Yeangder TPC: Rd 1 What They Said

Thu 12 Sep 2013

Yeangder TPC: Rd 1 What They Said

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Thitiphun Chuayprakong (Tha) – First Round 66 (-6)
I eagled the 10th hole (started on the back nine) and from there I felt confident. I was lucky with the putter but I’m still not feeling very confident with my driver because I made a swing change two weeks before the start of this event.
I worked hard during the break. I spent five to six hours practising golf and another hour and a half at the gym. I feel stronger now and I hope that this will help me win my first Asian Tour title. I was happy to see Pariya (Junhasavasdikul) win in Malaysia (in June) and I’m inspired to follow in his footsteps.
Sam Brazel (Aus) – First Round 68 (-4)
Yeah it is really good to see my name at the top of the leaderboard. I was pretty patient and didn’t make too many mistakes which was nice. I putted nicely so I hope to keep it going. I like this golf course but the greens are tricky. It was nice to birdie the 18th from eight feet.
Before joining the Asian Tour, I just played on the mini Tours in Australia. This is my first time on the main Tour. I tried a few times at Qualifying School but I was unsuccessful. I was lucky enough to get playing rights on the Asian Tour this year.
Chiragh Kumar (Ind) – First Round 68 (-4)
At the start of the day I just told myself to grind it out because I was sick. That kind of helped because I wasn’t trying anything extra. I think it kind of paid off. I don’t have the energy to practice so I’m going to take the bus and rest.
I was very patient. I missed a lot of putts but stayed patient after missing those putts. It is really hard to read the greens here. I didn’t let that affect me at all. It was a good long off-season. I took a holiday and practiced after that.
I wouldn’t want to blame on anything but I didn’t play too well last year. I have been struggling with an injury to my right ankle. Because of the injury, I couldn’t give it a 100% when I wanted to. I had to miss a few events because of that. Not really blaming it on that but that’s one of the reasons why I couldn’t perform.
I’m not a 100% healed yet but it seems that I’m getting better. My ankle is not hurting me right now.
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) – First Round 69 (-3)
It was a very good round because the wind was so strong out there even though I started early in the morning (7.40am). To be honest, I struggled with my irons. I didn’t hit my irons consistently.
I was fortunate to save my round with my putting. I haven’t been playing well because of my approach shots. I’ve changed at least eight set of irons since June.
This golf course is very difficult to play on. It can reward you and it can punish you. I started with a birdie, birdie start but finished on three-under. You can’t take anything for granted out here.
Matthew Stieger (Aus) – First Round 69 (-3)
It was pretty windy out there even though it was 8am in the morning. I got off to a quick start. I was three-under through six and found a bit of trouble on eight and nine. I birdied 10 then I holed out for an eagle two on 12.
I had a 120 metre into the wind. I had an eight-iron out at first but decided to use a nine iron. I had a punch shot in there and it went in the hole after one bounce. There was a bit of joy and a souvenir for this week.
I locked my clubs up for a month because it was a pretty tight schedule at the start of the season. I’ve been grinding in the last month and was fortunate to play in two local events before coming back to the Asian Tour.
Matthew Stieger of Australia Matthew Stieger of Australia
I love it on the Asian Tour. I don’t mind the heat that much. I’m enjoying myself out here. There are a lot of countries which I have not travelled to. The Asian Tour puts you on the right path and it makes you grind it out because it is never easy out here.
Jake Higginbottom (Aus) – First Round 69 (-3)
I played alright. It was nice and solid. It is always tough to comeback after a big break but I’ve been playing okay. I didn’t do much during the break. I just practised with my coach (Gary Barter).
I’m starting to play a little better. I’m getting comfortable out here. My main goal is to keep my Asian Tour card but obviously we always aim to win so let’s see what happens.
Adam Groom (Aus) – First Round 69 (-3)
This is my first round after coming back from the break so it is a good start. Hopefully it will be like this for the rest of the year!
I played okay. I was scratchy early on but hung in there. I started hitting the ball better from the fifth hole. I chipped in on eight (12 metres) and that kind of got me going. I finished with six pars but it would have been nice to birdie the last hole.
I was happy to get up-and-down on the eighth hole so it was kind of a bonus to get that birdie because I was in a bad lie. I made only 26 putts and that made a huge difference in my round. I’ve been working a lot on my short game during the break and it showed today.
I like this course. The layout is pretty cool but you have to play well on the greens because it is tricky to read the lines here.
I moved to Sydney to Perth. That was big news for me. My girlfriend, who is a lawyer, got transferred to Perth. We’ve been living there for a while now and I’m slowly getting used to the city and a new place for me to practice.
Rattanon Wannasrichan (Tha) – First round 70 (-2)
My short game was very good today and I hit a lot of fairways. My iron play is not as good today but it did not really affect my game. It’s really difficult to score today because of the strong winds in the morning. I need to try and hit as many fairways as I can in order to play well on this course.
I enjoy playing on the Asian Tour because there are a lot of good players here. I started playing golf at the age of nine and my father was the one who brought me into the game. It has been two years since I turned professional and I hope I can really do well in the remaining half of the season. The player whom I really look up to on the Asian Tour is Prayad Marksaeng. I played with him during the practice round yesterday and I thought he was really good. I hope I can be like him one day. Other Thai players like Prom Meesawat, who has got a lot of experience on the Asian Tour, will guide me along in my game. I’m really grateful to them.
I’ll try and keep to the same game plan for tomorrow and also keep up my momentum.
Mardan Mamat (Sin) – First round 71 (-1)
I’m pleased with my first round. The course is not playing easy especially with the strong wind and tricky greens. You need to have a good short game to play this course and save par.
Considering the conditions on the course, I’m happy with my score. I don’t want to talk about last week, that’s history. I want to look forward to this week’s tournament.
I don’t want to give myself too much expectation this week. I just want to play my game and enjoy my round. If you hole your putts on this course, you will walk away with a good score. That’s the key to a good round.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi) – First Round 72 (even par)
Hu Mu of China Hu Mu of China
My round was pretty good. I’m hitting the ball well. I didn’t make as many putts but I know my game is there. The golf course is quite tough because it was windy in the morning. I thought it was going to be pretty straight forward but the wind showed up and it got pretty tough.
I think the most challenging part of this golf course is hitting the greens. The greens are firm and it’s not easy to hit the fairways. I’m happy with my current form and I’ve been playing well in the past few weeks back home. Hopefully my game will show up this week.
I worked hard during the summer break. I played like five local events and I kept myself pretty busy.
I’ll stick to my game plan tomorrow and try to stay patient here.
Hu Mu (Chn) – First round 73 (+1)
I think it’s a very difficult course. It has been really windy out there since this morning. Therefore, it’s hard to gauge the distances today. I shot a 73 today but I thought it wasn’t too bad. I hit five birdies against six bogeys. I’m pretty satisfied with my result but not the overall round. I think I made some bad swings during the round which can be improved.
I’m planning to go to the driving range and putting greens to practise later in the afternoon to prepare for the next round tomorrow. I think the most challenging part of the course is hitting the greens. The grass is really different here. I think it’s hard for foreign golfers to get use to the grass here.
It’s my first time here in Taiwan and I’m enjoying it a lot! I’ve friends here and they brought me out to try a lot of local delicacies. The people here are nice and they all speak mandarin so I’m pretty comfortable with the whole environment here.