New Delhi, 24 Oct 2018

Panasonic Open India 2018: Player Quotes - Wednesday

Here is what two top contenders at this week's Panasonic Open India - Ajeetesh Sandhu and Md Siddikur Rahman - had to say, on Wednesday.
Ajeetesh Sandhu (Ind)

It’s always a nice feeling to be playing at home. I have played here so many times now so it’s almost like a home course not just for me but in fact, for all of us on the Asian Tour. It’s nice to be back.

I finished tied for second last year so obviously a lot of good memories out here. It’s a tough test every time you come back here so you got to stand up for it and looking forward to this week.
I have played a few events in Japan and in Europe this season. It’s a great learning experience for me. A lot of new courses, new conditions and it was fun. I’m looking to end the season on a high coming back to play on the Asian Tour these two months.

The key to play well here is always to hit it good off the tee. If you can do that, you get the opportunities to go for the pins. You need to be very patient as well. It’s always important to stay patient on this course.

Siddikur Rahman (Ban)

I have a very consistent record here. I really like this golf course. It’s one of my favourite venue on Tour and obviously my records here show that. I have been coming to play here since I was an amateur. I also won here as an amateur back in 2004.

It’s slightly similar to my home course Kurmitola Golf Club, just that my home course has less bushes. The greens are not looking so good this year but the fairways and the roughs are in great shape.

The season has been disappointing so far but I am not worried. I am just focusing on what I need to do. I hope to give it my best again this week. This week is important for me. I have been struggling a bit with my back injury. It’s been about four to five years now. It comes and goes.

Like in Hong Kong last year, I needed to play well there to keep my card but I had to withdraw from the third round due to my back pain. This kind of things happen. It’s just not curing properly and it shows the most when I am playing in cold weather.
But having said that, the weather here is perfect now and I am feeling good with my game. I mostly use a driver on this course, unlike the other players.

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