#WorldCupofGolf Rd 2 What They Said

Fri 25 Nov 2016

#WorldCupofGolf Rd 2 What They Said

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Team China, Second Round 65 (-7), Total 132 (-12)
Q.  Got off to a great start today, big putt on the second.
WU ASHUN:  Yeah, it was a big putt the second hole and make a birdie, so very exciting to start the game.  My partner was very good today and so proud of him, yeah.
Q.  I saw he also made a big putt on 3 straight after you, but I was interested today, a number of times when you played    this is to you, Li    you played first when in effect you were away with the shot further away.  Any sort of plan because of that?
LI HAOTONG:  Yes, because front nine my tee shot was really good and turning to the back nine just start pulling the shot, you know, and my older brother just say hey, let's play safe first and let me play driver.  So that's why we change.
Q.  Well, very good, so you're running the tee, are you, Wu?  You're helping Li on the way around?
WU ASHUN:  No, we have a plan.  This is our plan, right?  So just put the ball on the fairway, on the green, so that's our plan to keep the ball into play, yeah.
Q.  You're back into the foursomes tomorrow.  Are you going to keep the same order as you played the first day?  One played off the odds, the other played off the evens, the same way, or are you going to change that over?
LI HAOTONG:  I think just be normal, you know, just keep like first round.  And tomorrow going to be really tough because especially we are in the final group and should be have a lot of sports, so hopefully we play good and play some decent shot.
Q.  Let's talk about what has been working as partners this week for you guys.
LI HAOTONG:  Yeah, it's quite nice actually.  When I play bad, Ashun going to play good.  So we just, just play average and birdie hole we make birdie, tough hole we make par, so I think there's a goal.
Q.  Ashun, you are a little bit older than Haotong.
WU ASHUN:  Very old.
Q.  And you played Olympic games together.  Have you guys became close friends in recent years?
Wu Ashun Wu Ashun
WU ASHUN:  Yeah, yeah, we are very good friends because I know him very well and we practice in the same golf course.  So I know him very well, he know me also very well and we play Olympic together also.  So I think we are the best partner, yeah.
Q.  Okay.  Haotong, you are born in 1995, the year when the World Cup first went to China.
LI HAOTONG:  Oh, really?
Q.  Yeah.  Bringing up as a young golfer, did you hear much about the World Cup in China and stuff like that?
LI HAOTONG:  Right, right, especially last time.  I think about 10 years it in China, right?  Only in China.  So I mean, for me everything is too quick, you know.  When I play golf, I don't think I can get in World Cup one day, so it's kind of like dream come true.  So it's very, very impressive actually for myself.  Yeah, it's very, very good event and especially also in China.  Everybody will very focus on the World Cup when we play.
Q.  What would it mean to you if you and Wu can actually win the World Cup?  What would it mean to you, for golf in China, for Asia?
LI HAOTONG:  Yeah, I think a present by a national, a China.  So if we win, it's going to be a huge win, it's like national win.  It's quite different than normal event.
Q.  Ashun, are you excited that you guys will be in the last pairing tomorrow, have a chance going into the weekend?
WU ASHUN:  Yeah, of course.  I'm very excited to play tomorrow and play the weekend with Haotong.  I think we can play good this week and yeah, let's see, let's see tomorrow.
Team Chinese Taipei, Second Round 65 (-7), Total 139 (-5)
Q.  Guys, great round today.  How was it out there for you?
C.T. PAN:  It was great.  I mean, we fought it back.  We had a terrible start.  I mean, personally my focus wasn't on, wasn't sharp, so I think my partner done the first couple holes, first three holes.  But we fought it back.  We made nine birdies on the last 15 holes and then we missed a couple here and there.  So yeah, we definitely fought it back and we are really happy with the score today.
Q.  How was the course playing out there?
C.T. PAN: I think the hole locations out here are tougher just because it's four ball, so I think the tournament will assume it's playing, it will be easier, so I think the hole location will be tougher.  And it's windy and, you know, it's hard.
Q.  A lot of positives to take into the weekend?
C.T. PAN:  Yeah.  I mean, we both hit it good and we both feel confident about our games.  You know, we made a couple mistakes, but we just forget it and move on and play our best and I think we've got a good chance.
