Yeangder TPC-Preview What They Said

Tue 09 Sep 2014

Yeangder TPC-Preview What They Said

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Taipei, September 9: Read what players have to say ahead of the US$500,000 Yeangder TPC in Chinese Taipei this week.
LU WEI-CHIH (TPE)
It’s been a mixture of feelings for me coming back here this week. It seems like a lot has happened since I last won here in 2011. I have had a lot of good memories here so I’m feeling excited to come back here again. My health is getting better and my fitness has improved a lot. I still have to go for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans every six months. The next one is due next week. Hopefully it turns out well.
I have put in a lot of hard work since my comeback last year. I’m still trying my best to do well. I just had a third place finish on the local Tour two weeks ago and that has given me a lot of confidence. I’m glad to see that my game is slowly picking up.
I managed to make halfway cuts in the two consecutive events on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) last month as well. I’m happy with how I have been performing so far.  My fitness was a lot worse when I first came back to play last year. I used to get tired very easily.
I will keep working hard. I know it takes time. I am definitely hoping to win this tournament again.
CHAN SHIH-CHANG (TPE)
Things started to change for me since winning my first ADT title in Sabah last year. It kind of set me in the right mindset whenever I play in tournaments. It was different from winning on the domestic circuit. It’s like another level up and I felt that I’ve improved. That win in Sabah has given me a lot of confidence in my game.
The quality of players on the ADT are very strong too. It was not any easier winning on the ADT, as compared to the Asian Tour. There are a lot of good players on the ADT too. Although the tournaments are of smaller scale, it is still a good platform for players to advance their careers.
My world ranking broke into top 200 after I won the Taifong Open in July. It was a great feeling. I didn’t expect my world rankings to improve so much just from playing on the ADT. Being the highest ranked player from Chinese Taipei now, I must say it came with pressure but in a good way. I would have to work hard to maintain as the leading Chinese Taipei player as I am also aiming  to get into the Olympics in 2016. It would be an honour if I can represent my country in the Olympics.
It’s been a really great year for me. I didn’t expect myself to do so well on the ADT this year. This week is an important week for me and I want to keep the trophy on home soil so as to repay my boss Emmet Hsu, who is sponsoring the event. I have to admit that there is some pressure playing this week, having finished as the top Chinese Taipei player last year and obtaining a series of good results so far this season. However, I will try not to think about it and just focus on my game. I am confident to playing well this week so hopefully I can extend my good form to this tournament.
CHAN KIM (USA)
I’ve been playing well the last few weeks. My game is coming back into shape and with my experience here last year, I’m definitely looking forward to this week.
I think having a good short game is the key to play well here. The greens are so firm here. You are going to miss some greens and being able to get up and down would be the key to play well here.
I struggled in the first quarter of the season where I missed three consecutive cuts. I had a couple of back issues and it wasn’t the best start to the season. However, I managed to play well in Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines in the next quarter before the summer break so I’m feeling pretty confident now.
My goal for the rest of the season is definitely to stay within top 60 to keep my card for next year but I will work towards getting into top-20 on the Order of Merit at the end of the season.
DANIEL CHOPRA (SWE)
It’s a pleasure coming back to Chinese Taipei this week. I’ve been coming here since I was 14 years old. I’ve had great success here. I won the Taiwan Open in 1995 and the Mercuries Taiwan Masters in 2001. It’s a place that I always love coming back to as it holds a lot of good memories for me.
My game seems to be reinvigorated every time I come back to play in Asia. It always gets me motivated to start playing well again. I’ve had injuries for the past couple of years but my form has been not too bad recently. I guess it’s just a matter of how you play when your body is hurting but having said that, I’m getting a lot better now.
I played the course for the first time yesterday and I really like it. It’s old style. The greens are firm and just a little bit slow which makes it tricky but that’s the fun of it. I think the key to score is to hit as many fairways as you can out there. Hopefully this week will be the lead for me to start playing more events out here.