My Winning Reflections: Chawalit Plaphol

Thu 11 Apr 2013

My Winning Reflections: Chawalit Plaphol

  • SHARE
April 11: Thailand’s Chawalit Plaphol secured his fourth Asian Tour victory at the season-opening Zaykabar Myanmar Open in February with two closing birdies earning him a one-shot triumph. The sweet-swinging Thai savoured his victory as it ended a two-year winless run on the region’s premier Tour. In the first of our Winning Reflections series, Chawalit recalls the magical week.
By Chawalit Plaphol
It was a week which worked out really well for me. I was driving the ball beautifully all week and also putted nicely which is key to the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club. My short game, especially my wedge play, was also very sharp during the tournament.
I led by two strokes going into the final round but I knew it was going to be very close as players are able to put together a low round at Royal Mingalardon. And true enough, Mithun Perera had a great round going on the last day.
I recalled making a bogey on the ninth hole to drop back to 16-under for the tournament and it was up and down for me as I made birdie on 14 and then dropped another bogey on 15 to stay on 16-under.
Playing the last two holes, I knew that Mithun had finished strongly with a 65 to set the clubhouse mark at 17-under-par as he was three holes ahead of my group.
On the 17th tee, I knew I needed to hit the fairway but unfortunately, didn’t hit my second shot close enough to the pin. I was left with about a 30-footer for birdie. It was an uphill putt and I just told myself that I needed to give the putt a go. I certainly didn’t want to leave it short of the hole.Zaykabar Myanmar Open - Round Three
Somehow, the ball found the bottom of the cup. I never thought it would go in as it was such a long putt. It was a big bonus that it went in.
Tied for the lead and playing the par five closing hole, I knew I had a good chance to shoot another birdie for the victory. I hit the fairway with a good drive and then layed up with a six iron to about 108 yards to the pin.
With a wedge, I hit it a pretty good shot to about four feet of the flag. Looking at the putt, I had a lot of confidence that I would hole it and I wasn’t at all nervous. Even if I missed that putt, I knew I would still have an advantage in the play-off as Mithun is not a long hitter and we were to go back to the par five 18th hole.
Thankfully, I holed the putt for my win. It is good to win again after two years and this will give me a lot of confidence moving forward for the rest of the 2013 season.
Ends