BSO10-111110- Kim Bi-O of Korea pictured on day one of the Barclays Singapore Open on November 11, 2010 at the Sentosa Golf Club, Serapong course, Singapore. The USD$ 6 Million event which is co sanctioned with the Asian and European Tour. Picture by Khalid Redza/World Sport Group. Barclays Singapore Open 2010 World Sport Group.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010
INTERVIEW WITH KIM BI-O (KOR) – FIRST ROUND 63 (-8) – TANJONG COURSE
Q. Can you walk us through your round?
A. I had a lot of opportunities to make a lot of birdies. Eight birdies is a lot but I still missed about four birdies from inside 10 feet or I could have been 12-under for today. I’m still fine and happy with eight-under but I’m going to head out to the putting green to get my feeling better for tomorrow and the next three days. Hopefully I can play as good today.
Q. What’s going through your thoughts after your round?
A. Nothing really. It is only the first round and we have another three more rounds to go. I just need to practise more and get my feeling with my driver better. My iron shots were great but I need to improve a little bit on my driving accuracy and putting. I’m confident of going low tomorrow if I can putt better.
Q. Any highlights for your round today?
A. On hole 17, normally a lot of players will lay up but I went for it with a driver and had about 50 yards to the pin. That gave me a lot of confidence with my driving and I was able to hit a good drive down the 18th hole which is quite a narrow hole.
Most of my birdies were inside 20 feet. My irons really pulled my game up and helped with my score.
Q. Will the real challenge be on the Serapong course tomorrow?
A. Yes. When I had a practice round at the Serapong course, it was long, narrow and the greens are difficult. You got to hit it straight on that course and I’m going to go to the driving range now and work on my driver.
Q. How has your year been so far?
A. I have been playing well on the Korean Tour and had a lot of top-10s except for one where I won the Johnnie Walker Open in Korea in August. I have been very solid this year and I’m looking forward to this week. I’m going to try and qualify for the US PGA Tour next week.
Q. Tell us a bit about your amateur career?
A. I won the Korean Amateur Open and Japan Amateur Golf Championship in 2008. I’m 20 this year and turned professional in 2009. When I was young (12 years old) my whole family moved to the United States to work and play golf. I studied there for four years. I started playing golf when I was 10 years old and I currently have no coach. I tried to find a short game coach but I haven’t found one yet. Currently I’m residing in Seoul, Korea.
Q. Which was the turning point for you?
A. It had to be on the 14th hole where I was about an inch out of the green and I putted in for birdie from 20 feet. That really gave me some momentum and confidence.
Q. Did the rain delay affect you?
A. I played great so I shouldn’t say anything.