Xiamen, China, December 3: Read what players have to say following the final round of the KG S&H CITY Asian Golf Championship on Saturday.
Bowen Xiao (Chn) – Final Round 74 (+2), Total 285 (-3)
When I started making bogeys on 15 and 16, I got nervous because I only had a one-shot lead. The four-feet bogey putt on the par-four 18th was the highlight for me today as it ensured my place in the play-off.
When I knew I got into the play-off, I felt really relieved. I thought it doesn’t matter if I lose or win because I am already very happy with how I played. I was quite composed heading into the play-off so I guess that helped.
I am really honoured to be the third player from China to win on the Asian Tour. I don’t dare to compare myself against former Asian Tour winners Liang Wen-chong and Zhang Lian-wei because I have not achieved as much as they did for golf in China.
I started playing golf in 2008 and turned professional in 2012. This is my very first professional win and it means the world to me. I enjoyed playing against the Asian Tour players in my first Asian Tour event this week so I am looking forward to playing on the Asian Tour again.
It’s great to win a one-year exemption on the Asian Tour. I am going to go back and have a think through on my schedule for next year. I will also ask my friends on the Asian Tour for some pieces of advice as well. Tiger Woods is my idol. It’s great to see him making a comeback this week.
I have been waking up early to watch him play this week. I have always liked the way he plays. I guess I am more or less inspired by him this week.
Before winning today, I have imagined countless times how my first victory will be liked. It was never the way it turned out today. I am actually feeling really emotional inside. I have a lot of people to thank for. It hasn’t been easy but I am glad I managed to get the job done this week.
Bryden Macpherson (Aus) – Fourth Round 69 (-3), Total 285 (-3)
I played really well. It was a tough golf course. I didn’t hit any bad shots, apart from a few earlier in the tournament. That happens but today, I played really well to put myself into contention.
Today, I hit a bad shot on the 14th. Aside from that, I played great. I gave myself every opportunity and unfortunately, sometimes, things just don’t go your way.
Xiao played really well in the two playoff holes. I don’t mind losing to good golf and he played some really good golf.
During the play-off, nothing was in my mind. I just wanted to play golf. I didn’t hit my approach shots as well as I’d love to, but it happens. It is part of golf.
The Asian Golf Championship is great. It’s very professional and run very well. I’m looking forward to playing more golf with these guys (from the Asian Tour) in the future.
Liu Yan-wei (Chn) – Fourth Round 71 (-1), Total 286 (-2)
I would have loved to do better, but overall, it has been a very good week for me.
Today, I played quite patiently. I had a very good back nine (where he carded four birdies and two bogeys).
I was thinking of chasing for the lead, especially after the birdie on the 17th. It didn’t materialize, but that’s alright.
This year, I’m aiming to get into the top-60 of the Asian Tour Order of Merit. My results this would have certainly helped
Marcus Both (Aus) – Fourth Round 77 (+5), Total 287 (-1)
As I’ve said all week, it’s a golf course that will bite you. A double or triple is just one bad swing away. Aside from one hole, I’ve done a great job throughout the tournament.
It’s hard to win a tournament. I had this amazing calmness this morning. The warm-up was great and the first few holes were great.
If I’m looking at the entire tournament, I only had four over-par holes. Two bogeys on the first day. One bogey today, and obviously that one (the par-four fourth).
After that, I played very nicely. I played a nice tee shot and a nice iron shot. I never thought that I was out of it.
Namchok Tantipokhakul (Tha) – Fourth Round 75 (+3), Total 288 (even par)
Today wasn’t great for me. I had quite a number of bogeys. Even had two lost balls. I wasn’t nervous today, it just didn’t work out for me on Sunday.
I’m just happy that I achieved a top-10 finish. I’m now closer to a top-60 finish on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.