#YeangderHeritage preview What They Said

Wed 26 Apr 2017

#YeangderHeritage preview What They Said

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Pavit Tangkamolprasert (Tha)
I’m playing quite good at the moment. My tee shots are good. I missed the cut by one shot in Japan last week but I’m still feeling positive.
This course is much wider as compared to last week’s venue. The greens are good and I won here last year so I’m feeling very positive. I’ve played here quite often so I’m really confident.
I feel comfortable in Chinese Taipei. The food is good, I have good friends here and the course is in good condition.
I’m happy that the Yeangder Group upgraded this event from the ADT to Asian Tour. It gives some of the players a chance to move up in their career. There are a lot of good players this week but when the round starts, it will be me against the golf course.
I get to play in more events now after my win in Macao. I’m not rushing or forcing myself to win more. This year is more a learning curve for me when I play in the big events. I’m still learning.
Mentally, I feel that I’m a better player. This year I try to focus on my fitness so my golf game dropped a little bit early in the year. I try to work out more because I’m playing in more events this year and after playing consecutive weeks, I don’t feel as tired as I used to be.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
Miguel Tabuena of the Phlippines Miguel Tabuena of the Phlippines
The golf course is almost similar with my home course in the Philippines. I played on this course in 2012 on the Asian Development Tour (ADT). I played 18 holes yesterday and I noticed some changes. I think they just added some bunkers.
I’m hitting the ball really well even though I didn’t like my result last week in Japan where I missed the cut by one shot. I’m still getting back into the flow of competitive golf after being out for a month. I pulled an intercostal muscle during the Hero Indian Open (third day). I was going to pull out but I decided to deal with it.
I was out for four weeks and I didn’t play in the local events. The event in Japan was my first in a month so I did pretty well considering the preparation time I had. I also have a new set of clubs which I’m still trying to get comfortable with.
It is a matter of getting into position every day and moving up the leaderboard until you have a chance to win on Sunday.
I played in perfect weather yesterday (Tuesday) but we are expecting some rain and wind in the first round but it is something which I’m used to. I’ve been playing in Chinese Taipei since 2011 so I know the weather can change in an instant.
I always want to win the tournament I participate in but I know I have to be more patient. I can’t expect quality golf like when I was playing four or three weeks in a row. I need to have the self-belief that I can get into a good position for a Sunday charge.
Hung Chien-yao (Tpe)
My game is not bad. I always have the confidence in my game but golf is such that there are good and bad days. I will try to do my best in every single round.
This is a pretty good golf course. A couple of holes are challenging but a lot of players like playing here because the fairways are wide. The real challenge will be the tricky greens.
Everybody wants to win the tournament. You need to play well and have some luck to win a tournament. It will mean a lot to me if I can win but I won’t push or force myself. I do not want to give myself unnecessary pressure.
This is my fifth year on the Asian Tour but I feel that I need more experience and luck to win a tournament. We played a lot on this golf course so I think there’s no advantage for the local players. You just need to avoid making mistakes and hope to be on the leaderboard.
Gavin Green (Mas)
The golf course didn’t change much. It is similar to the ADT events. I have a good track record here and it is nice because I can use a lot of drivers. If the wind picks up it will be tough. You need to shape a lot of shots and you need a different kind of game when you play here.
Today was perfect weather but it will be an entirely different golf course when the wind picks up. I didn’t bring enough clubs to suit the golf course in the past. But this year I took out all my woods and put in my one-iron.
My three-wood gets a little too high. The wind picks up and it is tough to control it in the wind. Right before I left, I was thinking that I should put my one-iron in the bag and I did it straight away. It has been a long time since I put a one-iron in the bag. The last time I did that was probably before turning professional!
Gavin Green of Malaysia Gavin Green of Malaysia
The experience of playing here before certainly helps. If the wind picks up, you need to hit it a lot lower. But you can’t hit it too low at the same time because the course is soft so you need to mix it up a bit. I tested it out today and I felt comfortable. You still need to stay patient but I’m comfortable.
It was painful last week missing by one but I’ve had such a great year so far so why not keep it going. I’m a lot more patient this time so hopefully it works out.
Shubhankar Sharma (Ind)
This is a very scoring course. I remember it was a low scoring week when we played events on the ADT here. Now it is an Asian Tour event so I feel the scores will be pretty low. This is a course where you want to place your ball well off the tees. If you do so, then you will have short irons into the green on most par fours.
It can get windy here and based on my experience of playing in Chinese Taipei, the wind can really pick up and that will affect scores.
This is definitely the best starts I’ve had on the Asian Tour. After saving my Tour card last year, I wanted to play well in the first few events and I’ve done that. I didn’t want to keep it to the last minute to save my card like what I did in the last few years.
It has been a good start to the season and I want to start building on it. I guess the next step is to get a win under my belt. It would mean a lot to win. It has been my dream since I turned professional to win on the Asian Tour. At the same time, when you play professional golf, you can’t put pressure on yourself. I’m not in a negative state of mind but I want to be calm about the way I’m playing because I feel good about my game. I just want to play good golf and if you do that for four days, you have a good chance at winning.
I’ve been to Japan when I was a junior so last week was the first time I’ve been to Japan as a professional. The experience was fantastic. There were so many people on the golf course.
Siddikur Rahman (Ban)
Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh
It was the first time I performed so well in Japan (finished tied ninth). I holed many putts and I’m very happy with my game at the moment.
I played 18 holes today and the course is in good condition and it is a course which suits my game. It isn’t long and the layout is awesome.
I asked Gavin Green’s father what’s the challenge here because the weather is so good today. He said the challenging part is when the wind starts to blow.
My back is not 100% healed but it is much better as compared to last time. I’ve been doing a lot of stretching and it feels better.
I’m hungry to win my third title on the Asian Tour. I’ve been putting myself in that position so I think my time will come again soon. I’ve been playing really good this year. I finished second at the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open and I finished top-10 in Japan.
Overall I’m feeling more confident. If I can be fit, then I think the result will come. In order to get good result, you need to stay fit. I don’t train much anymore. I focus more on my fitness and practising lesser.