHSM Rd 1 What They Said

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Anirban Lahiri (Ind) – First Round 64 (-7)
I’m really happy with how I played today. I got off to a good start and made a couple of good putts. It could have been even better. I missed some short putts but I hit it really good.
I have a lot of positive energy coming into this week, having finished second last year. It tells you that you can do it. I’ve figured out how to play on this golf course so it helps when you’ve played here a few times.
The wind started and stopped, started and stopped but I’m really happy. I missed a few but I made a few so I have no complains. It is nice when you have that confidence. I’m really happy I got off to a good start. I’ll keep my head down and keep moving in the right direction.
On this golf course, you are never in total control. You can hit a good shot but have a bad bounce. Sometimes you don’t make the best swing and you get a decent score. You need a lot of help from the golf course but as far as what I’ve been doing, I’m feeling mentally calm because I know I can hit it well enough to play well.
Aniban Lahiri of India Aniban Lahiri of India
David (Lipsky) really played well. He just came back from Europe so he is adjusting to the greens here. I had the same problem last week. I don’t really blame how he played. I’m looking forward to playing with him again tomorrow.
Chan Yih-shin (Tpe) – First Round 66 (-5)
My putter was very good today, took only 27 putts on the greens. Made like about five putts from the eight foot range which is always very nice. The course here is not an easy course to play on, so I am happy. I think I got lucky as well with my putting. My driving was pretty average but I didn’t miss the fairways by much. My iron play was solid as I manage to hit a lot of greens in regulation which is important here.
Last year, I didn’t play very well on Tour and unfortunately lost my Tour card which was disappointing. This is only my third tournament of the season on the Asian Tour, so hopefully I can find some good form for the rest of the week.
I will try to use my two wins on Tour as a motivation for me to push for a win this week. But I have to be realistic that today is still only the first day of the tournament and there is a lot of golf remaining.
S.S.P. Chowrasia (Ind) – First Round 66 (-5)
I started very well as I was five-under. I struggled a bit on the back but it was still a good round. This is a short but very tricky golf course. You always have to place the ball at the right spots. You must hit your ball straight as well because there is a lot of hazards here.
This is a very good score. I made some good putts and that helped in my round. I’m doing okay on the Asian Tour. I’ve been working on every aspect of my game and I think the hard work is starting to show results.
I had two long putts in the round on holes nine (30 feet) and 14th (25 feet from outside the green).
Hung Chien-yao of Taiwan Hung Chien-yao of Taiwan
Hung Chien-yao (Tpe) – First Round 67 (-4)
This is my second time playing here and I like this golf course. It is quite a good course because the greens are fast and firm.
I chipped in (12 yards edge of the green) for eagle on the short par five fifth hole. I missed a birdie on the next hole but it is okay because this is part of golf. The only bad thing for my round is the double bogey (seventh hole) where I mishit my drive and it landed next to a tree. I punched out and dropped two shots there.
It (double bogey) didn’t really bother me because I accept the bad and good in golf. I played well on the back nine and made a lot of birdies. I hit another bad drive on the last hole and finished with a bogey but I’ll still take this score!
I lost my Asian Tour card last year but I won the Order of Merit in Chinese Taipei so it was still a good season for me. As long as I have fun then it is still okay. Even though I didn’t finish inside the top-60 on the Order of Merit, it was still a good experience for me considering it was my first year.
I will play as much as I can on the Asian Tour through my country exemption and make full use of it.
Sattaya Supupramai (Tha) – First Round 68 (-3)
I’m very happy with my round. It was quite windy in the morning but I still played my round shot-by-shot. I played with Lin Wen-hong and Nicholas Pua of Malaysia, who can speak Thai, so I felt at home!
Sattaya Supupramai of Thailand Sattaya Supupramai of Thailand
You need a lot of patience and concentrate on every shot on this golf course. It can frustrate you but I kept myself calm by looking at the birds and trees.
A lot of my confidence comes because of the Asian Development Tour (ADT). I’ve learnt how to handle the pressure by playing on the ADT and now I’m a much better player as you can see from my result today.
I eagled the fifth hole. I hit a good drive (360 yards) and my eight iron second shot (155 yards) to three feet, which I holed. I just changed to a new driver and it has helped me hit my drives longer. The technology has certainly helped me.
Adam Groom (Aus) – First Round 68 (-3)
I played really well and didn’t do much wrong until I double bogeyed the last. I hit my three wood behind a tree. My next shot ricochet off the tree sideways and three putted. It was a bad way to finish which was quite disappointing because I didn’t have a bogey all day. I’ve had good results in this event but on a different golf course but I’m happy to be back and playing well again. It is a tough course where you can slip down the leaderboard as fast as you go up.
SHAABAN HUSSIN (MAS) – FIRST ROUND 68 (-3)
I’m very happy. I could have played better as my putting didn’t work for me. On four holes, I missed five foot putts for par. Missed a birdie putt on 18 as well. But I’m still happy that I put in a good score.
Playing on my home course is an advantage. I didn’t hit it too good but wherever I missed it, I knew how to try to get it up and down for pars. I know where to put the ball on the green to have an easier putt. But sometimes, it doesn’t work but it’s okay.
Happy to shoot two eagles, which was unbelievable. On the fifth, I hit an eight iron to about three feet and then I chipped it in on the next hole. But on seven, I made a double. Pulled my tee shot. I was thinking of trying for my third eagle !
I was in contention in 2009. Myself and Siva Chandhran were in contention. My game was quite strong then. I remember the course was also firm then and the greens were also firm. This week, I can feel like maybe I can do the same thing again. We’ll see.