CIMB Classic Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 02 Nov 2014

CIMB Classic Rd 4 What They Said

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RYAN MOORE
CHRIS REIMER:  We want to welcome and congratulations our 2014 CIMB Classic champion Ryan Moore.  Ryan, displayed brilliant golf all week long but especially down the stretch today.  Wonderful shots on 14, 15, 17, grinded out the par when you didn't necessarily need it on 18, but talk about especially the finishing stretch and what it means to come here and defend your title.
RYAN MOORE:  Well, it was incredible to finish the way I did.  You know, coming down to the last few holes, I like to tell myself all the time that I'm a closer.  That's what I play golf for.  These are the moments and what I'm out here for, so let's do what we can.  Let's just hit good shots, and lets see if we can close this thing, and I was able to do that.
On 14 there, Kevin hit a great drive that looked like kind of almost like a two putt for birdie and I had laid up, but that was my strategy all along.  That's where I was comfortable with that pin, and to hit a great wedge shot in there was a perfect    I laid it upright exactly where I needed to, perfect, full sand wedge.  Just couldn't have had a nicer shot, almost ended up making that one.
Then hit a great shot into that par 3, the next hole, 15, kind of made a mess of 16, but then bounced right back and hit just a great little three footer pitching wedge into 17 really to kind of cap it off at that point so I could just cruise in.
CHRIS REIMER:  You mentioned outside this is a tournament that even if you hadn't won twice in a row, you would still suggest to all the other PGA TOUR players to come visit here.  Why is that?
RYAN MOORE:  You know, I love it down here.  I enjoy the trip every single year, not just I keep winning here, but that would be nice if that kept happening.  I would like that.  I would like it even more.
But no, I've enjoyed it from the get go when we played it at The Mines, and I love this golf course.  I think this is a really good test of golf.  It tests every aspect of your game.  It's just one I look forward to coming to really every year.  It's just great hospitality, and honestly everything about it.  It's just a great, great week.
Q.  Just want to find out, does this golf course make you play your best golf?
RYAN MOORE:  I think last year I took a very I'd like to say simple approach to the course.  I kind of saw it as a course that it's just all about being in play.  It's all about being in position.  The rough was a little deeper last year, so being in the fairways was just a super premium.  You really needed to be in the fairway.  It wasn't as long this year, but still, it's a golf course that you can attack from the fairways, and as soon as you start missing and you're in the rough, you're scrambling for pars, and it will catch up to you.  It's a course that honestly feels like it's more scorable than it is.  You kind of step on to it and feel like you should go shoot 4  or 5 under and you find yourself at even par after 14 or 15 holes playing pretty good golf a lot of the time.
I think it's just my approach to it.  I'm very conservative off the tees.  I hit a lot of 3 woods, even on par 5s I hit a lot of 3 woods.  It's all about being in position and just giving myself that good yardage for my third shot, and that's what I'm focused on, not trying to rip a driver down there and then trying to get a 3 wood up around the green.  This course for me doesn't work that way.
Q.  How much nerves were you feeling before taking the last shot, and what were you thinking at that point?
RYAN MOORE:  On my putt on the last hole?  I was pretty nervous through I would say 15, 16.  There was a good amount of nerves, especially after making bogey there on 16.
17, I had hit not a great drive, but I kind of snuck it in the fairway there on the right side, and honestly, it was very unfortunate, we don't know where Kevin's ball went there.  He hit it right and we looked and looked, and I think in some ways it kind of distracted me from being nervous.  We kind of had to wander around and look for the ball and all that stuff.  And honestly by the time I got up to hit my second shot on 17 I kind of didn't have the nerves anymore and just kind of stepped up there, was a really comfortable yardage and a shot I had been hitting all week, and you obviously don't expect to hit those to about six inches like that, but it was a shot that I was very comfortable with and I felt like I could hit a good shot right there.
Coming down 18 with a three shot lead, there's less nerves, but there's still plenty of nerves there.  There's plenty of trouble all the way down that hole that you can get in if you hit an errant shot.  Definitely hadn't hit the greatest tee shot in there, hit it a little right, but that's why I hit 3 wood, because I can get away with missing it a little bit and still have a reasonable second shot.
Q.  The last three wins have come in this swing, and it's all been in October.  Is there a reason why you play good in this part of the season?  Is it because it's a new season?
