WHSM - Round 1 What They Said

Thu 20 Jun 2013

WHSM - Round 1 What They Said

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Pariya Junhasavasdikul (Tha) – First Round 66 (-5)
Everything just went my way. I was hitting it really straight on my front nine and everything just clicked. When I went to the back nine, I stumbled on the par-three third hole but I recovered really good with three birdies.
I’m just hitting it well and got the momentum going. I had a struggle on number three but I came back really good. The game is good and I’m staying positive. I played in Koh Samui last week (Queen’s Cup) and that course makes this golf course look like a wide open course! You got to be patient because the course will give you birdies and you need to hold on to that.
I’m trying to get over the ball a little bit more. When I hit my downswing I back-off a little bit and that’s not good. I’m trying to get over the ball and I don’t know if that’s working or not but the short game saved me a lot. My putting has been good also.
I’m not focussed on anything. I enjoyed going out there with Richard T. Lee and Marcus (Both). They are great guys. You just have to enjoy the game.
I came back from Samui and the course looks wide open. If you keep hitting the fairways and give yourself opportunities, then anything can happen.
Baek Seuk-hyun (Kor) – First Round 67 (-4)
I wasn’t confident in the morning. I changed a bit of my swing and my game came back when I started my round. I played really well on my front nine. My putts just seem to go in and my ball went where I wanted it to go.
At the Queen’s Cup, my weight during impact was more to the right side. I tried to change it more to the left so my downswing will be
Gavin Green of Malaysia Gavin Green of Malaysia
more pure. Chawalit Plaphol told me this last week and I’ve been practising.
I’ve been trying to play smarter. Last year I just wanted to go for it. This year I try to think about my next shot and calm down. That has given me a good result.
This is a really tough golf course. You can hit five-under today and maybe 10-over tomorrow! You have to control your shots a lot. You can’t just hit drivers out here. You have to pull out some of your irons and play smarter golf.
Gavin Green (Mas) – First Round 68 (-3)
I kept the ball in play. I didn’t do any crazy shots. I was very patient out there. I was trying to go ahead in the last couple of holes but I knew I had to stay calm.
I was burning a lot of cups. I hit a lot of good putts but none of them dropped for me. I was rolling it good but a couple of important putts went in and that’s good enough.
My key out here is to keep the ball in play. The greens are so firm and the fairways are not easy to hit out to get enough spin to stop the ball on the green. If you are hitting out of the rough, you can’t do anything crazy but just try to hit it on the fairway and go for par.
I don’t think I have to do anything special. I just have to keep giving myself birdie chances. It doesn’t matter if it is long or short birdie chances. My only bogey today was a three-putt. I hit 16 greens which is good. If I can keep that up and make more putts then my score will be better.
It was fun to be playing with Scott Hend and Anton Haig because we were hitting it really far! We were having like a driving contest especially on the par-fives where we hit it as hard as we can. One of the par fives, Scott and Anton got past me but on the other par five, I hit it past them. I guess it was even out.
Lin Wen-tang (Tpe) – First Round 68 (-3)
I putted well, took only 27 putts. Chipped in for birdie on 18 which is nice. My driver was not good today. Sometimes, I wanted to hit a cut shot but it went straight. You need to be mentally strong on this course, as it’s a difficult course. Greens are very hard, and it’s difficult to control the ball. That’s why I think you need to chip and putt well this week which is very important. Some luck involved as
Nicholas Fung of Malaysia Nicholas Fung of Malaysia
airways are hard, you can get a kick into the jungle or a bounce into the right spot. On the par five fifth hole, I hit my driver and got lucky with a big kick which left me only with an eight iron into green for an easy birdie. Since winning in the Philippines (Solaire Open), my game is really coming back. I won a matchplay tournament in Taipei last month. So  my game is feeling really good, especially with my chipping.
Nicholas Fung (Mas) – First round 70 (-1)
I struggled a bit on the first nine. After the seventh hole, I started to hit it good and got some birdies but found trouble on the last three holes. I pulled my drive into the jungle and dropped a bogey. Missed a short birdie chance on 17. On the last hole, I hit a good drive but hit a bad second shot for another bogey. You can’t really miss shots here. I’m going to hit some balls at the range, hit a few irons so that I can get it better. My putting is good. I switched back to the short putter this week after using the belly putter last week. Need my irons to be closer to the pins. I’m not hitting the irons well enough.