NZ Open: Rd 2: I am trying to learn every day, says Joohyung

GURGAON-INDIA-Joohyung Kim of Korea pictured during the Pro-am event on Wednesday November 13, 2019 ahead of the USD$ 400.000 Panasonic India Open at the Classic Golf and Country Club, Gurgaon, India. Picture by Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour.

NZ Open: Rd 2: I am trying to learn every day from the guys who are way more experienced than me,says Joohyung

Joohyung Kim (KOR) Second round 68 (-4), Total 132 (-11)

I played really well. With the tough conditions, it was not easy. But I managed myself really well and hope I can keep it up at the weekend. I have been working really hard and it is nice the scores have matched the work. I am still not at the top and I am trying to learn every day from the guys who are way more experienced than me. I am very fortunate that the veterans have been very nice to me and tell me how to play golf, how to play my best. My ball striking has been good. On this course if you are not in play, it is really hard to go around. Tomorrow is only the third round to be honest. I am in the halfway lead but there are so many big names just one or two shots away and those guys, when it comes to the intense moments, they always deliver. I just have to bring my A-game, stick to the game plan and play the best I can.

Ben Eccles (AUS) Second round 68 (-4) Total 133 (-10)

I earned my Asian Tour card last week and we thought we travel anyway, but we got the call on Wednesday morning saying I was in. We were going to have a two-week holiday regardless of what happened so it’s just a bonus to be playing. Yesterday I played awesome, in those conditions as well it just all came together. This morning I got off to a fast start – eagle, birdie, birdie. It awesome, it’s an amazing feeling and hopefully I can keep going. I just wanted to keep enjoying it, that’s been the main thing for me this week. The game still feels pretty strong, particularly the last couple of months. Mentally I’m enjoying it more, I want to be out there playing. The rough is up this year, which is going to make it interesting over the weekend.

Pavit Tangkamolprasert (THA) Second round 64 (-8) Total 134 (-9)

I’m very pleased with how I’ve played today especially with my driver as I managed to hit most of the fairways. I love this course as it favours the long hitters like me. I made a lot of putts today too. So overall, I’m very happy. I was five-over after the first five holes yesterday and I told myself I had to forget everything then and try to move on. The weather was so bad yesterday. It was windy, cold and was raining. It was like my win in Sabah last year where I made a strong comeback to win. I just told myself to regain my focus and as long as I can do that, I still have a chance.

Wade Ormsby (AUS) Second round 71 (-1) Total 136 (-7)

It was a bit of a messy start out there. I just couldn’t find my rhythm. I warmed up fine but on some days in golf, it just gets away from you. I was fighting hard and I knew I was playing well so I got some momentum through the turn there and could have made a lot more actually. So overall, I’m pretty happy with that. Since my win in Hong Kong, I’ve had three events where I haven’t played that well so it’s nice to be back in a bit of form. Obviously having won so recently , I’ll try to draw on those winning experiences where you are in the hunt and try to do that again this week.


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