#BBO Rd 4 What They Said

Sat 04 Feb 2017

#BBO Rd 4 What They Said

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Dhaka, February 4: Read what players have to say following the final round of the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open on Saturday.
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand
Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) – Final Round 67 (-4), Total 267 (-17) - WINNER
A lot of things were going through my head walking down the 18th hole. I was just chatting with my caddy and we were talking about how to celebrate but we didn’t do anything as planned in the end. It was kind of funny.
I have been in the lead for the last couple of times but just not being able to get the job done. I am glad I finally did it today. I shot seven-over on the last day in India and fell all the way down the leaderboard. I lost the play-off in the ADT event in Thailand last December too.
I wasn’t disappointed actually because I know my chance will come soon. I just accepted my results as it is. You got to handle the pressure somehow. I guess those setbacks helped in my game. The win came sooner than I thought.
I have been waiting for this win for so long. I started playing on the Asian Tour when I was an amateur at 14. It’s just a huge relief that I managed to get the job done. It wasn’t easy. I took a step back as I lost my card for the first time in my career last season. I didn’t make the mark at Qualifying School too.
I was actually hoping to get an invite to the Maybank Championship in Malaysia next week. But now I don’t think I need it anymore. I don’t have to worry about the rest of the season too.
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand - Bashundhara Bangladesh Open 2017 winner Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand
I didn’t get much sleep last night to be honest. Even though I had a four-shot lead, I still wasn’t comfortable heading out today. I think this is the longest 18holes that I have played in my life. I am happy that I am through it. I had a very good round. I wish my parents are here with me right now.
I played a similar course like this at the Delhi Golf Club in India last December. I had a good start to the week but suffered a meltdown on the last day. I got a huge crowd following me that week too. I guess that experience has helped me today. I didn’t feel as nervous when the local crowd followed Sididikur today.
I am still nervous now. I don’t know what to say. It was a huge relief for me on the last. I finally did it. I didn’t sleep well last night but I did eat well. You can’t not be nervous when you’re leading into the final round. I knew Siddikur had the home course advantage. I just tried to do my best out there.
I was just hoping for a solid round. My target was to shoot a three or four-under. I am very happy I did it. It was really a solid round. Everything was good. I made peace with pressure. I guess the experience of being a monk helps. It helps me become a better person. You look at the world in a different perspective now. You are more positive towards everything.
Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh
Siddikur RAHMAN (BAN) – Final Round 66 (-5), Total 271 (-13)
It has been a long time since I last played so well. It was a great round and a superb week. Getting such a huge crowd following me on my home course, I am really thankful. I am happy with how I played too.
I played really good golf. I struggled with food poisoning earlier this week so to finish second here, I have no complaints. I stayed at home to recuperate earlier this week so I didn’t get much preparation. I am glad I was able to recover in time for the tournament.
I was just playing for par on the 18. I heard Dodge was at 11-under-par in third so I thought I just needed a par to keep my second place. But I made a birdie there. It’s my favourite hole here.
It has been an excellent week. The course is great and the weather too. Most importantly, I had a great home support this week. I am truly appreciative. My parents were out here supporting me today and I have my brother Rafiqul on my bag too.
Dodge Kemmer of USA Dodge Kemmer of USA
Dodge KEMMER (USA) – Final Round 68 (-3), Total 273 (-11)
This is my best finish on the Asian Tour. I am really happy. I had some bad bogeys today. I misjudged a couple of irons on the fairways and didn’t manage to get up and down.
I had a really good two-iron on five and seven to make birdies. I managed to get it going on the back. I started feeling very good with my putter. I made a couple of putts on the back. I had a 25-feet birdie on 12.
Finishing third in my first Asian Tour event this season, it’s obviously a good start for me. I didn’t have any status and I am happy I didn’t give myself too much pressure this week.
I was four-over through 10 when I started out in the tournament. I didn’t feel like I was playing like that. I managed to go 15-under in the next 62 holes so I am really pleased with the way I turned the game around.
The course doesn’t really suit me. I am used to hitting a lot of drivers and irons on longer courses so to come here and play well, hitting two or three drivers a day, it’s a new experience for me. I am very happy.
Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand
Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) – Final Round 67 (-4), Total 274 (-10)
Shooting four-under on the final day and on the fourth of February, which is my birthday, I had to be very happy. I have been playing bad on the third day in the last few weeks. I am happy to close with a much better round today. I have been hitting the ball good the whole week.
I think I tried to push myself too much on the third day. But today, I went out there with no expectations. It’s my birthday too so I was feeling happy. I was just trying to have fun and enjoy myself out there. I didn’t want to feel stressed on my birthday.
I am happy with my good result. I gave myself a lot of chances, especially on the back nine. I rolled quite a few putts on the back and I took advantage of the par-fives too. I had a really solid back nine. Hopefully I can continue this good form into next week.
The key is to enjoy the game. Whatever happens, happens.