CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters: Rd 4 What they said

Sun 05 May 2013

CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters: Rd 4 What they said

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Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) – Final round 67 (-5), Total 273 (-15)
 I’ve been in good form, heading into the tournament. I’ve so many friends and supporters out here and it’s really nice to perform so well in front of my coach. I really enjoyed my time here in Jakarta. It has been a good week. I was struggling in the beginning, having trouble off the tee and couldn’t get it going but after I birdied the eight and nine, I got the momentum going. I couldn’t make all the putts but I was confident that my ball striking is good enough. I got an eagle on the 13th and another birdie on the 16th which I’m very thankful for.
It’s really special today because when I won in Korea last year , my grandfather passed away the next day. It has been a year and I could feel his presence with me today. I would like to dedicate this win to him. I’m looking forward to defend my title. My main tour is over in Europe. We do not have the schedule for next year yet but I’ll do my very best to come back and defend the title.
If you drive the ball the way I did this week, all the holes are good opportunity but for me it’s number five ad 13. I’ve been struggling on 13 and you really have to hit good shots there to make par. I knew I was going to hit the ball well and give myself chances. It’s probably good that I got to play with Ernie the first two rounds and it was probably relaxed as he’s such a great guy.
I enjoy coming here and it’ll be better if they make the highway a little wider! I like the people, the culture and I’m fortunate that I’ve my coach who’s based here. I like the trophy as it’s very unique and represents the country. They’ve done a great job with the Garuda bird. The main difference most of the time when we come here is the heat and humidity.
We play on different grass here and we’ve to learn to adapt. I prepare more differently when I know that I’m coming over especially physically. It’s going to take a lot out of you since when you’ve to take lots of food and stay hydrated. I was defending last week in Korea so I came out here earlier to play in Jakarta and went to Korea. I knew how the course was going to play and I was prepared  for the humidity.
It is tough to have a long distance relationship between student and coach. But I’m not someone who needs a coach there all the time. He will be coming to some of the big tournaments so I think works out okay for us because I see him about six or seven times a year. With technology, I can talk to him on Skype and send him videos on my swing.
Ernie Els (Rsa) – Fourth round 68 (-4), Total 274 (-14)
I think Bernd played better than all of us. I played with him for three rounds and I think he deserves to win. I played and fought hard. I wasn’t quite at my best but had a good time.
I hit two good shots with my driver and five wood and made a 30 foot putt from the fringe for eagle on the 12th hole. I didn’t hit my iron shots close enough especially at the start. I was one over through five holes and had to battle back all the time. Bernd was the deserving winner.
A win would have been unbelievable but second is not all that bad. This has given me something and it shows my game is going in the right direction. I’m starting to feel really good about my game.
It was a great performance by Daisuke (Kataoka). He is a good and neat player. He hits the ball really straight with a good putter. He has everything. He is a good player.
Ernie Els of South Africa Ernie Els of South Africa
Daisuke Kataoka (Jpn) – Fourth Round 70 (-2), Total 275 (-13)
I’m not disappointed with how I played this week. I played very well and hit a lot of good shots. When we teed off, I felt very nervous but I told myself not to be nervous and to try and concentrate on my game. I didn’t sleep very well last night!
I had a good experience this week. I led for the first time in a tournament and it was fantastic to play with Bernd Wiesberger and Ernie Els.
I did my best. I was hoping that all my hard work will pay off. The results did show but unfortunately I didn’t win. I’m still not disappointed and I think I can carry a lot of confidence from this experience.
I think this is very important week for me. It showed that I can play with the top players. I hit some really good shots out there and I think if I can repeat my performance in other events. If I can continue to keep up with this consistency then I think my first win will come very soon.
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) – Fourth Round 69 (-3), Total 278 (-10)
I played very well this week. It was only my putting which let me down yesterday. I’ve been hitting it very solid, 15 greens in regulation every day. The greens look easy but they are not. They are very tricky and slopey. And the wind has made it very challenging for many of us. My goal for this year is to finish inside the top-50. That’s what I’m working towards. I’ll try my best to play my way into the US Open. If not, I’ll still focus on playing well and get that top-50 world ranking at the end of the year.
Angelo Que of Philippines Angelo Que of Philippines
Angelo Que (Phi) – Fourth round 70 (-2), Total 280 (-8)
I’m pretty happy. I shot eight-under for the week and two-under every day. I was pretty consistent and I won’t complain. It is a tough week. The rough was thick and I struggle a bit with my driving. Hopefully this will continue until end of the year.
I hit it and played quite solid except for a few holes. I got a little bit of unlucky breaks. All and all, I would say that it was a pretty good round. With the way I was hitting on the front nine, I pretty much hit every shot close. I had makeable putts on almost every hole but needed a bit of luck to get it to go in. I was nine-under after nine holes, I hit it close on 10 and 11 but missed those. If I made those birdies, today would have been a different story.
There are a few local events back home and I’ll be playing there. I want to try to qualify for the U.S. Opn in Japan (May 27).
I’m excited to go back to the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters. I’m happy that it is returning to the Seri Selangor Golf Club. I won there before and I know the course well. It is Malaysia as well and Malaysia is like my second home. I think I made more money in Malaysia compared to the Philippines! I feel comfortable when I’m playing in Malaysia. I don’t know why.