RYAN MOORE:  You know, it's a good question, and I've been thinking about that for a while trying to figure out why.  I think part of it is we've had a good long year, and then you kind of have a little break before you go play these, but I have three or four weeks off, so you kind of get a little bit of a break and are much more rested when you play these events.  But yeah, I have no idea.  Maybe it's because the end is near.  I see that I'm going to have like six or seven weeks off pretty soon, and it's like, all right, it's kind of the home stretch, and just play some good golf and finish off the year.  I have no idea.  I've got to figure that out and try and approach every tournament that way apparently.
Q.  It's pretty rare to win the same title two years in a row.  It's even rarer to beat the same guy twice.  Are you going to buy Gary a drink at some point?
RYAN MOORE:  You know, he had a fantastic weekend.  I saw him charging up there today, and that honestly motivated me to just keep making birdies.  Obviously he was playing some good golf, played great golf knew and knew he must have been feeling pretty good.  It kind of kept me focusing on making birdies.  Kevin was right there with me, as well, but in my mind I was trying to get to 18 the whole time.  That was kind of the goal.  I got close.
But that was the goal.  I felt like I knew if I got to 18, I would have it.
Q.  Over the course of the four days and particularly today, is there one aspect of your game that you think was the key to winning?
RYAN MOORE:  Well, there's always putting.  When it comes down to it, you have to make putts.  You can hit all the great shots you want.  I can hit a great shot like I did into 15, that par 3, and still got to get up and make a 10 foot downhill left to righter, and I made the putts for the most part kind of when I needed to to keep momentum and keep staying positive during my rounds.  Didn't hit a great putt on 16 honestly.  It might have been my worst putt of the whole tournament, but was able to bounce back and birdie 17.
Q.  Given the weather the past few days, were you bracing yourself for better today or even going into Monday?
RYAN MOORE:  Well, I had looked at it this morning and it looked like there was much less percentage of chance to get rain than it had been on the previous days, so at least I was optimistic that we had a chance to finish.  But that's just part of it.  You know, and when those things happen, I always try and think of like everyone has to deal with it, it's not just you.  Everyone out there is dealing with going and sitting around and waiting to go back out and all that stuff, so try and be positive about it and not let it affect me.
Q.  What is your advice to young Malaysians who aspire to get to where you are having seen you this afternoon play as well as you did?  Would you have time on a future visit, and I know the schedule is busy, to spend some time with young Malaysians before the tournament starts, or is the program too tight and the distance too far away?
RYAN MOORE:  It is a little tight, but that's something we'd have to look at next year and see if we can do something on a Tuesday afternoon or a Wednesday or something.  The hard part is the time change when you come over here.  You go play early in the morning on Tuesday and Wednesday and you're so tired at 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon, and it's so important to rest and get ready for the tournament.  But as far as advice, this game is a great game and it's a lot of fun.  Always keeping it fun.  I think so many kids start treating it like a job when they're 12, 13 years old.  It's a game and it's fun and you should be enjoying it and going out and having fun and playing and having chipping contests and putting contests with your friends.  That's the kind of stuff that makes this game so great.
Q.  Still very early into the FedExCup race, but really how does this sort of set you up for the upcoming season?
RYAN MOORE:  I mean, this is huge to start off with a victory and to get those 500 points early.  It really does set the schedule for me.  It makes me really get to just choose and play what I want to play and not necessarily adding stuff in or maybe wearing myself out.  Just having a victory like this early in the year just allows me to be really choosey about why I play.  I think that's huge for me, and it's been so big to be able to choose the last year, just be able to be really well rested and prepared every single tournament I've played, and I've played much more consistent because of that.
Q.  How important do you see the Olympic Games in two years' time?  Do you see that as a target for yourself, or do you think it's going to do the game of golf a lot of good, the fact that it's the Olympic Games?
RYAN MOORE:  I think it could.  I think it could be a very big positive.  It's honestly not even on my radar now given as far away as it is and being that I'm American and it's going to be very, very hard to get one of those few spots that are going to be available.  But you know, good golf takes care of it, and that's kind of how I approach everything.  If I play good and I'm playing well enough to get myself on it, then fantastic.  I think that's great.
But I don't let those types of things motivate me.  I'm motivated by trying to win golf tournaments.  That's what I'm motivated by.  I show up and try and win, and if I don't I go on to the next one and I try and win.  It's pretty simple.
CHRIS REIMER:  This gets you into a lot of different events, so I assume we'll see you in Maui for Kapalua?
RYAN MOORE:  Yep, I will be in Maui because of this.  That's exciting.  I hadn't thought about that until right now.  I love that tournament, and this gets me in there.
