Manila, November 19: Read to find out what players have to say ahead of the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters presented by 918.com which starts on Thursday.
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT (THA)
It’s my pleasure to come to play in the Resorts World Manila Masters. The course is in good shape, small greens and nice fairways. It’s in fantastic condition right now. I’m been playing well the last couple of months except that I have not won titles.
I’m striking the ball well and hitting the ball on target. Last week, I didn’t start too good for the first five holes and shot a 69 which wasn’t good enough. I hope my putting is good this week. Last year, I wasn’t here so I’m hoping that I can win the title and tell Liang that it won’t be easy to defend his title as we’ve got a strong field this week. It’s my first time visiting the Philippines.
I think the course suits my game. I’m happy there’s not too much rough so that I can whack it. I just try to hit as long as I can play. I played 12 holes just now and can reach the par fives in two. So it’s going to be a big week to make a score.
ANGELO QUE (PHI)
I feel at home here, it’s my home course and my home country. I’ve been playing solid the past few months and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been working a lot with my coach yesterday and today and hopefully it would be the week where I’m going to do it.
My mind, I’m thinking clearer on the course and making good decisions which helps a lot. I’ve made great decision and it’s the key to winning a golf tournament and finishing well. It would mean the world to win at home especially playing in a very strong field this week.
I think we’ve got one of our strongest fields in a full-field event this year. We’ve got seven Order of Merit winners here, 42 tournament winners and the top Filipinos here and legends here. It would mean the world for me and my family if I can win it this week.
I didn’t play the Panasonic Open India because it was my week off. I had played like six or seven tournaments straight and last week I was in the Japan Qualifying School third stage, which was why I didn’t play in Chiangmai. I was originally going to play the week before in Japan but because I got into the CIMB Classic, I decided to move it to a different week. I’d rather miss Chiangmai than miss an event in the Philippines in my home course. That’s why I didn’t play the past two weeks on the Asian Tour.
LIANG WEN-CHONG (CHN)
It feels like yesterday that I won the Resorts World Manila Masters. I had very good memories from last year, having won in the playoff and donated half of my winnings to the typhoon victims. I hope I’ve helped them in a way or another and I hope they are doing better now.
I would like to thank the sponsors and the golf course for putting this tournament together again. It’s my pleasure to be back here and I look forward to a great week here.
I know we have got a strong field this week but I’m feeling good about my game right now. I just want to enjoy my game out there and hopefully I can successfully defend my title on Sunday.
I’ve played on the Asian Tour for many years. It’s getting really competitive out here and it’s good to see young players coming out and winning on Tour. Golf is really developing here in Asia. Players get to play in more tournaments and prize money has also grown over the years. Tournaments are better run now, as compared to the past. I hope Asian golf can continue to develop and players will get a bigger stage to perform.
Hopefully we can grow to be comparable to the PGA Tour and European Tour soon. The course feels the same as last year but the rough are not as long and there are some differences on a few greens as well. Other than that, it’s all good. It’s a challenging golf and I’m sure it will put a good test of golf to the players here.
JEEV MILKHA SINGH (IND)
It’s been about 20 years since I came back here. I was only about 22 or 23 years old when I last played here. I’m glad to be back after so many years and it’s good to have gone through that rough patch which gives you the positive vibes and the good memories from the last time I played here. I hope to build on those and play my best this week.
The golf course is in a fantastic condition. I couldn’t remember the holes at all, except for the 18th hole, having not played here for such a long time. It’s amazing. There are grains out there, small grains so you have to make sure you missed the ball on the right side. The wind is going to be a strong factor for this course. If it picks up, it is going to be a great test of golf out there.
My game’s feeling good. The only thing I need to work on is my driving. If it’s in place, I think I will have a good week.
It’s just fantastic to see that Asian golf is growing. I would like to thank the sponsors for putting together such a huge sum of money for us to play for. We need sponsors like that to come forward and help the game grow in this region.
When I used to play in my early twenties, prize money was only about US$200,000 to US$250,000. A US$400,000 tournament used to be a big tournament back then. It’s just fantastic to see a US$1 million tournament now.
Standard of golf has really improved in Asia. The young kids are hungry for success and they want to prove themselves. They are fearless and it’s just great to watch. Seeing young kids like Rashid Khan winning on Tour motivates me. They push me to play well and I would like to do well to compete with them.
Sponsors of the Resorts World Manila Masters include Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club, Bally Technologies, Aristocrat, International Gaming Technology, Renoir Implementation Services, Marriott, Philippine Airlines, Maybank, PLDT and Avis.