CNIM 2014 - Final Rd What They Said

Sun 27 Apr 2014

CNIM 2014 - Final Rd What They Said

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April 27: Read what players have to say after the final round of the US$750,000 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters.
ANIRBAN LAHIRI (IND) –FINAL ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 271 (-17)
It’s really great to get my first win outside of India. I have missing on the for the last 18 months. I am so glad I managed to do it today. I had an awkward lie on the 13th. During the rain delay I was just thinking that I have to get up and down there. I got a bad break there. I know Lin Wen-tang dropped a shot as well. Unfortunately I got a double bogey there but I am glad I came back strong. The EurAsia Cup has been a very special event for me. I am happy to see my game up another level after the EurAsia Cup.It was a huge confidence boost. I’ve been hitting it really good.
I needed the world ranking points so I am really happy I can win this week. I think I played much better than my score. I hit the ball well all week. It was a bit of up and down for me today. I played really solid.
My mind was blank when I prepare for the last putt on the 18th. All I told myself was if I have to get it in the hole. Walking up I was actually thinking if I will need to prepare for a playoff tomorrow morning.
Yes I am getting married next month and I am very happy about what’s happening in my personal life. I will still be very happy and excited about my marriage if I did not win this week. Obviously now that I have won, it's like icing on the cake!
It feels great to be top on the Asian Tour Order of Merit right now. One of my goals at the beginning of this year was to contend for the Order of Merit. I am glad I got off to a good start. I just have to keep focusing on playing good golf and keep getting better as the year progresses.
I will be playing The Championship in Singapore next week. Hopefully I can repeat what I did this week again. One of my other goals is to move on to the European Tour. Next week will be a good opportunity for me.
CAMERON SMITH (AUS) – FINAL ROUND 70 (-1), TOTAL 272 (-16)
The week has been pretty good. I played pretty consistently. My front nine was really disappointing but it is what it is. I played well on the back nine and I kept myself in it. This is my best result so far in a professional tournament. It would have been good to win but I guess this is just another day. This has definitely boosted my confidence in my game. I hit the ball well and I putted well. There is not much more that you can really do. I am looking forward to the next tournament on the Asian Tour already.
BAEK SEUK-HYUN (KOR) – FINAL ROUND 65 (-7), TOTAL 272 (-16)
I was feeling really good this morning. I got off to a hot start with five straight birdies. I guess that got my momentum going. I started off five strokes behind. I was just trying to find back my game this week. I hurt my elbow while playing in Malaysia last week. I actually had thoughts on withdrawing just before the first round this week. On the first day, I told my caddy if I can par the first hole, I will continue to play. I managed to par the first hole and I moved on with my game. On the second day, I thought I should just try and make the cut. I have no confidence at all. Today my elbow got better so I just try and focus on my game. I didn’t expect myself to do so well.  I didn’t want to look at the leaderboard at all because I don’t want to give myself any pressure.
I putted very well today. I only missed on putt on the seventh. I got really nervous at the back nine. My hands were shaking. I tried to get more birdies on the back nine but didn’t manage to. Overall, I enjoyed myself today. I really didn’t expect myself to play good this week.
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT (THA) – FINAL ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 273 (-15)
I must say I gained a lot of confidence back after this week. Working with my new coach on my swing seems to have paid off. Although I missed out on the win, I am very happy with how I played this week. It’s a good start to the year. With my current ball striking, I think I can win a tournament on the Asian Tour soon! It has been a year since I last won. I’m confident it will come soon if I continue to strike the ball well. I am very happy with my result this week as it boost my rankings on the Order of Merit as well. I am looking forward to playing next week in Singapore.
THONGCHAI JAIDEE (THA) – FINAL ROUND 64 (-8), TOTAL 274 (-14)
It has been a fantastic week for me, starting with the Awards Night till today when I finished off with a 64. I made a good comeback today and I’m very proud of how I played today.
I would not become the player that I am today if not for the Asian Tour. It has given me lots of opportunities to play and become a better player. I started playing on the Tour since 1999 and look at my world rankings now. I always love coming back to play on the Asian Tour and anytime I’ve the opportunity I’ll come back to play. I’m going to take a three-week break and will be going to back to Europe to play in the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth and will play The Players Championship and Memorial if I qualify for them.
JAZZ JANEWATTANANOND (THA) – FINAL ROUND 67 (-5), TOTAL 274 (-14)
I’ve found a new liking for Indonesia because every time I play here I finish top-10. Despite feeling tired after playing three events in a row, I was all charged up on the first day but on the second day, I bogeyed the last three holes because I lost focus. I went back to my hotel for a much needed rest and it has been bogey-free for the last two rounds. I’m really happy.
LIN WEN-TANG (TPE) – FINAL ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 274 (-14)
This is golf. I think I was getting too ahead of myself. I started to bogey 14 and 15 and a double-bogey on 16 really put paid to any hopes of winning the title. This can be a good lesson learnt as I just got too carried away. But overall I’m pleased with my performance as I came into the week not in the best of form. I’m a rather patient player but today, I just rushed through my shots which is very unlike me as I was eager to win.
GEORGE GANDRANATA (INA) – FINAL ROUND 71 (-1), TOTAL 287 (-1)
It has been a great week really. I obtained my first goal which was to make the cut but didn’t achieve my second goal which is to get into contention. My worse round this week is better than my best round last year! I have nothing to complain. It’s all good. Hopefully everyone is proud of me. It has been a great tournament and I’ve gained a lot of experience playing with the elite players from the Asian Tour this week. Great course and great playing partners. Overall, it has been an enjoyable week.
I guess the difference in my game this year was my plan and strategy on how to attack this course. I decided to play a little more conservative and I didn’t attack as much as I did in the past. My caddy and I discussed about it the day before we came for the practice round and I did some work with my coach as well. I am happy the plan worked for me this time round.
Playing on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) has obviously helped a lot in my game. The competition on the ADT is getting better and better. You gained the experience from getting into contention in ADT events which is the closest you get to Asian Tour events. The experience that I got from playing on the ADT helps a lot. I didn’t have any playing status in my first year as a professional. I am glad I can still play on the ADT. It has been a great learning experience.
For the remaining of the season, I hope to get into as many Asian Tour events as I can. I will continue to play on the ADT and as I mentioned earlier, we have a new domestic Tour and I am looking forward to playing the local events as well. Hopefully I can play everything on the new Tour. I want to be there for the new Tour and help it to grow.