2014 Reflections: What they said

Tue 23 Dec 2014

2014 Reflections: What they said

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Kuala Lumpur, December 22: As we conclude another memorable season, asiantour.com looks back at some the memorable quotes by our winners and champions.
“This win means a lot to me and I’m feeling a lot of pride. This is something which I aspired to do. Winning a co-sanction event and doing all this in one year is something which was unexpected because I did it so fast but now I know that if I play well, I can compete against the best.” – David Lipsky after winning the 2014 Order of Merit.
“David and I both fought and battled it out really hard. It is a huge thing for David to win the Order of Merit after becoming the first Asian Tour member to win at the Omega European Masters. He deserves everything he will get for winning the Order of Merit.” – Anirban Lahiri.
“I’m very, very happy and very proud of you guys and I’m so happy to be sharing the trophy and to get 10 points. It was a good comeback.” – Thongchai Jaidee at the EurAsia Cup after the draw with Europe.
“It was a great event and really showed team golf at its best, with Europe taking a strong lead but the Asian Team making a fantastic comeback to tie the match. The EurAsia Cup has amazing potential.” – Miguel Angel Jimenez at the EurAsia Cup.
“After the first day, finishing 5-nil behind, I wasn’t expecting that we are going to come back to share the trophy. But we still believed Team Asia can do it, that we could make a miracle.” – Kiradech Aphibarnrat at the EurAsia Cup.
“I think it’s a great moment for Asian golf because it’s put us on the map and I know a lot of people will now take notice of 10 of us and the Asian Tour.” – Gaganjeet Bhullar at the EurAsia Cup.
“It wasn’t easy.  Miguel was coming over to give me advice but I couldn’t hear much of what he was saying (laughter).” – Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano who was in the final singles match to determine the EurAsia Cup.
“I don’t think our team was guilty of being complacent.  The Asian team played very well, the last two guys and the 10 guys sitting here are professional players. You can’t take anybody lightly, especially in match-play, anything can happen.” – Graeme McDowell on the EurAsia Cup.
“When the thunderstorm came in, we were really happy because it gave us a break. Golf is strange like that because a player playing with momentum; plays unbelievable golf. After the suspension I knew it was like a new day for me.” – Padraig Harrington after winning the Bank BRI Indonesia Open
“It was a great final round from me but I was under so much pressure on the last hole. I’m still happy with how I played. The rain delay stopped my momentum. It wasn’t good. The pressure made me scared.” – Thanyakon Khrongpha after dropping a bogey on the last hole in Indonesia.
“She (Jain) told me that I’m too aggressive on the golf course and that I need to be calm and play easy. She said I shouldn’t put pressure on myself. It is a four-day tournament and I should take it step-by-step. Now here I am as the champion.” Rashid Khan on his mental coach after winning the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT.
“I played under pressure these last two days and I managed to get my swing right. These young guys look up to me and try to beat me but now I have to keep up with them! I’m looking forward to it and I’m glad that I’m there and a threat to them.” – Jyoti Randhawa after finishing second in Chiangmai.
“Winning and being comfortable and familiar with a golf course definitely makes a difference. In the end you just have to go play better than everybody else.” – Ryan Moore after defending his CIMB Classic title.
“It was my tournament but Ryan played fantastic. Hats off to him, he deserves it. It’s disappointing when you know you had the lead and it’s yours.” – Kevin Na after finishing second in the CIMB Classic.
“I’m just very happy to get this done. My wife Leanne and kids Aston and McLaren are back in Florida ... this one is for the kids. This one is to be treasured.” – Scott Hend after winning the Hong Kong Open in a play-off against Angelo Que.
“It actually panned out better than I thought. I had a chance to win, yeah, I did but I didn't win, so just move on. That's how it is. There's only one winner. Unfortunately I bogeyed the last (in play-off.” – Angelo Que in Hong Kong.
“Who says I’m old? Still young boy.” – Thaworn Wiratchant after winning the King’s Cup.
“It feels good to have the complete Royal collection. I won the Queen’s Cup and now I can add the King’s Cup to my trophy cabinet.” Thaworn Wiratchant again.
“He (late father) kept me going in golf when I was struggling over the past few years. It’s a real shame that he’s not here anymore to witness this win but I’m sure he will be happy for me wherever he is.” Steve Lewton after winning the Mercuries Taiwan Masters.
“I am disappointed for sure but I guess I have to work harder for my win. Perhaps I was not lucky enough but overall, I’m still happy with how I played.” – Antonio Lascuna after finishing second in Taipei.
“After the 2011 Avantha Masters win, I was working hard for another win to boost my confidence. It took me almost three years so I will take a lot of positives from this win.” – SSP Chowrasia after winning the Panasonic Open India.
“I knew the momentum would swing throughout the final day and I told myself to play normally and not to worry too much about the leaderboard. I missed a couple of chances towards the end and that just took the game away from me. It was a tough contest in the end with lot of contenders but S.S.P. played the best golf to come through.” – Rahil Gangjee after losing in a play-off.
“It is meaningful to me, whether it’s a small or big tournament. At every tournament, I am always trying my best. There was pressure as I wanted to go out there and play some good golf.” – Thaworn Wiratchant after winning the Queen’s Cup.
“Three weeks ago, I was thinking about of quitting the game.  And now, I’ve got this win.” – Mardan Mamat after winning the Resorts World Manila Masters presented by 918.com
“This is my last event of the year and it’s nice to finish with a win and go into Christmas and start the New Year with confidence.” – Lee Westwood after winning the Thailand Golf Championship.
“I knew he (Scott Hend) was playing some good golf and I told myself that I was going to keep coming back, keep coming back and keep attacking. I wanted to make him think I was not going to go away.” – Anirban Lahiri after winning the Venetian Macau Open.
“You always joke about holing it and then it actually went in. I didn’t know how to react and so I just screamed and I lost my voice a little bit. It’s once in a lifetime kind of shot.” – Bubba Watson on his eagle at the closing hole for a play-off at the HSBC Champions.
“After my last win, I had issues with my swing which related to my body weight of 120kgs. Now, I’m 93kg, so I can go back to the old swing.” – Chapchai Nirat after winning the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters.
“This win is especially rewarding as it was against a top field that includes players from the Asian Tour. I saw lots of happy faces among the crowd too and I’m glad my victory made it a special day for them.” – Hiroyuki Fujita after winning the Asia Pacific Championship Diamond Cup.
“It’s really great to get my first win outside of India. I have missed out on it for a long time and I am so glad I managed to do it.” – Anirban Lahiri after winning the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters.
“Words can’t describe how it feels from being an invite to a winner. I have to thank ICTSI and the Asian Tour for giving me the invite. To come away with the trophy is amazing. I’m a bit lost for words.” – Marcus Both after winning the ICTSI Philippine Open.
“It’s definitely a very special feeling to be the first player from the Asian Tour to win this event.” – David Lipsky after winning the Omega European Masters.
“It feels awesome. It’s my home course and winning here is special. It’s amazing.” – Rashid Khan after winning the SAIL-SBI Open.
“I found out during the week that my caddie was pregnant and Angelo (Que) said Filipinos believe it was good luck. I thought I’ll take advantage of that and I won.” - Richard T. Lee after winning the Solaire Open.
“I’ve been waiting for this win for a long time. I am really glad I made it. Hopefully I won’t have to wait another eight years to win again.” – Prom Meesawat after winning the Yeangder TPC.