HKO Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 19 Oct 2014

HKO Rd 4 What They Said

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SCOTT HEND (Aus) – Final Round 67 (-3), Total 267 (-13)
THE MODERATOR:   Congratulations.  How does it feel to be the champion of the Hong Kong Open?
SCOTT HEND:  Fantastic.  Sitting here amongst obviously Mr. Jiménez who has won many times and all the Australians that have won this golf tournament, a very prestigious tournament.
THE MODERATOR:  Talk us through the playoff with Angelo.
SCOTT HEND:  It was a bit surreal because obviously I walked straight off the golf course after making a fantastic up and down for par to get to the playoff.  And then sort of    it's great to win but I feel a little bit of sadness for Angelo making a bogey the way he did to lose the hole.
Obviously we all want to win the playoff but it would have been nice to make a birdie and beat your opponent instead of your opponent making an uncalculated mistake.  But I'll take the trophy.  I'll take the title.
Q.  Another big week coming up for you next week, defending your title.  Is it going to be hard to win two in a row?
SCOTT HEND:  If I don't get too hungover tonight, I might have a chance.
I love Mac could you.  Love the golf course.  Obviously I'm swinging the golf club pretty good right now, so anything can happen.
Q.  Will this mean you'll spend most of your time playing on The European Tour next season?
SCOTT HEND:  You know, I'll play a lot in Europe but I'll also try to fulfill my minimum tournaments here in Asia and support the Asian Tour as much as I can.  I feel that's a very important thing to do.  So I'll have a pretty busy schedule but it's one to look forward to try and play in.
Q.  Your approach on the last hole, what was your plan?  Were you trying to make a birdie or were you just trying to play safe and go for a playoff?
SCOTT HEND:  I saw the board when I was on 16, and I saw that Angelo had finished on 13 under.  But in this game, in this day and age, you don't believe the score boards all the time.  Mistakes do happen.
So our plan was to play 17 and 18 the way we played it every single day, and you know, would have been nice to roll a birdie in on 17 and not have to worry about trying to make birdie up 18.  But to be honest with you, when I was playing 18 the first time around, I was just trying to hit it 20 feet left of the pin and if I hold the putt in for birdie to win, I rolled the putt in.  Otherwise just go to the playoff and see what happens, because it's a dangerous golf hole.
Anything can happen on that hole.  We've seen it happen over the gears with the great playoffs when Wen Liang hit it out of the trees to a foot.  It's a dangerous hole and you don't want to play yourself out of it.
Q.  You made a special regard on 18 green to your caddie.  So is it your own caddie and in which part of the game does he give you a lot of assistance?
SCOTT HEND:  Tony Carolan has been a member of the Asian Tour himself.  He's played this tournament here I think seven or eight times.  He's a golf professional and we've known each other for over 20 years.  When he had an injury and could no longer play on the Tour, he said he would come out and help me by caddying for me.
Since he's been on the bag, we've had four wins in two years.  So he's a great mate, and sacrificing his own career to come out and help me and help me get over the line for a week.
Q.  I believe you're the first Australian to win this tournament since the great Greg Norman in '83, and I'm guessing he was a hero of yours growing up.  Talk about what that means to you?
SCOTT HEND:  I wasn't aware of that, but you know, obviously the Shark is the man from Australia.  If my career could be a quarter as good as Greg's I'd be pretty happy.
Like I said, there's a lot of great Australians, Kel Nagle, Peter Thomson, Greg Norman, the list goes on.  It's a great trophy as an Australian to get your name on, and like I said, this golf course has got a lot of history on it.  The members are great members and everything is fantastic around here.  You never have a problem here.  It's a pleasure to come and play here.
Q.  Do you feel nervous in the playoff?  You're walking with Angelo on the fairways, but on the other hand on the first putt, you drank some water.  So do you feel nervous or relaxed in the playoff?
SCOTT HEND:  There's things you go to try to slow yourself down a little bit.  To be honest I was more nervous at the start of the day than I was in the playoff hole.  Once you get into the round, start of the day    if you're not nervous, you don't want to be here.  If you're not nervous, you shouldn't be here.  We all want to win.
So it's a feeling that you get and it's the reason why I come and play golf and I want to be in contention.  I really thrive for the feeling of feeling nervous and I was less nervous on the playoff than I was before I teed off.
Q.  You dedicated the win to your kids.  How old are they?  Will you get them a nice present from Hong Kong?
SCOTT HEND:  They had better not get any more presents.  I want to throw half the toys out already, there's too many (laughter).
They have been watching the replays back in Florida.  My wife has been taping it and they have been watching me.  My wife's been having to pause the TV to see Tony on TV.  We just played the Web.com playoffs a couple weeks ago in America and I've had a dreadful time of it.
They will see it, and like I say, this one is dedicated to them.  They spend a lot of time without me, they are twins, Aston and McLaren, a boy and a girl.  They are eight years old, so they have had to do the hardship without me being there and me being away playing golf.  So it's for them.
ANGELO QUE (Phi) – Final Round 66 (-4), Total 267 (-13)
Q.  What are your thoughts on the week and how it's panned out?
ANGELO QUE:  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.  I think I hit the shot of my life on the last hole, so I can't complain.
Q.  I was going to ask you about the 9 iron, that was magnificent, wasn't it.
ANGELO QUE:  I hit a lot of great shots today.  I almost holed my tee shot on 1.  I holed a lot of putts today, and you know, I was hoping for another one on the last hole but unfortunately it fell a few yards short.  But you know, I finished second.  My target this week was just to finish Top 5, Top 10.  I finished second and had a chance to win.  I'm very happy.