CHRIS REIMER:  Congratulations, Ryan, defending champion, and give it another go in 2016 I imagine?
RYAN MOORE:  Absolutely.  Thank you.
[caption id="attachment_38701" align="alignleft" width="300"]Gary Woodland of USA Gary Woodland of USA
GARY WOODLAND
Q. Obviously a disappointing way to finish.
GARY WOODLAND:  Yeah, I played beautifully all week.  I didn't get anything out of it the first two days, and finally put some rounds together the last two days.  You know, it's frustrating to bogey the last hole two days in a row.  Par 5s cost me this week.  I played beautifully outside the par 5s.  Finally birdied three of them today and then gave one away there on the last.
Q.  You're known for being one of the longer guys on TOUR.  This isn't necessarily a course you can overpower, but you've kind of figured a few things out about how to play?
GARY WOODLAND:  Yeah, it sets up great to my eye.  It does.  It allows me, the holes I hit driver, it's a huge advantage.  The fairways are really soft so they're playing wider than they look, and I had some    par 3s, everything sets up pretty good.  Unfortunately the par 5s, which I should be able to get with irons, cost me this week.
Q.  Talk about 18 there at the end.
GARY WOODLAND:  Yeah, when I teed off I was two back.  I missed the drive a little bit and I was just trying to get it just short of the green.  I hit it    missed the second shot a little bit and I had a horrible lie, and I actually hit a great third shot in there.  I tried to make the putt and hit it a little too hard, and I missed the next one coming back.
Q.  You beat 70 some players in the field, though, so all in all
GARY WOODLAND:  Yeah, it's positive.  I've been off six weeks, so it was nice to come back.  It was nice to be in contention again on the weekend.  It was nice to play well.  Hopefully ride that momentum and play well next week.
Q.  Are you going to make sure that Ryan Moore doesn't make the trip over next year?
GARY WOODLAND:  Yeah, he's playing great.  I played with him the first two days.  The golf course sets up great for him, as well.  His game looks really good.  He's driving it well and rolling the ball really well.  That adds up to pretty good scores.
Q.  Being that you're two kind of different players, do you still play the course similarly?  Do you guys carve the same shots out there or is it pretty different?
GARY WOODLAND:  It's pretty different.  He's playing probably a little more conservative, I play more aggressively, and it just adds up.  He made a couple more putts than I did.
SERGIO GARCIA
Q. Thoughts on your final round for today?
SERGIO GARCIA:  Yeah, well, I felt like I played pretty decent.  Front nine I was quite good, gave myself a lot of chances.  Unfortunately the putts didn't want to drop.  Then finally started making some birdies on 5, 7 and 9, and I just had a really bad break on 10, hit my tee shot a little left and hit the cart path, and the ball kind of disappeared.  That one kind of put me off a little bit. I had to do something really, really extremely good coming in, and there were some tough holes.  12 and 13 were playing quite tough. Even 18 wasn't that easy to make a birdie.
You know, but I felt like I fought quite hard, and obviously Ryan played really, really well.  He hit two or three really good shots coming in that gave him a little bit of extra room to maneuver with, and he deserved it.
Q.  Was there a point in the round at which you thought you could claim a title?
SERGIO GARCIA:  Well, after 9 I thought I had a chance.  I thought if I can hit a decent tee shot on 10 or even make birdie on 10, even missing the fairway, which you can do, I thought I had a chance because I finally got some things going after two or three lip outs early in the round for birdie.  But unfortunately that double bogey kind of stopped me a little bit.
[caption id="attachment_38732" align="alignleft" width="300"]Sergio Garcia of Spain Sergio Garcia of Spain
Q.  What are your thoughts on the event?  Do you think in the future it will attract more players to the CIMB Classic?
SERGIO GARCIA:  Well, hopefully.  I think the tournament is good.  The golf course is nice.  Hopefully.  Hopefully it will attract more and more high players as the years go on.  But I can't see the future, so we'll see.
KEVIN NA
You were in control, what changed?
I was. I was playing so well, hitting it so good and the bogey on 13. It’s a tough hole. Missed the fairway, hit a good putt which didn’t go in and it’s not a big deal. I hit a good drive on 14 and a yard short, the ball would have come down stone dead for eagle. And then I had no chance up there. I did a good job keeping it on the top shelve and I hit a good putt. And it broke the other way.
On 16?