Q.  Yesterday you guys didn't finish too well.  Talk about it, how do you guys move on from there?
C.T. PAN:  Yeah, we talk about it.  We are really superstitious.  Like on 17 tee box we took out our jackets yesterday and we told ourselves not to do that today.  I think that's a bad sign, to fix it.  And we finished par par today, missed a birdie putt on the last hole, so it was good, it was a good fix.
Q.  Chan, apart from two holes yesterday, you guys played the alternate shot really well yesterday and tomorrow we go to alternate
Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei
shot.  How are you feeling about tomorrow's day.
CHAN:  I think tomorrow we are best.  Yesterday just missed the last two hole and then today we (inaudible) the field.  I think tomorrow is good.
Q.  You're right in the hunt now in the tournament.  Does that create greater adrenaline for you, greater excitement for you?
C.T. PAN:  Yeah, absolutely, we're really excited it.  We're always happy when we play good out there and it's good to have a chance and Chinese Taipei won in 1972, so it will be good to in contention get.
Q.  How much of 1972 is in your mind this week?
C.T. PAN:  Like I said earlier this week, we were told when we, I mean when we grew up playing golf, practicing, so it's definitely a good memory of the Chinese Taipei, so we want to hopefully we can do that again.
Q.  You guys seems to be partnering really well out there on the golf course, having some fun as well.  What's the chemistry about you two?
C.T. PAN:  Well, he's like my bigger brother, so he treats me well.  We talk about why we won so we are very open to each other.  And we had a really good partnership in Doha in 2006, Asian Games.  We played great, so we just kind of carry on from there and we both know each other very well.
Q.  What are some of the things that you guys have been talking during the round the last two days to keep yourself relaxed and lose?
C.T. PAN:  A lot of encouragement, like we started terrible today but my bigger brother told me just keep focus and we'll make mistake and there are still a lot of opportunities out there, which we took advantage and it was great.
Team Thailand, Second Round 66 (-6), Total 139 (-5)
Q.  Nice to finish the round with a nice birdie there?
THONGCHAI JAIDEE:  Yeah, we're a good team, that's why I said to you, wind is very strong out there.  We are partners, we're going to attack, that's why we play.  But we had missed a few putts.  It's okay, I know the four ball going to be much easier than yesterday.
Q.  Kiradech, are you happy?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  No, it's just been a disappointing day for me.  Didn't strike the ball good, I missed a lot of putts and kind of struggled when he made a mistake.  We got one bogey. When you're playing four ball, the big mistake, we don't let a stroke go to waste.
Q.  What is not working for you, Kiradech?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  I don't know, maybe the wind is strong today and I tried to force myself too much.  Tried to hit, tried to get some more length and try to control the distance.  But you know how when the wind is strong it's really difficult to control all of it.  But I think I've been trying so hard and then put a lot of pressure on myself today.
Q.  So it sounds like Thongchai was the hero for the team?
Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  It is.  He was playing so well today.  He's getting a lot of chances and made big putts on 16 and the birdie on the last, you know, when I didn't get good start so it's very difficult.
Q.  Thongchai, back to foursomes tomorrow, a little bit harder but is there anything that you can learn from yesterday's foursomes that you can apply and make it better for you guys?
THONGCHAI JAIDEE:  I don't change anything about my plan with Kiradech. You have to be consistent and then anything you're comfortable.  For me and Kiradech, I know he worried about we play last time together. For me tomorrow going to be another good day.  Hopefully another good day tomorrow.  Maybe good chance.  Keep it close, going to be nice to be maybe tomorrow 3, 4 under par.  Going to be nice.
Q.  Denmark is like a few shots in front but it's nothing when you're going for play foursomes tomorrow?
THONGCHAI JAIDEE:  I think foursomes are going to be challenged tomorrow.  You have to play like not even your own game, you have to play like different game tomorrow to catch up tomorrow anyway.  Kiradech is going to come back tomorrow anyway.  I know he going to be coming back tomorrow.  I told him you're going to be great anyway.  He can make something.  Tomorrow going to be a very challenge.
