Indonesia Open-Rd 4 What they said

Sun 01 Dec 2013

Indonesia Open-Rd 4 What they said

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Read what players have to say after the final round of the US$750,000 Indonesia Open on Sunday.
Gaganjeet BHULLAR (Ind) – Final Round 68 (-3), Total 268 (-16)
I wasn’t feeling confident with my game coming to this week actually. I finished 60th at the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne last week. I haven’t had much success this season but I know my game was up there and winning is just a matter of time. I waited so long for my fifth win and this is 11th consecutive events already. I’ve been playing so many tournaments. Mentally, I was exhausted. Indonesia is one of my favourite city as I won my first title on the Asian Tour here.
I think the courses in Indonesia really suit my style of playing. I get inspired whenever I come to play here. The round was actually quite tough. It’s been great playing with Jazz. That guy can play some really good golf. I had a steady round. I gave myself a lot of opportunities in the first nine holes but I miscalculated a few holes. Apart from that, there was no difference in my strategy. I gave my 100%. Winning takes a lot of patience. I’m glad I stayed patient and showed a lot of confidence today.
I finished last at the World Cup last week. I wanted to prove to myself that I can still play well. I believed in myself. My family was there with me in Melbourne last week and they gave me a lot of encouragement. Mentally, I was ready to win. Golf is a funny game. I just felt I was ready to take up the best players out here. My ball striking is good. I knew the win will come soon.
It was kind of difficult for me when play was suspended. I find it hard to go back to my momentum. But I guess these kind of scenarios are common in Asia. We just have to accept it as it is.
I would like to qualify for the Asian team in the Eurasia Cup next year. That’s my goal now. Before this, I actually thought I was slightly out of the race but looking at the Order of Merit now, I am definitely in it. It’s the first EurAsia cup ever and I would love to be part of the Asian team.
I’ve played all four days with Jazz. Trust me, this boy is a really good player. He could possibly be the next golf star from Thailand. He had that perfect swing and the mental ability to go out there and compete. I was very impressed with his performance this week. Today, I think it’s his first time being in such scenario. I am sure he will become a better player in time to come.
Nicholas FUNG (Mas) – Final Round 66 (-5), Total 271 (-13)
I’m very happy with my performance this week. It’s really good to see my name up on the leaderboard amongst the other experienced players. I am glad I managed to get into top-60 and secure my card for 2014. That way, I can free up another spot on the ADT for another player to qualify for 2014 Asian Tour cards.
During the rain suspension, I checked my phone and was overwhelmed with tons of notications/messages from my friends and family, as well as my supporters. I felt really encouraged and I’m glad I didn’t disappoint them.
My buddies on tour, Iain (Steel), Lindsay (Renolds) and James Bowen, cheered me on as well.  I am still happy that I came close to winning. I played well so there’s nothing to complain about.
My goal was definitely to qualify for the EurAsia Cup next year. It’s a big event and it will be held in my home country. I definitely hope I can qualify for it. I would really love to represent the Asian team and bring honour to my country if the Asian team wins.
Chapchai NIRAT (Tha) – Final Round 66 (-5), Total 271 (-13)
I’m very happy with my round. I’m very hungry for a victory. I’m getting closer to it. I can really feel it. The win is coming soon. I eagled the 13th hole. I hit my second shot with a six iron from about 195 yards to clear the water and it landed near the hole.
My next eagle was on 17. I three putted for bogey on 15 and missed a birdie on 16. I was really angry because of that and I wanted to make another eagle! I put in 100% in my tee shot and hit my second shot with a five iron. I had about a 20 feet putt for eagle. If the rain delay didn’t come, then I think it would have been a birdie. But I had a lot of time to think about that putt and returned to sink it.
Siddikur RAHMAN (Ban) – Final Round 67 (-4), Total 272 (-12)
Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh
I had a really great start today with four birdies in a row. My putting was very good and I’m hitting the ball awesome today. I did think of winning after the four birdies. I thought if I can continue the streak, I may be able to win. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my putting going after that but still managed to get birdies on the 16 and 17 to make amends for the two bogeys. Overall, I think it’s a good round.