I was a bit frustrated. A camera went off and I backed off and you probably saw me shake a finger to say no cameras. I never regrouped. It’s my fault hitting a bad putt and it’s hard to recover from that late in the day. One shot could be the difference in winning the championship or not. I never got it together before I hit the next shot and you saw what happened. I got very unlucky. It hit the trees and never came down. It stuck up on the palm tree.
It was my tournament, I thought 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 but Ryan did step it up in the end. Good for him.
CAMERON SMITH
Q. It was a fantastic way to finish your week with a bogey free 68.
CAMERON SMITH:  Yeah, I hit the ball pretty solid all week.  Could have holed a few more putts on the back nine today, but that's the way it goes, so I'm pretty happy with it.  Not much to complain about.
Q.  When you look back at the week, what did you do well to get you this top 5?
CAMERON SMITH:  I think I drove the ball a lot better this week than I have been.  I putted well, as well.  I think if you get it in the rough around here you get pretty penalized, so I managed to keep it out of there, and that's where I scored well, I think.
[caption id="attachment_38737" align="alignright" width="300"]Cameron Smith of Australia Cameron Smith of Australia
Q.  Your year keeps getting better and better, doesn't it?
CAMERON SMITH:  Yeah.  You know, beyond expectations for me.  Yeah, I'm pretty happy.
Q.  Some decisions to make, as well, with this exemption to the PGA TOUR next week?
CAMERON SMITH:  Yeah.  I think I'm going to go.  It would be a pretty hard offer to turn down.
Q.  Looking back at your career 10 months ago when you came to qualifying school and where you are now, can you sum it all up in a few sentences?
CAMERON SMITH:  No, not really.  I can't.  I don't even know what to say.  Completely speechless.
Q.  All the top 10s that you've had in quick succession, has it been down to the work that you've done during your amateur days?  What's been the reason?
CAMERON SMITH:  I think just my attitude.  My attitude this year has been a lot better towards working and working on my game.
Q.  This gets you up on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, as well, maybe giving yourself to challenge David and Anirban for No. 1.  Is that something in the back of your mind?
CAMERON SMITH:  I'm not really sure.  I'm going to have to see how the rest of the year turns out.
ANGELO QUE
Q. 2 under for today.  Happy with the result?
ANGELO QUE:  No, not happy.
Of course I'm happy.  Always shooting under par on the weekend is always a great way to go.  I finished top 10.  My goal was to finish somewhere around there or even higher.  I did it.  I'm very proud of myself, very happy.  Everybody back home supported me.  I have a lot of Tweets and messages from Facebook.  They were all behind me, and a few of my friends were here, as well.  So very happy, very glad.
You know, I can't ask for more.  This is what it is.
Q.  Reflect on the week.  What worked for you all during the week?
ANGELO QUE:  I think a little bit of everything.  Driving, iron shots, short game, putting, and the way I was thinking on the course.  For the first time probably in my life I'm the least nervous this week.  I did still feel nervous a few holes, but I think I was pretty stable out there where I handled myself pretty good.
Q.  Any reason why?
ANGELO QUE:  I think I'm playing with a lot of confidence right now, trusting myself.  It's always trust issues, you know.  If you trust yourself more, I think you'll tend to do better.
Q.  And this gets you into the next PGA TOUR event, a big decision for you to make.
ANGELO QUE:  Actually I only found out on the last hole when I was talking to Cam Smith and I was telling him I just want to finish top 10, and he said, well, you can get into the next event in the States, and I'm like, are you serious.  And as soon as we got in, that's what they said.  It's so true.  Now I have to let my wife know, so I guess I won't be home again.
[caption id="attachment_38694" align="alignleft" width="300"]Angelo Que of Philippines Angelo Que of Philippines
Q.  This result here puts you way up on the Order of Merit, as well.  It gives you a chance to just challenge for you do you reckon?
ANGELO QUE:  I think so.  I think I have a good chance of challenging people now.  I was wondering what the difference is between those guys on top, between me and them.  I think I know now.  I've realized it, that you just need some good breaks, learn from other people, and just trust yourself.  I think that's the key, and I've been doing it the past few weeks, so hopefully it just keeps on going.
PROM MEESAWAT
Q. Prom, top 10 here, all in all, tell us your assessment.
PROM MEESAWAT:  You know, it's been a great week for me this week.  Finally I finished in the top 10 with a good field.  I have a very good feeling right now to finish top 10 in a good event like this.
Q.  When you look back on the last four days, what in particular worked really well for you?
PROM MEESAWAT:  Everything, but especially my putting has been very good, as well.  Otherwise you can't go under par if you don't putt well.  But overall it's very good, especially on this golf course you have to tee off very good, as well.  Very pleased with the way I'm playing right now.
