Nicholas Fung (Mas) – Final Round 67 (-4), Total 269 (-15)
I’m happy with my form all week. Today, I started even par on the front nine but managed to shoot four under on the back nine and managed to get a win. It was very exciting. It’s my first win and I’ve been waiting for this for quite some time. I’m very happy. And also it’s the best day to win as it’s Father’s Day. It’s the best gift I can give to my dad (Fung En Ping). This first win means a lot as I’ve been playing on the Asian Tour Tour for four or five years. I’ve always tried to win and finished second a few times.
It’s a new life for me now as at last, I’ve achieved a win. To shoot 15 under is really good as it’s a difficult golf course. I’m always happy to come to Samui to play the Queen’s Cup as I love the golf course so much.
My first win, I’m happy and very excited. Lucky enough I managed to play with Thaworn Wiratchant for four days which I’ve learned a lot from him. He’s a legend and it kept motivating me to be a good golfer like him.
When I birdied 10 and 11, I didn’t look at the scoreboard and didn’t know that I was in the lead. At 16, I chipped in for birdie and then I heard fans shouting on the 17th green which I kind of guessed that it Jazz (Janewattananond) was making a birdie too. When I got to the 17th tee, I saw he had moved up to 14 under and I told myself that if I don’t birdie 17, I still have a chance to birdie 18 which is a par five.
But we said let’s get a birdie on 17 which would make it easier for me to play the last hole which I managed to do. Hit it really close approach shot to about two feet on 17 (to keep his one shot lead). Then on 18, I was a bit nervous off the tee. Told myself that missing right was better than missing on the left which had water hazards.
Hit a bad drive on the right and luckily I managed to chip it out to my favourite distance for the third shot. I was discussing with my caddie as I wanted to chip the third shot but he told me that putting was a better option. So we putted past the hole which left me with an uphill putt from four feet. It was the better option rather than risk chunking my fourth shot with a chip.
I was a bit aggressive and I was quite confident with the four footer coming back for par as I’ve been putting well throughout the week.
It’s a special gift for my father. I won an ADT event in Malaysia which was on my mum’s birthday and this week, winning on Father’s Day is important. He’s taught me a lot since I was young. He brought me to the golf course, taught me how to be a better golfer and how to be a confident person to face the future. I just followed his advice and thanks to him, he guided me all the way until today to win this tournament. I’m sure he’s very happy. We did it on the right day.
I’m now looking for the next win. I want to be a multiple winner. Last year, I finished 12th on the Order of Merit, this win will take up me to about top-15 and my goal will be to break the top-10. Of course I want to go further in my career but my priority will be on the Asian Tour.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha) – Final Round 66 (-5), 270 (-14)
I didn’t have a good round on the second day (shot 72). I’m happy with three good rounds though. I played really good but Nicholas deserves the win. He had four good rounds, I had three good rounds. You can’t compete against that. If my second round was better, then I could have competed better. I didn’t win the winning score to be 15 under, I always thought the number will be 14 under.
I’m going to gain a few more spots on the World Rankings and this is another chance for me to learn in the bigger events. I just came back from the PGA TOUR event which also gave me a lot of confidence. I used it this week and it really helped.
Hung Chien-yao (Tpe) – Final Round 67 (-4), Total 271 (-13)
I’m really happy with the final result today. But I was thinking of my third round yesterday, I made nine birdies but wasted too many shots on a couple of holes. I’ll try to fix the problem the next time.
I wasn’t thinking of winning during the final round. In my head, in my mental game, I’m always thinking of top five or top 10. You need some luck to win and I’m happy with the result today. Happy with the way I played the last three holes which I birdied home.
This is going to add to my confidence. I played a tournament back home last week and shot a 65 on the last day to win the tournament and I always enjoy coming here to Koh Samui. Hopefully I can keep this confidence going.