Ajeetesh Sandhu (Ind) – Final Round 70 (-2), 276 (-12)
I’m still shaking from the last putt but now that I’m thinking about it, it is absolutely amazing. I thought I would be a lot more nervous than what I was but after I got back to the hotel yesterday (round 3), I had so much of support from India. So many people, including people I don’t know were messaging me. That really calmed me down.
I’m proud of myself that I was able to focus on my own my game. I was just trying to hit the next shot the best that I could and I won.
There were a lot of turning points. I started off really good. I didn’t birdie the first hole but I played it really well and I birdied two and three. I just played them absolutely perfect. After that I felt so comfortable. Those birdies really made me calm down.
I thought about the win after I hit the drive on 18 because the guys were two shots back. But then my second shot ended up in the bunker and I told myself that you can’t let that thought enter your mind. It does cross your mind but I was pretty sure I had to come back to the present.
While I was walking up the 18th hole, Johannes Veerman said to me, “Good drive man but you better birdie this hole because I’m going to eagle it.” And his chip for eagle actually hit the flag! He just looked at me and we both laughed. It was great fun playing with him.
(on Lu Wei-chih) If someone can come back from that (brain surgery), it is just amazing and he is a great champion. The way he handles himself is so respectable. It was amazing to play with him.
I have a country exemption on the Asian Tour so missing out on an Asian Tour card wasn’t the biggest disappointment. I was expecting to play in some Asian Tour events this year but with the way the Tour is looking next year, this win couldn’t come at a better time.
To be honest, I’ve had a couple of close calls at home but I didn’t get it done. I guess I was saving for this win.
Johannes Veerman (Usa) – Final Round 71 (-1), Total 277 (-11)
I knew I had to eagle to force a play-off and we all think about that Tiger Woods moment when you have to do something crazy to win. I was telling myself, ‘this is it, this is the moment’ and when my ball hit the pin, it was unreal. It didn’t go in but it was still a great shot.
I played really well on the front side but I didn’t make any birdies. That’s part of the game of golf. Hopefully the next time I’m in contention I will be making birdies and not just pars. I hope it is just a matter of ‘when’ I will win my first Asian Tour title. Look at Gavin (Green), he is my friend and he finished three times runner-up before he finally won. That just shows you that you have to keep moving forward.
Lu Wei-chih (Tpe) – Final Round 72 (even), Total (-10)
I am disappointed with how I finished and I think I could have done better if not for my three bogeys on 12, 14 and 17. I think that Sandhu won because he made pars but Veerman and I bogeyed a few holes.
My caddy kept me calm towards the last few holes. On 17 I wanted to play a five-iron but instead listened to my caddy and played a six-iron. My shot ended up short of the green and I bogeyed that hole.
On the 18th, it was the opposite case. My second shot went into the greenside bunker I got it out to about six feet but missed my birdie putt. Overall it is okay and I’m still happy with the result.