Team India, Second Round 66 (-6), Total 140 (-4)
Q.  SSP, how did it feel?
SHIV CHAWRASIA:  Yeah, we feel great today because we shoot 6 under and play both good today, yeah.  And next two day we looking forward.
Q.  Chikka, was that a good comeback?
CHIKKARANGAPPA S.:  Yeah, I think I didn't have a good start on the front nine, I was kind of here and there, but somehow I managed to just come back well on the back nine and give some confidence to my partner at least.  I was a bit off on the front nine but managed to get some birdies. Overall, I think 6 under is a good round to finish.
Q.  Was it a team contribution with both of you equally contributing with your birdies?
Chikkarangappa S. of India Chikkarangappa S. of India
CHIKKARANGAPPA: Absolutely because I've been supported more by my partner because whenever I hit a bad shot or even when I'm not in play, he just kept telling me it's okay, it's all right, just stay in there, just try and think of the shot and just play whatever and there's nothing to lose, just go out there and enjoy ourselves.  I did well on the back nine.
Q.  SSP, top 6 position right now going into the weekend rounds.  Must be quite pleased with this position.
CHAWRASIA:  Well, we are just trying to hold the position and tomorrow we're trying to do a little bit more back there because I know the leader right now is 11 under so we are five, six behind, and two days to go and this course anything can happen so we just play our own game and that's it.
Q.  Chikka, back to alternate shot tomorrow, which is a bit harder, were there any lessons that you guys learned yesterday that you can apply for tomorrow?
CHIKKARANGAPPA:  Yeah, obviously yesterday obviously playing in that condition and we played the format before so basically it was the kind of you're feeling a bit odd and also getting to your next shot off sometimes is probably 15 minutes later, so we just have to keep warm and keep our self in good shape.  So we've learned from that and hopefully tomorrow just go out there and do better.
Q.  SSP, last question, what will be the main thing for you guys to do tomorrow?
SHIV CHAWRASIA:  We just focusing on we hit ball straight in the fairway, and them green.  We get more birdie chances if we hit a green, so that's tomorrow really focus.  Hit green and get more birdie chances.
Team Philippines, Second Round 67 (-5), Total 144 (E)
Angelo Que of Philippines Angelo Que of Philippines
It’s still pretty good. Five under, we did make some mistakes, made two bogeys in better ball is not good. But we came back strong on the back nine with those four straight birdies. We played a great game, fun to be with Miguel and we did the best that we could do. Hopefully the wind starts to below harder for the rest behind us. Tomorrow is the most important day. If we can stay within reach, it’s anybody’s ball game. Scotland was six over yesterday and today they shot seven under. If you can shoot max of one or two over tomorrow, that would be good and then go low on Sunday. We need to avoid bogeys in the foursomes tomorrow. The field in this event is dreading the alternate shot.
Miguel Tabuena
I hit the line I wanted to on 18 but it didn’t go in. Five under is good but the bogeys were a no-no. I guess it’s still everyone’s game, the scores are pretty much bunched. Being alternate shot, we need make up ground tomorrow if we can play well. We are both playing well, so I guess whoever who makes the most putts tomorrow will be the key.
Team Malaysia, Second Round 68 (-4), Total 145 (+1)
Nicholas Fung
We didn’t play bad today, made four birdies and no bogeys which is decent for the foursomes. We wanted to go low but didn’t manage to. There are two more days to go. Conditions were tough, pins were tough and it was windy out there. Will need a better plan tomorrow.
Danny Chia
It got quite tricky with the winds. We putted better today. We made some which was nice. The key thing is the alternate shot. If we can manage to shoot under par tomorrow, it can make a big difference. Four under today, we didn’t do much. If we can get under par tomorrow, it will make a difference. In alternate shot, there’s so much pressure, so let’s see how we handle ourselves. We can achieve any score we can achieve, that’s why we are here. But this alternate shot format can get to you as it creates additional pressure. Before we started today, I told Nicholas that there’s nothing to apologise when you hit a bad shot as I’m sure he’s trying his hardest out there. I’m also trying my best.