I have had four excellent days here playing in the Indonesia Open. I’ve been playing very consistently so I’m happy with how I played. Winning the Indian Open a couple of weeks ago has definitely given me a lot of confidence in my game.
One of my aims next year would be to qualify for the inaugural EurAsia Cup. It’s great to see such big events happening in Asia. I think I should be able to qualify. It would be an honour if I can represent Asia. I am excited about it and I am looking forward to it.
Anirban LAHIRI (Ind) – Final Round 68 (-3), Total 274 (-10)
Yes, it is on my mind. It will be a great event to play. The race is on. I’m going to try and represent Asia and India. I’m going to play my best and hopefully secure a spot. It will be a big event for Asia.
I played with Jazz at Queen’s Cup this year. He is a promising young talent. He played good in the Philippines and the experience will do him a lot of good. He doesn’t play his best golf in the final round but the more he gives himself the opportunity, he will breakthrough soon. It is nice to see young golfers do well.
Steve LEWTON (Eng) – Final Round 66 (-5), Total 276 (-8)
I played pretty steady all week. I’ve been playing well the last few weeks and I guess I carried on the good form into this week. I didn’t start off too well after coming through the Qualifying School earlier this year but I am glad my game is picking up over the last three to four months. Hopefully I can get a couple of good results to try and keep my card for 2014.
Panuphol PITTAYARAT (Tha) – Final Round 68 (-3), Total 278 (-6)
I played better today and on the second day. I was four-under-par at the turn and I am really happy with the four consecutive birdies. I putted really well in the first nine.
My season has been up and down. I’ve got three top-10 finishes this season but I missed three consecutive cuts in the past few weeks before coming here. I am just glad to be doing well again this week. I think I got my form back this week. I’m looking forward to next week in Hong Kong and the following week in Thailand. Hopefully I can secure more good results to boost my rankings on the Order of Merit. A
A good finish this week has kind of taken off some pressure on me. I’m happy with my game so far. I will continue to work on my game and hopefully we can see some good results coming up so that I can keep my card for 2014.
I believe I will do continue to do better. It’s just a matter of time. I’m getting more and more confident with my game now.
S.S.P Chowrasia (Ind) – Final Round 69 (-2), Total 279 (-5)
It’s great coming to play in Jakarta this week. I think the Indonesia Open is a very good tournament. Everything is nicely done this week. It has been an enjoyable week. I am pretty happy with how I played. I’ve played on this course before. It’s a great golf course. The season has not been as promising as I wanted it to be so far but I did play well in the Indian Open a couple of weeks back. Otherwise, it has been quite an average season. Hopefully I can do well in the few big events coming up and get into top-10 on the Asian Tour Order of Merit at the end of the season.
It’s great that there will be a EurAsia Cup held in Malaysia next year. It’s always good to see such big events happening in Asia. Obviously it would mean a lot if I were to qualify for it but I think I still have a lot to work on. It would definitely be one of my aims next year.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha) – Final Round 74 (+3), Total 274 (-10)
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand
I played with Bhullar for four days and that taught me a lot of things. I need to be more consistent and patient in golf. I would change my plan in the first nine holes a little bit. I missed two short putts on hole one and four. That ruined a bit of momentum. I hit only two bad holes and my putting wasn’t that good.
I was waiting for the front group to finish the hole. If I was more experienced, I would warm up and stretch a bit more. Instead I went up and hit the ball straight away and it ended up in the water! That’s how it is and I will certainly learn from that.
I was talking to my dad during the rain delay and I told him that I did my best. He was watching me on television with my grandmother and grandfather. My dad said that they are really proud of me and that really made me feel happy, knowing that they were supporting me.
This tournament means a lot to me because it is my first Asian Tour tournament that I played in the last group on the final day. It is a good experience.
Every foreigner that is not Thai call me Jazz and that’s when I decided to change my name! My nickname has always been Jazz since I was young. Everyone knows Jazz and not Atiwit. I think my dad gave me the nickname because he likes jazz music but I like Radiohead so there’s a bit of a conflict there.