Q.  You've got some decisions to make about getting an exemption into next week's PGA TOUR event.  What's in your mind right now?
PROM MEESAWAT:  I haven't decided yet, but I feel excited since a guy told me I get an exemption for next week, so I have to decide if I'm going to go or not.
Q.  Have you got a visa for America?
PROM MEESAWAT:  Yeah, I have no worry about a visa, so I'll just decide go or not go.
Q.  This top 10 pushes you up on the Order of Merit, as well, on the Asian Tour, gives you a chance to challenge for the No. 1 title.  Is that something you're going to be thinking about the next few weeks?
PROM MEESAWAT:  Well, I haven't think about that, but just try to play good this week first, and we'll see, so the results came out very good for this week.  But Cameron Smith playing very good, as well.  Angelo also playing good, so three of us still got a chance to catch David Lipsky.  We have six more tournaments to go, so I will try to be the No. 1.
ANIRBAN LAHIRI
Q.  Reflect on your week.
ANIRBAN LAHIRI:  Very disappointed.  Played nowhere near my potential.  I just really struggled around the greens, made a lot of birdies, but dropped so many shots.
Just all week there was no momentum.  Every time I made a couple of birdies, I did a couple of bad shots.  It's just been that kind of week.  I just haven't got anything going, and every time I did, came in my own way.
Q.  Was it just a case of patience around the golf course?
ANIRBAN LAHIRI:  No, not really.  Not really.  I think after last week I was expecting myself to play better.  And maybe a little bit of that.
I don't know.  It's difficult to say.  Like I said, I just couldn't get focused enough to play consistently over six hours every day.
You know, I had places where I played well and then a stretch where I played terribly, and just a few holes here and there cost me.  I think the second day, you know, 11, 12, 13, played the stretch really badly, and that kind of just blew my tournament up a little bit.
Having said that, it was a great week, good opportunity.  Obviously terribly disappointed to have played so poorly this week, but that's golf.  Last week was great, this week was very disappointing.  I just need to pick myself up with another good week next week, try and play my best next week.
Q.  Was it tough coming into this week, considering you won last week, all the expectations on you?
[caption id="attachment_38482" align="alignright" width="300"]Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
ANIRBAN LAHIRI:  Not really.  I think it's more to do with my own expectations.  You know, I expected myself to play better, play more consistently, and you know, I just    I was nowhere near my game right from the start.
I just couldn't get focused and then string together six, eight, nine good holes.  I'd have just too many loose shots.  I hit 15 greens today and shot over par, and that's been my story.  I've been hitting it 10, 15 feet and just not even coming close.  So I need to turn that around, work a little bit on my putting next week.
I had great difficulty adjusting to the greens this week, which is disappointing considering again that I played it a lot.  So lots of negatives this week that I need to work on and turn into strengths.
NICHOLAS FUNG
NICHOLAS FUNG:  Good finish on the last round.  I'm so happy that at least I can shoot under par on this golf course. Today is how I wanted to to play for the week because everything was good for me. I only miss a couple of putts.
Q.  Were you still using the old grip?
NICHOLAS FUNG:  Yeah, still using same putting style, same stroke, same thinking.  My thinking actually is quite good.  Just struggled to read the lines and misjudge a little bit.  That's it.
Q.  How would you sum up your week so far this week?
NICHOLAS FUNG:  Yeah, of course it's a good opportunity for our Malaysian players to play in this big event, of course to build confidence to play maybe the next event. Good experience for our Malaysian boys to compete with such big stars here.
Q.  You still finished on top of some very big Asian Tour and PGA TOUR names in terms of your finishes.  You still finished on top of them.  Do you think there's a big difference in terms of standard between yourself and then, or are you almost there do you think?
NICHOLAS FUNG:  I think there is still a little gap. They can hit it long, maybe like 10 yards, 15 yards further than me, so what I need to improve is try to gain some distance, and of course my putting needs to be improved .
Q.  Some goals that you have until the end of the Asian Tour season?
NICHOLAS FUNG:  Yeah, of course.  I try to win one Asian Tour tournament. I’m going to Chiangmai and Indonesia and those are my two favourite golf courses.
Hopefully I can win one.  That's my target for this year.
Q.  Your putting this year has been a bit up and down.  Is that something you're worried about?
NICHOLAS FUNG:  I try not to think so much about putting.  For now just follow the same routine, follow the basic.