CIMB Classic Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 27 Oct 2013

CIMB Classic Rd 4 What They Said

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RYAN MOORE & GARY WOODLAND
CHRIS REIMER:  Well, a long day, some starting and stopping, but it all comes down to tomorrow morning 7:30 a.m. for Ryan Moore and Gary Woodland.  Ryan, just some comments on the day and talk about what it's going to be like coming back out here tomorrow for the playoff.
RYAN MOORE:  Well, it's honestly a little bit of a blur right now because today was so crazy with the weather on and off, and I think we're both pretty happy we just got done at this point.  But obviously to have to come back tomorrow for a playoff is not the worst thing ever.  I'm just happy to be in it.  I was scrambling there on the last hole just to somehow make a par and kind of see what happens at that point, and fortunately I still get another shot at it.
GARY WOODLAND:  Yeah, it was a long day, and like Ryan said, thankfully we got done, and there's a lot of worse things.  Changing a flight is not the end of the world, to come back and have a playoff tomorrow.  Excited about that, and should be a fun day tomorrow.
Q.  Gary, are you thinking about that last putt on the 18th hole?  Could you walk us through that and what was going through your mind?
GARY WOODLAND:  Yeah, I knew I needed to make it to win.  I played it just outside right and thought I hit a good putt.  I thought I made it when I looked up, and it just broke too much at the end there.  But it was a tough day, and obviously to come down to the last putt, obviously I'd like to have made it, but I wouldn't do anything different.  I hit it where I wanted to, and unfortunately it didn't go in.
Q.  A silly question perhaps, but how pressure packed is it at this moment?  Do you think you can get a good night's sleep and go eat tomorrow morning?
RYAN MOORE:  I know I'm fairly exhausted at this point, so sleeping should not be difficult.  I'm going to get back to the hotel, get something to eat real fast, and I'll probably be out as soon as I hit the bed.
GARY WOODLAND:  Yeah, this is about as late as I've been up all week, so sleeping will be the last of the issues.
CHRIS REIMER:  After having played in each other's group all day, what's going to make Gary tough to beat, Ryan?  And Ryan, what will make Gary a tough opponent tomorrow?
RYAN MOORE:  Well, obviously he's playing great, and we both are to this point.  We're both played some great golf this week.  He did a lot of good things today, made putts when he needed to, and had some great up and downs all day long from the fairways, and like I said, just kind of did what he had to do to be right here, right now.
Obviously we both know tomorrow good golf is going to win.  You've got to go out and you've got to do something to win, and I think that's a great thing.
GARY WOODLAND:  Yeah, exactly.  Obviously we're both playing really well, and obviously Ryan played    he hit the ball beautifully today, hit some great putts, and obviously an unbelievable up and down on the last hole.  It'll be a good day.  Obviously we're going to come out and you're going to try to have to make birdies because Ryan is going to do that, and I'm going to try to do the same.
Q.  How did you pass the time during the rain delay today, both of them?
RYAN MOORE:  About the same as always:  Eat and played some Candy Crush on my phone.  That's about it.  I'm stuck on this level; I haven't been able to get past it in like six weeks.  It's driving me crazy.  I thought that was a perfect time to really get over it, and still didn't beat it.  It's the truth.  It's real.  It's driving me crazy.
GARY WOODLAND:  I didn't do anything.  I ate, sat there and was hoping that rain went away.  It was a long day.
CHRIS REIMER:  Well, a lot on the line.  Get some sleep, good luck tomorrow, we'll see you in the morning.
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT
Q.  Fantastic week of golf.  You played brilliantly.  Are you happy or are you a little bit disappointed?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  I'm very proud of the way I played this week.  My goal is like top 5 or top 10, so I'm happy enough.  The way I'm striking the ball this week is brilliant.  I haven't played this well since after I win Malaysia Open, and I have a lot of family this week, my mom, my dad, my sister and a lot of golf fans support me really well.  It feels like home, Malaysia.  I love it.
Q.  You were hitting the ball brilliantly and then the rains came when you were about to go to the 14th tee.  You looked a little bit nervous, a little edgy.  Was that break bad for you?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  Yeah, it feels bad after like the last few holes.  Like I say, I feel nervous, and front nine I played good golf, just concentrate on the greens, didn't look for the results, just tried to play my best golf.  When the back nine is come I have the chance to win.  Every time I look at a scoreboard they put a lot of pressure to me.  But anyway, I can make all par to the end, but it's quite good, I'm quite happy with the result.
