IT was Juvic Pagunsan’s first time to see Royal Lytham & St Annes, and he did not see a whole lot.
The Filipino, who topped last year’s Asian Tour money list, had to contend with downpour and strong winds in his first practice round on Monday but is still confident he can do good in The Open Championship in Lancashire, England.
“So much rain on Monday and I couldn’t really see the golf course. It was a good introduction to the Open for me!” Pagunsan told asiantour.com.
“It was very difficult. The winds kept changing. I didn’t really like it as it was so difficult. You have to keep the clubs dry all the time. The course is wet, bunkers here are different too.
“But it’s really nice being here, my first time to the UK and that too for the Open. The course is really hard, given the weather conditions. I’ll be trying my best.”
Pagunsan, who is seeing action in a Major tournament for the first time, is taking it one step at a time, and for now making the cut is a major priority.
“There are so many good players here. However, I feel like I’m hitting the ball good. I’ll try to make the cut first and I want to play in the weekend which will be the most important,” said the 34-year-old.
Pagunsan will be playing with 2009 NCAA All-American Scott Pinckney and Australia’s Nick Cullen in the 11:45 a.m. flight.