#MaybankChampionship Rd 4 What They Said

Fabrizio Zanotti (Par) – Final Round 63 (-9), Total 269 (-19)

“I think it was probably the best round of my career, so I’m very happy. It was a really good day, a really good week and I’m really happy.

“I think it was at the 15th where I thought I might be able to win, when I made birdie there. I thought, maybe I’ll have a chance if I make two more birdies, but I made a birdie and an eagle so it was great.

“It feels really good to be a winner again. I’ve been working a lot and I was not in my best run of form, missing three cuts in a row, but that’s in the past and today I’m a winner again and it feels great.”

David Lipsky of England

David Lipsky of England

David Lipsky (Usa) – Final Round 67 (-5), Total 270 (-18)

“I’m really happy with this week all in all. My goal was to finish top three or so to try and lock myself up for the WGC in Mexico and I did that so I’m pretty proud of the way I handles myself this week.

“There was a lot of slope and grain on these greens and late in the day they get a little bit bumpy so it was hard for me to hold the line and all you can do is put a good stroke on it.

“I did the best I could do. Hats off to Fabrizio because he played great – 63 in the final round, most of the time that’s going to get the job done so I can’t think too much about it.”

Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) – Final Round 66 (-6), Total 271 (-17)

“I was two behind and Fabrizio finished like that so it was just a bit shy. I played alright today, I didn’t play great but I had a

Bernd Wiesberger of Austria

Bernd Wiesberger of Austria

couple of hiccups again after a good start, birdieing three out of the first four.

“There were a few stupid bogeys which is unfortunate and then I battled away but didn’t play great all week except for that stretch on Friday.

“It’s good to see a couple of putts dropping and see myself getting up on top of the leaderboard. Obviously all credit to Fabrizio, he hit two great shots at the right time.

“It felt like looking back at the week, of course you’re going to drop a few shots, but the I definitely left a few on the green which is disappointing. But at the end of the week it’s another good week for me and I definitely enjoy myself here in Malaysia, that’s a couple of good finishes for me here. I’ll get back to work again and try get over the line the next time.”

Alexander Levy (Fra) – Final Round 68 (-4), Total 272 (-16)

 “I played very good golf today but that’s life. I didn’t drop any tough putts today like I have done during the week but I’m really happy with how I played my game today, just a few bits of bad luck but that’s part of the game.

“Now I have eight weeks off but it was really good to play this well this week. If I follow this week it will be a good year for me.”

Anirban Lahiri (Ind)  – Final Round 68 (-4), Total 274 (-14)

It was good, another solid day without getting on a roll. A bit disappointed. I started off exactly the way I wanted to but lost a bit of momentum around seven, eight and nine. And then I didn’t birdie the two easy par fives and bogeyed 14. I kind of let the round get away from me. I fought back hard but I missed a couple of short putts on 16 and 17. I know I shot four under which shows how well I’m playing but I didn’t kick into the next gear and go low. I felt I had a good chance of contending but didn’t get myself into the position I wanted to.

Anirban Lahiri  of India

Anirban Lahiri of India

There’s lots of positives. I’ve been playing well, making a lot of birdies. The putting has been good more than less. I missed a couple but made a couple on the front nine as well. Lots of positives. The consistency seems to be there. But again, I need to cut down on the dropped shots. You shoot 14 under after dropping 10 shots, that’s something that needs to be addressed.

It was fantastic playing with Shubhankar. I’ve watched him going through the ranks over the last few years with flying colours. I still remembered three years ago that Shubhankar and his father would come out and used to walk with me whenever I played in the Indian Open. He wasn’t a pro then, he was this emerging amateur and he would walk around. We have close family ties, his sister was delivered by my father. So we’ve known each other for a while. To see him play as consistently and as tenaciously, today was an example of that. Today, he didn’t get off to a good start but he came back strong. It’s  really good sign for Indian golf to see him and Chikkaranggapa S. coming up. I don’t think I’m the old generation yet, I’ve yet to hit 30, but to see the next generation coming up and playing well is just fantastic.

Shbuhankar Sharma (Ind) – Final Round 69 (-3), Total 276 (-12)

I’m making a lot of birdies which is the best part. I’m dropping a lot of shots but I’m telling myself and backing myself that I can make birdies. Although I was over par today, I was happy to finish under par. I didn’t see the scores and I didn’t know where I was standing. I was back down the leaderboard and I just told my caddie that if we could finish with three straight birdies, it would be a good tournament. Managed to make a great birdie on 16 and then went on to birdie 17 and 18 as well. I couldn’t have asked for a better finish.

Shubhankar Sharma of India

Shubhankar Sharma of India

Now that I’ve played well in the first four events, I think I should now be in the top-10 of the Order of Merit. It’s definitely a motivating factor to finish as high as I can on the Order of Merit.

I played for the first time in a competition with Anirban so that was great. Even though I dropped a few shots, he kept telling me to keep playing the way I am. It’s great to play with someone who’s a great inspiration to a lot of us. It was a great way to finish my tournament.

I need to drop fewer shots. I made a few mental errors. Today on 10, I hit a bad second shot from the middle of the fairway and made double bogey which you can’t really do. That’s one thing I have to work on. Other than that, I’m in a good mental frame of mind.

Panuphol Pittayarat (Tha) – Final Round 71 (-1), Total 276 (-12)

Tied ninth, you’d take it at the start of the week. Very happy to finish the week with a top-10. It’s been the best start of the season so far for me. I’ve been looking forward to a lot more tournaments. I’ll be playing in Perth next week, it’s an interesting format which is going to be exciting.

I prepared myself well in pre-season. Put in more effort at the range working on my driving to irons. I spent a lot of time on the practice chipping green. Last year I was the birdie leader with 247 birdies but also I was 24 under which didn’t seem acceptable. I didn’t scrambe too well so I put in more work on the short game.

Ben Leong (Mas) – Final Round 69 (-3), Total 279 (-9)

Anything under-par on this golf course is always great. It was a mixed bag – I hit some good and poor shots but didn’t end up with anything bad. I stayed within the game and it was all good.

This is a very important result for me after coming off two missed cuts on the Asian Tour which is not great. I needed to do

Ben Leong of Malaysia

Ben Leong of Malaysia

something for a better re-rank on the Order of Merit and I did it.

I didn’t work extremely hard after the missed cuts. I just worked on the right things and worked the smart way.

I was playing okay but wasn’t making good scores. I wasn’t scoring but that’s part of the game. You can be playing well and not score and you can be playing bad and score. This week I didn’t play well but I scored well so there you go.

I’m very satisfied with the performance. After this result, I won’t have any problems getting in Asian Tour tournaments so I’m really happy.

After that two missed cuts, I would usually start panicking but after 10 years as a professional, I didn’t force that issue too much. I learnt that you don’t have to be perfect and that’s the great thing about golf.

Ends.