Yeangder TPC-Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 11 Sep 2014

Yeangder TPC-Rd 1 What They Said

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Taipei, September 11: Read what players have to say following their opening rounds at the US$500,000 Yeangder TPC on Thursday. Angelo Que of the Philippines hogged the limelight when he aced the fifth hole to take home an Audemars Piguet watch worth NT584,000 (approx. US$19,000) and NT200,000 in cash (approx. US$6,500).
Elmer Salvador (Phi) – First Round 66 (-6)
I am very happy with my round today. My putting was very good. I had three long putts from about 20 feet on holes seven, 15 and 17. I haven’t been doing well on the Asian Tour this season. My driver was not working well for me, even today, luckily my putting was good. I’ve been using the same driver. I’m not sure why it’s not working.
My putting saved my round. I was hitting my drives all over the golf course! I had one bogey on the ninth hole and that was caused by a wayward drive.
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Prom Meesawat (Tha) – First Round 67 (-5)
Yes I’m happy because I didn’t have a practice round. This is my second time back here since playing in the event in 2010. It is very difficult to putt on the greens.
I was very relaxed and kept the ball in play. My body condition is not at its best because I just flew in from Switzerland. I just want to put the ball in play and relax. That’s what I did which resulted in my good score.
It is so difficult to putt on these greens. When my ball is on the green, I try to hit it as close as I can to the hole. I had two longs putts. I hit a 30-feet putt on the 13th hole and 25-feet on seven. It will definitely help if you hole some long putts on this golf course!
I don’t feel jetlag but I’m struggling with the temperature change. It was six degrees last week and now we are playing in 30 degrees! Hopefully I can hang on until the end of the week.
Lien Lu-sen (Tpe) – First Round 67 (-5)
I’ve been working on my mental game for the longest time in my career. I used to doubt my own capabilities in the past whenever I don’t play well. However, it’s getting a lot better now. I gave myself a lot of chances to score today. I didn’t make any mistakes and everything worked out nicely for me, especially my putting and chipping. I played very consistently out there. I told myself not to think about the results out there as that would give me pressure. I just try to enjoy my game as much as I can out there and don’t think so much. I went to the Japan Golf Tour Qualifying School a few weeks ago and I’ve had some good results over there. I don’t feel as much stress in my game anymore having taken on a more positive mindset now. The stress has in fact turned into motivation for me. I gave myself one more chance to strive and do well in my golf career.
Angelo Que (Phi) – First Round 68 (-4)
This is my third hole-in-one so far in my career. I had two hole-in-ones during the practice round of the 2011 Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters.
I hit the ball with my seven iron to about 25 feet short of the hole and it just rolled in. I jumped for joy when the ball disappeared! That hole-in-one was awesome.
I had a solid round. I am not going to complain. I missed some putts because these greens are very hard to putt on. I holed a lot of putts for pars. I made an eagle on the first and a hole-in-one so I cannot complain. I am very pleased with how I played. Hopefully I can keep that up.
I’ve been playing well here for the past two to three years. It’s always nice coming to play here in Chinese Taipei because it is on the same golf course and the same sponsor every year. They really make us feel so at home.
You really have to putt well to score. Everybody is struggling with their putting here. It’s hard to read the greens. It’s rolling nice but it’s hard to see whether it’s going right or left. I’ve been working a lot with my coach during the summer break.
I’ve played a few events on the local Tour as well as the Asian Development Tour just to push myself. I also spent time with the family. Everything’s good. I think all I need is more luck to push through.
I haven’t set any targets for myself for the season. I go week by week now. I haven’t been doing well this season. I’m quite far away on the Order of Merit.
My goal is to finish top five in every tournament I play in but it depends on how I play during practice rounds. I’m keeping the goals pretty realistic this year. This week, I’m feeling great about my game here so I will be aiming for top three or top five.  Nobody can assure a win as it’s difficult with the high quality of players out here.
Antonio Lascuna (Phi) – First Round 68 (-4)
It is a tough golf course with very tricky greens so I’m happy with my effort. I won three straight events in the Philippines including one on the Asian Development Tour (ADT).
I haven’t missed a single cut on the Asian Tour yet because I’m really focussed on qualifying for the CIMB Classic. I really want to play in the event.
I changed my swing with my coach (Joel Altea). Before changing my swing, I felt pain in my back when I swing.  Now it is feeling better and I’m playing more consistently.
Hsu Hao-sheng (Tpe) – First Round 68 (-4)
I turned professional last June and I’m enjoying it so far. This is my home course. I’ve been playing here for the past two years already. I guess that was an advantage for me. I’m happy to be in contention right now. My driver was really good today.
Danny Chia (Mas) – First Round 68 (-4)
Danny Chia of Malaysia Danny Chia of Malaysia
I hit a lot of good drives today. I think that helps a lot especially on this golf course. I took advantage of the par-five here as well. It was a good ball-striking round today. I had a tough time on the putting greens but I had some lucky putts today.
You need a lot of luck to play well here, especially on the putting greens. What you see may not be what you get here. The greens are really tricky here. You definitely need to hit a lot of good drives to score well on this golf course. If I continue to hit the ball like how I did today, I will aim to finish in top-five this week. We will see how it goes.
It was a mixture of everything today but overall, I thought my ball-striking was pretty good. It has been kind of up and down for me this season. It’s all based on my body conditions due to my shoulder injury. I will try and play as much as I can.
Gunn Charoenkul (Tha) – First Round 69 (-3)
I had a (left) wrist injury for about a month so I’m happy with the result. I inflamed my wrist after Queen’s Cup. I think I overworked myself and forgot to stretch.
I haven’t been playing too well on the Asian Tour so my sponsors flew in Shane Gillespie (same coach as Siddikur Rahman). We worked together and my game seems to be getting better.
I won four events this year and this was during my injury! It was weird because I played better when I was injured. Maybe I should injure myself more (laughs).
It was a good round. I had a reasonable front nine but tried to play more conservatively on the back and it worked!
There were no highlights in my round. I made up-and-downs when I needed to and didn’t make many any mistakes. That really helped my game. It is hard to get a good score when the greens are bumpy. You need to be patient and not be too aggressive.
You really need to put yourself in the game and focus to stay in the hunt.