THURSDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2010
JAMIE DONALDSON, ROUND ONE 66 (-5) – TANJONG COURSE
Q. Pretty good opening effort Jamie, give us your thoughts on that?
A. Yes, decent start, I’m pretty pleased with that one. Played nicely, played really well actually and just hit a couple of bad shots that cost me a couple of drops but the course is there to be taken today. You could shoot a really low one out there if everything went for you but I am happy with 66, as you say, a good start.
Q. Was that almost the worst you could have scored today?
A. Well yes, you can think that way but to be honest you are going to make mistakes out there because it is so hot. I’m standing on some of the tee boxes out there and I am just swaying and feeling dizzy and, to be honest, it’s not even as hot as it can get here. But I would have taken that at the start of the day.
Q. The heat is such a difficult element to deal with isn’t it?
A. Very difficult indeed. It is the concentration which can waver and you have to keep reminding yourself to keep drinking water. I’ve also got an ice wet towel which covers the back of my neck and my shoulders and arms which just tries to cool me down because if you don’t do that and don’t drink, then there is the danger you can keel over.
Q. 57th in the Race to Dubai at present, is it important to have a good week here to cement your place in the Dubai World Championship in two weeks time?
A. That is true but I’m not really thinking about that too much to be honest. My goals are to finish a lot higher than that and I have three tournaments left this season to finish as high in the Race to Dubai as I possibly can so that is more my aim. I think it is symbolic of the positive thoughts I have with my game right now in the fact that I want to look forwards and not backwards. I am playing well and if I keep going like that then I can do really well. My goals are high and I just have to keep doing what I’ve been doing.
Q. Thoughts on the other course tomorrow – a harder test than here?
A. It is yes, but I am hitting the ball where I want it to go and so if I can do that again tomorrow, even though the course is harder, then there is no reason why I can’t shoot a decent score round there as well.
Q. How would you sum up your season Jamie, consistent without being spectacular?
A. Yes, that’s probably fair and probably sums up my last two years actually. I have had two good years, not great, but I have played well. I have had seven top tens this year which has been great but winning is where you want to be and what you want to be doing so we have to try and just get that little bit better and we’ll be there.