#WorldCupofGolf Rd 1What They Said

Wed 23 Nov 2016

#WorldCupofGolf Rd 1What They Said

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Melbourne, November 23: Read what players have to say ahead of the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf which gets underway from November 24 to 27 this week.
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
We have played so much golf together over the years and we know each other’s game so well. It’s very exciting to be here as a team. I think it’ll be fun. We are also playing for Thailand which is another proud occasion. It’s a good chance for us to win the trophy. In this format, anything can happen. For me, it’s a matter of performing and putting together our game plan.
Kiradech drives the ball so well which is so important here. Once he hits his tee shots, we’ll have to work together on how we will tackle the holes especially for tomorrow’s foursomes. His long game is so good that I’m going to be counting on him.
Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand
There are a lot of strong teams here this week but we’re not going to be thinking about them. We’ll just focus on our own game and try to play our best golf. I think we always have a chance to win and it would be great if we can as there are so many top names on the trophy. When I enter a tournament, I always think that we have a chance so this week is the same.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
Our strategy will change a bit, some teams may struggle if they don’t play together but TJ and I have spent so much time that we know each other so well that I can count on him on the golf course. We’ve played together also in the EurAsia Cup.
Thongchai is such as experienced player and he is one of the most consistent golfers in the game that I know I can count on him. I’ve always looked up to him in the past when I was growing up and it’s nice to have a chance to play together in Melbourne.
The last time I was in Melbourne, I finished tied fifth in the individual category in the World Cup in 2013, so coming back to the city brings back a lot of positive memories. I’ve also spent some time in the city here as my wife used to study here.
Conditions could be challenging this week with the winds coming up so we’ll need to make sure our scoring is good especially in the foursomes. I’m looking forward to it.
C.T. Pan (Chinese Taipei)
It’s an honour to be here especially playing with Chan as we last represented Chinese Taipei in the 2006 Asian Games in Doha when we were amateurs. It’s like going back to old memories here and it’s good to be here with him.
After last week where I finished top-10 on the PGA Tour, it’s definitely a boost for me knowing that I can compete against the top players in the world. I’m happy to pick Chan as my partner as he’s won two tournaments recently, he’s experienced and obviously he knows how to win tournaments. We have a good team, it’s a team event and who knows what can happen out there.
In golf, you’re constantly hitting the best shot you can each time. As it’s a team event, we’ll go through the strategy especially in alternate shot, seeing which holes fit his eye better and which ones fit me better. It’s going to be a fun experience and I’m sure we are going to enjoy it
When I was a kid, we grew up practicing and hearing stories about Lu Liang-huan and Hsieh Min-nan winning the World Cup in 1972. So that’s always in our memories. This year, being able to come into the World Cup and representing Chinese Taipei, we’ve always wanted to do that as junior golfers.
Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei
Chan Shih-chang (Chinese Taipei)
I’m very happy we’re together again. It’s been 10 years and our careers have gone on different paths with him going to America while I’ve stayed in Asia. This week, I’m happy and honoured that we can play together again for Chinese Taipei.
It’s exciting to be here. I’ve got a good partner this week. I won’t be nervous so I think we will have a chance. When he asked me if I wanted to play with him in the World Cup, it’s a real honour as this tournament is very important.
I was really happy when he called me. This week, with the strong winds at Kingston Heath, I think we have a chance as in Chinese Taipei, it’s always strong wind and this is very much like home.
Angelo Que (Phi)
We’re really excited, it’s a team event and it’s a format where you can go all out in the better ball. One can play their own game and the other one can attack. With our games, we can easily switch it around. We’re very flexible.
Nothing will change. It’s another tournament and what you want to do is to be comfortable. I’m happy for him to do his own thing and I do my own thing, we don’t have to change anything. We are both playing well. Why change when it’s not broken.
When we started this morning, it was calm but then it blew non-stop. I’ve played here before when it’s windy and it’s anybody’s game when it’s this windy. You have to hit it good on this course and you need to know where to miss it. But if you miss it on the wrong side, not even a great short game will save you.
We’re not the favourites? It’s a different format and anybody playing here this week has a chance of winning. You need good breaks and hole some putts, you’ll never know.
Filipinos have been out there since the 1950s, I think we’ve just been dormant. It’s about time we shine and show the world that we’re here and we’re good enough to beat anyone.
It’s a risk to miss in Japan this week but y
Miguel Tabuena of Philippines Miguel Tabuena of Philippines
ou never know what was going to happen. I made my decision to come here and miss in Japan. I’ve had so many tournaments to do it (keep card) and if I don’t do it, it’s nobody’s fault but mine. It is a bit of a risk but you’ve got to take your chances.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
It’s nice to represent the Philippines, it’s nice to have someone to lean on in this team event. It’s exciting that we get to play for our country in a big event. We’re trying to just play our own game.
You can expect the Human Highlighter to show up this week but with me, I will try to match him a little (in regards to his clothing attire) but I don’t think I can be that bold!
Kingston Heath is a course where you have to hit it straight. It’s not the longest course and you’ve got to be smart to attack the greens. You can miss a bit and it’ll roll off the green.
We’re here as we deserved to be here. We don’t think ourselves as underdogs. We’ll be going out to play and see what happens. We have world class talent back home, we have a good local tour which helps us. It’s not just Angelo and I looking forward to the next World Cup. I’m glad that Angelo made time for this and to skip the Japan Tour event this week as he’s fighting for his card is a great effort form him. To skip an event to give the Philippines the best shot possible is a great.
Danny Chia (Mas)
It’s a great golf course. You pretty much need every shot in the bag, there are some short and tight holes, there are some good par threes and some long par fours. There’s a bit of everything here.
