#PanasonicOpen Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 24 Apr 2016

#PanasonicOpen Rd 4 What They Said

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Yuta Ikeda (Jpn) – Final Round 65 (-6), Total 271 (-13)
It is great to win my 14th title in Japan and it is my first title after turning 30 (in December last year).
I played so well on the front nine and that kept the momentum going for me. I was two shots back yesterday and changed the shaft in my equipment because I felt something was wrong. It really helped and I was swinging it much better.
Is it unusual to change things during the week? Well I did the same thing after the first round! Mentally it kept playing in my mind because my swing felt good but I was more in control of my swing after making changes in my equipment.
I will consider taking up Asian Tour membership. There are a lot of good tournaments on the Asian Tour and I really like travelling to different parts of Asia. It will also be nice to play in tournaments sanctioned with the European Tour. I look forward to a different challenge.
I have a winner’s exemption on the Asian Tour now and I will have access to play on the European Tour through the co-sanction tournaments.
Marcus Fraser (Aus) – Final Round 68 (-3), Total 274 (-10)
It was a great week. Coming up here, I wasn’t expecting much. I wanted to put another number up for the Order of Merit. I had three weeks off and did some good practice last week and felt comfortable.
I needed to get off to a fast start and that didn’t happen. Yuta (Ikeda) played nicely on the front and set himself up to win. I couldn’t keep up with him. He just kept going and made some early birdies. He played flawless golf on the front nine. He played better than everyone else and deserves to win.
The Order of Merit is always on the back of your mind and to come out here to finish tied second is a great confidence booster.
I came here trying to get another number up because the schedule will be busy towards the end of the year. To come here and play well and add more money on the Order of Merit is a huge bonus.
Shiv Kapur (Ind) – Final Round 72 (+1), Total 276 (-8)
I got off to a steady start but made one bad swing on five. I hit it left then tried to hit a shot out of the trees but it hit a tree and went further into the bush and that compounded that error.
It was one of those days where nothing happened for me. I was just trying to grind out the scores and make something happen. I’m obviously disappointed not to play better in the final round but I’m also proud with the fact that I came back, fought hard and made a couple of birdies in my last four holes.
There are a lot of positives to take from the week. I haven’t played in the final group in a while. I put myself in contention and had the juices flowing. Obviously it has been a while since I won. Today is a big stepping stone because I finish top-10 in the Indian Open and top-five here. It is a huge building block for the rest of the year. Hopefully the win is just around the corner.