Q. How pleased are you with that start to this tournament? RYAN FOX: Yeah, really happy. The golf courses are tricky enough. Probably the greens aren’t as good as what they would like with the weather they’ve had, so it was tough to hole some putts. I’ve been struggling with that anyway. So I hit […]
Q. How pleased are you with that start to this tournament?
RYAN FOX: Yeah, really happy. The golf courses are tricky enough. Probably the greens aren’t as good as what they would like with the weather they’ve had, so it was tough to hole some putts. I’ve been struggling with that anyway. So I hit a lot of good shots today. I probably left a couple out there, but you’re never going to complain too much with 5 under as a start.
Q. I just spoke to David Law, he says he prefers these greens to the grainier ones in the Middle East, you can see what’s in front of you here.
RYAN FOX: Yeah, they probably haven’t been quite as good this year as previous years, but when you’ve got floods and 40‑degree days alternating, it’s pretty hard to get a golf course absolutely perfect.
Yeah, I’m with David, I think it’s a bit easier to see the lines. I grew up on very similar greens to these, so it’s easier to see the lines whereas the Middle East for me, they’re so pure but there’s a little bit of grain in them at times and sometimes it’s really hard to see it. I struggled the last three weeks on the greens and it was nice to see a couple go in today. I certainly left a couple out there, but as I said, you’re not going to complain shooting 5 under to start.
Q. And what’s it like preparing for a tournament like this when you’ve got to take on two golf courses?
RYAN FOX: I don’t mind it, to be honest. I mean, I’ve played here ever since the inception of this event, so I’ve played both courses a lot. So I actually didn’t even bother looking at the Creek course this week until today, so I guess not seeing it this week and going out and shooting 5 under, I’m pretty happy.
Definitely makes it trickier trying to prepare for an event with two golf courses if you haven’t seen both of them. I know there’s a few European guys and probably a lot of the girls this week doing the same thing. Yeah, it makes it a bit of a longer week prep‑wise, but they’re two great golf courses and I really enjoy playing both of them.
I guess the only tough thing around here is you can get the breeze blowing from a couple of different directions, so you can see the course in practise one way and then it will play completely different in the tournament. Doesn’t look like we’re going to get that this week, thankfully.