The game hasn’t been great. I’ve had problems with my driving the past few months. I’ve not had a chance to work with my coach too as we’ve been playing quite a bit. So it’s something I need to overcome this week. I’ll probably sacrifice distance on most holes and go with the hybrid to make it easy for Nicholas, especially in the foursomes (alternate shot). I’ll still try to work out the driver which I’ve just lost some confidence with it.
I didn’t really expect to play in the World Cup again after being out of it for so long. This will be my third appearance. At one stage, I was trying hard to catch Vijay Singh (Fiji) on the world rankings as I knew I was close to him. But I just missed out at the cut off time and it was just good news to us when Vijay decided to pull out.
Nicholas has been playing well recently. He also partnered me at the EurAsia Cup and I’m always impressed with the way he plays. I felt like he was someone I could rely on in a team format and I feel comfortable with him.
I was thinking of Nicholas, Gavin Green and even considered Ben Leong. Then after I checked out the golf course on the internet, I thought this course would suit Nicholas better and I’ve also played a lot of golf with Nicholas. We talk a lot about anything on the golf course and we understand each other’s games. I’ve known him for a long time now, so I know what he’s like.
Overall, he’s very consistent. He’s probably the straightest driver I’ve seen on Tour. It will help me a lot with my current problem with the driver. That would make it easy for me to pick another club off the tee.
The EurAsia Cup gave me a lot of positive memories. It’s different though from this week because it was match play, and we were aggressive. This week is strokeplay, so we need to make some decisions to keep the score going.
Nicholas Fung of Malaysia Nicholas Fung of Malaysia
Nicholas Fung (Mas)
We have put our focus on the alternate shot. In practive today, we were figuring out which holes we’ll take in the foursomes format (alternate shot). I think the course is quite open for me as I’m driving it good. You need to avoid the bunkers though and hit more fairways. The greens are very tough, so if you can hit more greens in regulation, you’ll have a better chance to score.
I’ve bene playing well recently which has given me more confidence. I’m still working hard on my driving and gaining more distance and you can see it’s better than before. There’s obviously a big advantage.
It’s good being here for my first World Cup. It’s been 15 years since Malaysia last played in this event. Teaming up with Danny is great, it’s a good opportunity for ud. We know each other’s game well as we play practice rounds regularly on Tour. As we spend so much time together, it’s easy to get along well with him. We also combined well in the EurAsia Cup this year, so I guess that’s why he picked me. Danny is a good putter, so whenever I can, I’ll make sure I put him in a good position on the greens.
I’ve not going to put expectations on ourselves. It’s my first time here. we want to go out, do our best and aim to have some fun on the golf course.
S.S.P Chawrasia of India S.S.P Chawrasia of India
S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind)
This is a really good course, I’m really enjoying myself here, feels a bit like a links course. My partner is playing good this year, so I think I’ve picked the right partner. I’ve won four times in India previously and everyone keeps telling me I’ve got to win outside of India. So that was in my mind for a while and finally I got that win (at the Resorts World Manila Masters two weeks ago). I’m now focusing more on winning and playing well anytime.
Winning obviously makes your confidence higher. I feel really good and I’m looking forward to the week. Chikka will also win very soon, he’s a great player and I’m sure the win will come next year.
We want to do our best this week and at the same time, we want to enjoy ourselves too and there’s a top field with the likes of Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler playing as well.
Back home last week, everyone was giving us encouragement especially after I won in Manila. Everyone is pushing us to succeed, which is a good thing as we’re getting a lot of support from our fans from our home town.
Winning obviously makes your confidence go higher. I feel really good and I’m looking forward to the week. Chikka will also win very soon, he’s a great player and I’m sure the win will come next year.
This is a really good course, I’m really enjoying myself here. My partner is playing good golf this year, so I think I’ve picked the right partner. We want to do our best and at the same time, we want to enjoy ourselves too and there’s a top field with the likes of Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler playing as well.
Back home last week, everyone was giving us encouragement especially after I won in Manila. Everyone is pushing us to succeed, which is a good thing as we’re getting a lot of support from our fans.
We won’t focus on the other teams. We’ll go out there to enjoy ourselves. We’ll have a clear mind, play our own games and if we play well, we can beat the other teams. I don’t think I’ll be telling Chikka what to do as he’s a rising star.
Chikkarangappa S. (Ind)
It’s been a great atmosphere, looking at the facilities and golf course, it’s brilliant. My partner was telling me he was going through a bad patch but that win in Manila has really given us a great push. I’m really happy for him as he was telling me prior to that he was a little bit off with his game. He came out fantastic, how he won the event which was also his first win outside of India. We’re both playing solid and I’m looking forward to the week.
End of the day, it’s all about us playing the right shots. Being a team event, it’s a bit different especially in the alternate shot. It’s going to be a team effort. We’ll work together to hit the right shots for the right results. We’ll be going to advice each other as much as possible.
It’s a different golf course. There’s less rough here and a lot of good bunkering. It’s in great shape and looks absolutely amazing. Hopefully the weather will get better!
Playing in a top field, we’re happy to be competing with them and it’s a great opportunity for us to go out there and do our best. We’re in good form, so we’re looking forward to the week.
Since SSP picked me as a partner, a lot of people has said that I’ve been given a great opportunity to play in the World Cup at such a young age of 24. SSP hasn’t played it this as well, so we want to go out there and try to make our country proud.
It’s been a great atmosphere this week, looking at the facilities and golf course at Kingston Heath which has been brilliant. And to do this charity shootout at the MCG is also a wonderful experience.
Being a team event, it’s going to be a bit different especially in the alternate shot. It’s going to be a team effort. We’ll work together to hit the right shots for the right results. We’ll be going to advice each other as much as possible.