Yeangder TPC - What They Said

Tue 10 Sep 2013

Yeangder TPC - What They Said

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Lu Wei-chih (Tpe)
I’m extremely excited to come back and play in the Yeangder TPC this year especially since I missed my chance to defend my title last year. I have to say I’m also nervous at the same time because I don’t know how I will perform this week. Nevertheless, I’m still happy to see all the familiar faces back on the Asian Tour. It has been awhile since I last met them and a lot of them were asking about my well-being. It is really heart-warming to know that a lot of them are concerned about me.
My game is pretty okay right now. I’m just worried about my physical strength. I know it’s not going to be easy as I get tired easily these days, unlike in the past. I try not to push myself so hard this week. I just hope to make the cut and we’ll see how it goes.
Golf holds a different meaning to me now that I’ve gone through what could have been the lowest point in my life. Before I was diagnosed with the brain tumour, I used to see golf as my regular job and my rice bowl but after recovering from the brain tumour, I seemed to have reignited my passion for golf once again and I feel exactly like how I started out when I turned professional some 11 years ago. Golf has become part of my life and it’s something I can never give up.
I think the most challenging part about this golf course is hitting the balls onto the greens. You will have to hit as many greens as possible to score low on this course.
It’s important that we have such big golf tournaments in Chinese Taipei because it’s beneficial to the younger players. It gives them exposure and opportunities playing with the region’s elite golfers. I think the younger players need to gain more of such experience before they proceed to play outside of the country. These tournaments also give them a platform to showcase their talent and take golf in Chinese Taipei up another level.
Lin Wen-tang (Tpe)
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This is a very important tournament for me because my boss (Emmet Hsu, the Chairman of Yeangder Group) is the sponsor of this event.
This is a good golf course and I like playing here. I told my brother (Wen-hong) that I really want to win this tournament. I hope I have the luck and many birdies this week to win it.
My game is in good shape. I like putting on these greens. During these two months, I only played in the local events. Now I’m feeling excited to return to the Asian Tour and I hope I can win again. I went for a holiday with my family during the break and now I’m excited to return.
I always feel nervous and scared when I play in this event because there are high expectations for me to win.
Marcus Both (Aus)
It is nice to come back to somewhere familiar. I actually played on this course on the local Tour a few weeks after the Selangor Masters. It is nice to have played here in advance with a few extra practice rounds. I played pretty nicely in the event but unfortunately the typhoon came and wiped out the event! The course is in much better shape now.
My season hasn’t been great but that can changed very quickly. I think I have gotten to the root of the problem.  I was putting too much stress on my body because I had some injuries which made it difficult for me to swing the club the way I wanted to.
I changed a few things around and I’m hitting it much better. No stress on my body so that’s great. Once you get those worries out, then your mind becomes free and you can focus on playing some good golf.
The greens here are quite flat but the breaks are quite subtle and tricky to read. I think the greens are probably the main battle this week.
You don’t play in a tournament without thinking about winning. I want to take baby steps on improving my game. I got a bit of work to do to secure my playing rights for next year. But I’m not too concerned about it. I got some performance goals that I want to achieve. There are fairly high goals so I hope it goes well.
Siddikur (Ban)
I played really good last week but unfortunately I missed the cut. This is a very good course and I like it. I have good confidence in my game. I had a good break but I came down with dengue fever. I’m 90% recovered and I’m feeling good. I only played nine holes on three occasions in more than two months because of the dengue fever!
My confidence level usually goes down after a taking a break. I played last week so my game is starting to move in the right direction. I didn’t play much golf during the break but I practised a lot at the driving range. I don’t have any particular targets this season but I’m very hungry to win a second Asian Tour title. Hopefully I get that opportunity this week.
Hung Chien-yao (Tpe)
I won two local events (August) so I’m looking forward to the week. There are many good Asian Tour players this week but I want to try and do my best.
Playing on the Asian Tour is pretty new to me because I see many different players here. The players here are really good and it is very competitive to play on. I think it is a good experience for me.
I need more experience. It would be great if I can keep my Asian Tour card so I can pick the tournaments that I want to play. That would be great for me and that’s my goal.
I don’t want to give myself too much pressure. I want to do my best and enjoy the week. Hopefully it falls into place for me.
I played in a few local events with Lu (Wei-chih) and he is still playing good. It is great that he has recovered and back on the Asian Tour.