WHSM Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 19 Sep 2014

WHSM Rd 2 What They Said

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Anirban Lahiri (Ind) – Second Round 68 (-3), Total 132 (-10)
By all means, it is, it’s tough out there. You have to be consistent off the tee and keep yourself in play. If you miss the fairway, there’s almost no control of the ball and everytime I missed the fairway, I was always fighting to save par.
Today was different, it was a bit of a struggle. I played well on the par fives and got myself into good positions and made a good putt on the last. I feel good about my game and I just want to go out there to play solid.
When you play well, when you come back to the course, you feel confident. When I got in here on Tuesdya, I had good memories from last year. When I went out there, I had that in mind and I can play well on the golf course.
I was overthinking today and had 100 things going on in my mind. But on the seventh hole, we were held up a little bit by the group in front and that gave me the opportunity to clear my head. I started talking to my caddie about inane things and when we were ready to play again, it cleared my head. So that’s what I will need to do the next time I overthink on the golf course.
Made birdie on five from three feet with an eight iron and then chipped it close at the next hole. I rolled in a 20-footer on the last hole which was about the only putt I made all day today. 10-under-par is a good score and I think the lead could be about three shots at the end of the day.
David is quite ahead of me on the Merit list and I don’t want to start thinking that I’ve got to start winning this or that. I’m focused on trying to improve my world ranking into the top-50 and if I continue to play well, I’m sure the results will show.
Cameron Smith (Aus) – Second Round 66 (-6), Total 134 (-8)
S.S.P Chowrasia of India S.S.P Chowrasia of India
It is nice to up on the leaderboard. I’ve been playing quite solid and I’ve putted better this week compared to last week. Hopefully the putts keep dropping. The main key is to hit it on the fairway because the rough is quite thick and the fairways are narrow. You need to give yourself some opportunities and make the most out of it.
My time (win) will come. Obviously you need to play well during the weekend to stand a chance to win. I haven’t been doing that yet.
S.S.P. Chowrasia (Ind) – Second Round 70 (-1), Total 136 (-6)
I missed a few putts and that explains my score. There are two more days to go so hopefully I play well.
I’m four shots behind and I hope to put up a good competition. Four shots is really nothing on this golf course. I will try my best.
I’m trying to win outside of India. I’m still trying. This year my form is good. I’ve been practising very hard. In the last couple of weeks I’ve managed to get my driver and putter working so I’m looking forward to the last two days.
I’ve been practising hard so my result is better. I won’t change my game plan even though I’m chasing the leader. I will just focus on my own game.
Chapchai Nirat (Tha) – Second Round 69 (-2), Total 137 (-5)
Yeah I’m very happy. I’m feeling very good with my game at the moment. I don’t know why but my game from tee-to-green has been good since Switzerland. I feel very comfortable with my game.
It is a tough golf course because you might get an unlucky bounce here. It is a bit softer after the rain last night though.
I’m feeling very hungry for a win. I don’t know why I haven’t won for such a long time. I might need a bit of luck to win again. Overall my game is still good so I might pull through this week. But we have to see how Anirban plays because he is on form at the moment.
Jake Higginbottom (Aus) – Second Round 65 (-6), Total 137 (-5)
There wasn’t too much different compared to yesterday. I just hold more putts on my front nine. I played really solid without any bogeys so that was good.
The greens were a little softer so you could attack some greens. It isn’t easy making birdies on the back nine. I played nicely and I’m happy with the result.
I played solid yesterday but finished double bogey, bogey. I tried to play the same like yesterday but minimised the mistakes. Obviously I did a good job.
I went over to the United States and played in some small events. I actually won one event in North Carolina in mid-July. I tried to keep playing during the break and my game is in good shape.
It is better and easier playing in your second year on the Asian Tour. You know the golf course better and that helps a lot.
Shaaban Hussin of Malaysia Shaaban Hussin of Malaysia
David Lipsky (Usa) – Second Round 66 (-5), Total 138 (-4)
I hit the ball really well and could have shot a lot lower. I played pretty solid. I was playing well to be honest. My score (first round) didn’t reflect how I was playing. I was just feeling really tired after the last couple of weeks. I had a good night’s rest and I’m feeling slightly better.
I made an eagle on 13. I made two good shots into the par five and holed a good 10 feet putt. If I keep doing what I did today then I should fine. If my putts drop, then I’ll have a chance during the weekend.
Shaaban Hussin (Mas) – Second Round 70 (-1), Total 138 (-4)
I’m definitely happy because I’m still up there on the leaderboard. I started off slowly but luckily I came back with my eagle on the first hole. I didn’t get off to a good start and my confidence went down.
I tried to stay focus and I started fighting back. The turning point was the eagle on hole number one. It was an excellent shot with my pitching wedge (120 metres) and my ball went directly into the hole. There was no bounce. I thought my ball went over the green but I saw some scratches on the cup of the hole and I found my ball in the hole.
After that I double bogeyed number two but recovered with some birdies. It was a ‘simple’ double bogey after hitting my tee shot into the rough. I wasn’t really in any trouble but walked away with a double bogey. I was trying to get more eagles but I got a wrong number instead!
I think I can do better than 2009 (finished tied 11th). I want to finish lower that what I did previously. I think I’m in contention and anything can happen. Hopefully I can minimise on my mistakes and avoids the bogeys and double bogeys!