Q.  Lovely spirit about that playoff, you and Hend just walking down the fairway together.
ANGELO QUE:  Yeah, I'm like that.  We're all trying to make money out here, trying to win.  I mean, we can all be friends.  We can't be enemies.  We are doing the same thing every week.  We just have to be friends.  We just have to be nice to each other.
Q.  Do you appreciate how close you came with the approach in the playoff?
ANGELO QUE:  Yeah, I trusted the shot.  I trusted    I didn't have second thoughts on any of my shots today.  So I'm very happy with my performance and I'm going to take it with me next week.
Q.  Going to Macau?
Hong Kong Open - Day OneANGELO QUE:  Yes, Macau.  I think I'm going to have two days rest I think and also I think I might have gotten into the CIMB, so looks like it's going to be a busy two more weeks.
Q. Thoughts getting into CIMB Classic?
I wasn’t even thinking about getting into the CIMB Classic. My plan was to do well this week and make few more bucks and keep my Asian Tour card. Now I’m in the CIMB Classic and that’s great. My plan was to keep my card and I can’t complain. I finished way up there on the Order of Merit and my thoughts is to enjoy the moment.
Q. What iron did you use on the 18th hole in regulation play?
Nine iron for my second shot. I had a 150 yards to the pin. It was basically one of those shots where you hit it or you don’t. It ended six inches from the hole so I couldn’t ask for a nearer birdie putt on the last. Going down the last hole, my goal was just to make par and finish second because I know how good Hend is. I didn’t give the title to him. I just hit a bad chip and that’s life. You move on and learn from it.
S.S.P. CHAWRASIA (Ind) – Final Round 67 (-3), Total 271 (-8)
Q.  Pleased with the way you finished on the back nine?
S.S.P. CHAWRASIA:  My back nine is really very well.  I just make a few putts, except last hole.
Q.  Did you sense that you had a chance?
S.S.P. CHAWRASIA:  Oh, yeah, I saw the leaderboard after 16, so I'm two thirds behind.  So 17, I make a birdie and one shot behind.  So obviously I press a little bit, so I'm trying to play the same routine but the last hole tee shot I hit left.
Anyway, I make a bogey but it's a good chance to win.
Q.  We spoke early on in the week; it's a course where nobody runs away and you always have that opportunity.
[caption id="attachment_36537" align="alignleft" width="240"]S.S.P Chowrasia of India S.S.P Chowrasia of India
S.S.P. CHAWRASIA:  This course is really a very tricky course honestly.  It's not for long hitter advantage and not for short hitter.  It's a very tricky course.  Every player, it's the same.
Q.  Do you take a lot of confidence about the way you've played and the finish?
S.S.P. CHAWRASIA:  I got really many, many confidence.  So I play next week in Macau, so hopefully same confidence I play there.
ERNIE ELS (Rsa) – Final Round 69 (-1), Total 271 (-9)
Q.  Thoughts on the week?
ERNIE ELS:  I obviously didn't play very well this weekend.  I think my finish yesterday, the bogey on 15 and 18, really cost me.  And physically, I've got to take care of this right hip.  I really don't hit it very well, so I've got to get that taken care of.
Other than that, I had a wonderful time.  Great people, wonderful golf course, great shape, well run.  So all in all, I'm happy with the week.
Q.  WILL the hip keep you out of tournaments coming up?
ERNIE ELS:  No, it won't but I've got to get it taken care of.  It's been bothering me for a while and it really got worse on the flight over here.  But I've got guys working on me.
But no, I'll keep playing.  I can't come all the way out here and not play.  So I'll just bite the bullet and hopefully it gets better.
Q.  Coming up to the end of the season, where do you feel your game is now?  How has the year been?
ERNIE ELS:  It hasn't been great, but with the new equipment, with Adams, it's really come around.  I love the putter.  I know I missed a couple here and there, especially yesterday, but I love the way I'm putting.  I like the way my game is coming around.
I just have to get this physical    this hip going, and hopefully I'll be fine.  Hopefully it's even good next week.  If that's the case, I think my game is good enough to maybe scrape a win out before the end of the year
Q.  Hong Kong Open has been confirmed for next year.  Your thoughts on that?
ERNIE ELS:  Yeah, brilliant.  I loved it this week.  I'd love to come back.  We have to check the date and so on.  I love the people here.  I love the golf course.  It's old school course.  I love it, I really do.  I'd love to come back, so we're going to have to check the schedule and make it work.
Q.  It's been pushed back a week, so it's going to be the final tournament before The Final Series.  Do you think that, Hong Kong and the two in China will help attract more?
ERNIE ELS:  That's got to make sense, much better sense.  The schedule has been a nightmare for the guys.  They went Portugal and they come here and then they have to go to Australia.  It's crazy.
So absolutely it makes sense to have this as the last event in the region and from here you move onto Shanghai or wherever we have to go.  So that will be brilliant.
Q.  Is the hip causing you problems in driving?
ERNIE ELS:  Irons even.  The lower I go down, the more it catches.  So there's a nerve that's catching somewhere.  You know, I'm trying to loosen it up, but it's really sore.  So I'm going to get somebody to get an elbow in, kick me, do something.
It really hindered me coming in.  You don't know if it's going to stay behind or come through.  It's been a bit of a problem.