Q.  You were just informed by the scorer there that you can get to play in the McGladrey Classic which is the week after HSBC.  Are you going to make take that exemption?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  I will let this thing feel    my manager decide.  Should be tough work for her.  I'll try, if I can.
Q.  Just talk about the final day, played great, right in the hunt.
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  I was playing golf on the front nine, didn't have any pressure, played my own game.  The result was great, 3 under, and after I saw my name on the top of the leaderboard, I think I pushed too much pressure on me for the back nine, tried to make a score.  I hit a lot of good shots today, made an easy bogey on 10, 11, 12, short birdie, and then 16, 17, 18 also.  Okay, I learned a lot, that when I try too much, just force myself too much, I tell myself don't mind the results, but when you have the opportunity to win this PGA TOUR event, it changes your life, changes your future.  You get two more years in PGA TOUR, anywhere you want to play.  That's why I tried to make a move on the back.
Q.  Does this week tell you now that, hey, I'm good enough to play against the best players in the world, play on the PGA TOUR?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  I cannot say I'm good enough.  I mean, I have to improve my game a lot if I want to play in PGA TOUR, play with the star players, world class players.  If I want to play with them, every part of my game has to be strong.  I can tell right now I'm hitting the ball really well, just my putting and my short game isn't good enough to win the PGA TOUR events.  But the way I'm doing, the way I start to do right now is on the right way.
I just try to improve and try to play with all the top players.
Q.  This will almost help you win Asian Tour Order of Merit already.  What do you need to do for the Asian Tour season?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  Just try to come back and play more in Asia.  I mean, I really success and quite happy with the result before I play in this event, I just try to be on top of Asia players.  That will guarantee 90 percent to win the Order of Merit.
Q.  There's an opportunity for you to play on the PGA TOUR in two weeks' time, and also to pick up temporary membership, which will allow you to take sponsor's invitation.  Is that something which you will talk about with your manager?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  Yes, I do.  I think the schedule will change right now.  If I have my chance even like just 1 percent, I will try and do it, but anyway, on other tours right now, I have to play like in Dubai and Europe, and after that I will focus on my World Ranking.  If I can make the PGA TOUR Money List I'll try.
Q.  Talk about the weather disruptions.  How much did it affect you during the final round, because after that you seemed to be a little bit tentative.
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  Yes.  After we stop I have a lot of things to think about and a lot of things in my mind, so that made my game struggling a bit.  Like I said, I put too much pressure to me, and it doesn't make my golf go well on a few holes, but I'm okay with that.  I loved this experience.
PHIL MICKELSON
Q. Talk about the last couple days.
PHIL MICKELSON:  Today despite the score was the best I hit it and the best the swing felt.  I actually feel like I have some direction heading into next week's HSBC Champions in Shanghai, and I'm looking forward to playing it.  It got progressively better.  Unfortunately the score today didn't reflect the fact that I played a lot better than the first three rounds, but I have something to build on now for next week.
Q.  Do you have any plans for the off season in terms of working on the swing?
PHIL MICKELSON:  Yes.
Q.  Ideas of what you want to do?
PHIL MICKELSON:  I don't do anything different anymore.  My swing is my swing, but it's just a little bit off right now, and I'll just try to get it back to where it was.
Q.  You played two rounds with Kiradech.  Are you impressed with how he's holding up under the pressure of playing on such a big stage?
PHIL MICKELSON:  I've had a chance to play with him a few times.  He's really a good player, and he hits the ball a long ways, and he's got    I think the greatest strength of his game is his hands, his ability to hit wedges and shots around the greens.  I think that's certainly a strong point, and so it doesn't surprise me seeing him play well.
Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) – Fourth Round 73 (+1), Total 286 (-2)
I played well but scoring wasn’t good enough. I played pretty consistent until my 16th hole but after that I found the water hazard on 17. This is my second experience playing in the CIMB Classic so I have a lot of positives that I can take out from this week. I know this experience will help me build up my career for the future.
I had good pairings for all four days. I played with Sergio (Garcia), (Rickie) Fowler and Bubba Watson. All these guys are on the PGA TOUR and they are household names. It was good to see how they play. This is a great opportunity for us to learn a lot of new things and showcase what Asian Tour players are about.
I struck the ball as good as these guys, or even better. I guess you just need the right breaks in your career. I’m just waiting for it to click in my life.
I’m not really looking at the Order of Merit right now. But whatever score he (Kiradech Aphibarnrat) is at, I really hope he wins the tournament. It will be big for the Asian Tour and if one of the Asians win on the PGA TOUR, hopefully we will get more sponsors in Asia in the future.