#YeangderTPC Preview What They Said

Wed 07 Oct 2015

#YeangderTPC Preview What They Said

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Prom Meesawat (Tha)
I always enjoy coming back to Chinese Taipei. This is a good tournament because the Yeangder Group takes good care of all the players. You must be patient when you play in Taipei because the greens are tricky and the wind will make it difficult.
Yes, the 18th hole still brings back a lot of good memories because I won in the play-off there. I must treat this tournament like any other tournament. My goal remains the same which is to win.
My game is not where I want it to be. I’ve been playing a lot in Europe so I’m trying to adapt when I’m back in Asia. I want to try my best to defend the title but anybody can win here. The local players have an advantage because they are more comfortable on the greens.
If I win this week or in the next couple of weeks then I will have a chance to qualify for the CIMB Classic or WGC-HSBC Champions. I also want to prove myself and make the team for the EurAsia Cup. It won’t be easy but I really want to represent Team Asia in that event.
Prom Meesawat of Thailand Prom Meesawat of Thailand
Danny Chia (Mas)
Physically I’m very tired. I’m trying my best to regain my physical strength. This is my seventh week in the row (including ADT and local events). It was very exciting for me on Sunday. I looked back at what a great year I had so far when I won.
After the win, I was thinking that now I have a chance to break into the top-four on the Order of Merit and try to qualify for the WGC-HSBC Champions. That would be great but apart from all that, I still need to look at my schedule because I can’t keep playing every week.
The work that I’ve put in the last two years has paid off. My confidence level is still the same. Even before the win, I felt my game is in a good shape. Obviously the win gave me 30 or 40% more confidence.
My Facebook and Whatsapp have gone off the charts with so many messages. I couldn’t reply to all of them but I feel very grateful when the Malaysian golf fans told me how proud they are of me.
Mentally and physically I’m very tired. I also need some treatment on my right shoulder. I feel that it is getting weaker. I can’t skip the next few weeks so I have to deal with this. Definitely there will be less practice. My mind keeps telling me to hit balls but I’ll need to stop myself from doing so.
Daniel Chopra (Swe)
I’ve always played well in Chinese Taipei and I had a good result here last year so I’m looking forward to the week. The last couple of weeks haven’t been that good but before that, my form has been great. Hopefully I will get back to those feelings.
Daniel Chopra of Sweden Daniel Chopra of Sweden
Golf is the way it is. Sometimes you play well and sometimes you play poorly. I struggled with the weather conditions in the last two weeks so hopefully we get some good weather this week.
It is a nice golf course. It is an old style course and all the holes are framed very well. I always try to do the same things but the last two weeks I wasn’t able to do them. The basics of the game are still the same – you try to hit fairways and hole putts. The strategy is still the same.
Hsieh Chi-hsien (Tpe)
This is a very difficult golf course. The greens are tricky. I must really stay focus this week. I played in this event two years ago and missed the cut so I want to try my best and make the cut. A top-20 finish will be a good result for me.
My game doesn’t feel at its best so I have to try and enjoy myself. I changed my swing last week because my tee shots always pull to the left. Now I’m hitting it better and straighter. Hopefully it will work for me this week.
Lin Wen-tang (Tpe)
I haven’t played much on the Asian Tour this year because I’ve been focussing on my fitness and health. Now I’m hitting the ball slightly longer and I feel healthier. I’ve been making some changes in my swing and now I can easily hit draw shots. Previously, I only hit fade shots.
I’ve been playing a lot on the local Tour and I’ve had many good results except a win! This is a very important tournament for me.
I’ve been training with Yani Tseng’s fitness trainer and he has helped me a lot. Since I started working with him early this year, I’ve become stronger. It has only been six months so I will only become even stronger soon! You can tell from my face that I look healthier now (jokes).
This is a good event for all the local players. The Yeangder Group is very supportive of the younger generation of golfers. Everybody playing here know that if they win then they will get a winner’s exemption on the Asian Tour. That’s very important.
Lin Wen-tang, Chan Shih Chang, Michael Trang and Gaganjeet Bhullar at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Lin, Chan, Tran and Bhullar at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind)
It feels refreshing coming here. When I won here, it was my third Asian Tour victory. The course really suits my eye. When I was playing in the practice round today, I felt very comfortable.
It will be great if I can repeat my win again. I’m striking the ball good and I’m high in confidence. I just hope for good things this week.
I remember everything when I won. It was my first wire-to-wire win on the Asian Tour so that win is very close to my heart. When you come to events where you are a past champion, it really boosts your confidence.
It is nice to be reminded of what you’ve done in the past. That always happens when you return to the venue where you’ve won before. This is definitely one of the golf courses which gives me positive vibes.
Chan Shih-chang (Tpe)
This is a very important event for me. I hope I can become the winner because my sponsor, Emmet Hsu, is the Chairman of the Yeangder Group. I’ve had many good chances to win in this event so hopefully I can do it. I hope this year will be my year.
Linkou is a tough course. You need to judge the wind and the greens are tricky. It is different when you play on the Asian Tour. There are many good players. I will try my best to win.
Players and officials at the YTPC press conference Players and officials at the YTPC press conference
This is my fourth week so my body feels tired. But I’m happy we are playing at home. That makes it better.
Michael Tran (Vie)
I always look forward coming here for this event. There hasn’t been much change in my game. I changed to a new putter before I won in Indonesia (on the Asian Development Tour). That’s helped me a lot.
I’m feeling more confident now. I never thought I would shoot 18-under to win on the ADT. Now I have that belief that I can shoot a low number. Hopefully the next win will be on the Asian Tour.
I’ve been hitting the ball okay so if I hole some putts then I will be in a good position. I really want a top-five result this week because that will get me into the next Asian Tour tournament.