Yeangder TPC - What They Said

Wed 11 Sep 2013

Yeangder TPC - What They Said

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Berry Henson (Usa)
I had a nice week in Switzerland and had a nice off-season. My ball striking isn’t where I want it to be right now because I’m a bit jetlagged but I like this venue and the trickiness of the golf course.
I love the course from tee-to-green. It is difficult around the greens and it is pretty tricky here. You need to hit your putts solid or it will be a long week. The course is in great shape and if it stays dry it will be a good test during the weekend.
I worked on my fitness with my trainer and took a little time off which is needed. I came out for four weeks to spend in Thailand, which is something different from what I’ve done in previous years. Playing in Thailand before coming out to play on the Asian Tour helps a lot because I can get familiar with the grasses.
It makes it a bit easier making the transition returning to Chinese Taipei. That was something different that I did to get acclimated to the weather. I think this plan will pay dividends.
I feel very comfortable in Asia. I’m just waiting for everything to click. I’ve really been waiting for the putter to wake up. The putter has been cold in the last year and a half. If I have that week and it will come then I will have a runaway victory.
I’ve been working on my putting process. I got a little bit out of my process when I made a putter change. Everything seems to be feeling okay but it is not where I want it. I changed more putters than I would like to. The putter I had was great but it worked only on certain weeks. I found the putter that I really like right now. I’ve been using that for most of the year and I’ll continue to use that.
Hu Mu (Chn)
Hu Mu of China Hu Mu of China
I went back to the States during the break and practised with my coach at the David Leadbetter Academy. I worked on my fitness and practised a lot with him. I managed to fine-tune my swing and remove all unnecessary movement. I was back in China to participate in a couple of events as well.
I’m feeling confident with my game right now but I guess I still have to adjust it slightly when I’m out at the course. I hope to finish in top-30 on the Asian Tour Order of Merit at the end of the season.
It’s great to be come back to play on the Asian Tour. It’s my very first time in Taiwan and I’m looking forward to playing on this course. I thought I’ll just see how I fare during the first two rounds first. I’m happy with my current form but I don’t know how it will reflect on my results. I’ll have to see how it is like when I’m out there. If I do well in the first two rounds, I’m targeting a top-10 finish this week.
Angelo Que (Phi)
It is a very big week for me because if I play well I get to represent my country in the World Cup of Golf. It is a big event with a good field. It would mean the world to me if I can get into the event.
I’ve been playing pretty solid so I can pretty much score on any golf course. I’ve been working a lot on my putting during the break. I played well here last year and putted great. If I do that again, then I think I can pretty much be in the top-10 or top-five that would secure my spot in the World Cup.
I worked a lot on my putting during the break. That has been pretty much my weakness. I played in the local events and I did well. Putting is the key for me. If I keep holing putts then I can put myself in position.
I took a lot of rest during the break because it is going to get hectic towards the end of the season. Right now I have a chance to get into the CIMB Classic and World Cup. If I keep doing what I’ve been doing then I need to plan my travels and get more rest because I’m not getting any younger.
I haven’t been spending more time on the green. I usually do quality and not quantity practice. That has always worked for me in the past four years.
Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind)
I clearly remember the way I won here last year. I played really good even though the tournament was shortened to 54 holes last year. I stuck to my routine despite the weather conditions. I’m really happy to be back here. It’s definitely one of my favourite venues on the Asian Tour.
I’ve been hitting the ball very well. I worked really hard on my fitness and focused on my iron play, driving and short game. Now that the second half of the season has started, I’m planning to play a lot of tournaments in a row. I’m really very excited and I’m feeling confident about my game right now.
I think my game has definitely matured a lot since I won the Yeangder TPC last year. I learnt a lot from every tournament I play. I learnt how to cope with different kind of conditions on and off the golf course. With my previous victories and experiences playing on both the Asian Tour and European Tour, I think these have helped build up my game a lot.
I don’t think it’s difficult to come back and play in a tournament where I’m defending the title. I’ve won a few times on the Indian Tour and four times on the Asian Tour now. I’ve got a lot of expectations but at the end of the day, this is what we play for. I’m really pumped up and feeling very positive with my game this time.
I’ve got a lot of ups and downs this season. I played well in two or three tournaments. I’ve been striking the ball really good. I’ve been right up there and I think it’s just a matter of time.
Arnond Vongvanij of Thailand and Mithun Perera of Sri lanka Arnond Vongvanij of Thailand and Mithun Perera of Sri lanka
I remember going on to win the Macau Open after winning the Yeangder TPC last year. That gave me a lot of confidence in my game. There were a series of events where I did well too. I definitely hope I can do the same again this year.
Mithun Perera (Slk)
I injured my left wrist and I didn’t play golf in the last two weeks. I needed a lot of rest. This is my first practice round since I got injured. I just practised my chipping and putting. During the break, I tried to sharpen every aspect of my game. I had to work very hard to keep up with these guys on the Asian Tour.
I thought distance was my main problem but after playing on the Asian Tour, I realised that you can still win even if you hit it short. Many players have won without hit it long off the tees. You just need to sharpen every other aspect of your game especially the short game. I’ve been doing that so hopefully it will work out in my favour.