King's Cup Rd 4: What they said

Sun 30 Nov 2014

King's Cup Rd 4: What they said

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Read what Thawron Wiratchant and the rest of the contenders had to say about their week at the King's Cup.
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha), Five-under-par 67, Total -20 (268)
It feels good to have the complete Royal collection now. I won the Queen’s Cup twice and now I can add the King’s Cup to my trophy cabinet. It was not easy out there as Anirban and Andrew were piling the pressure on me. It got a little shaky on 12 when I bogeyed for the first time today. But I maintained my composure and managed to see it through. I really wanted to birdie 18 as I did not want to go into a play-off. I was confident of winning in regulation play but not in a play-off.
Andrew Dodt (Aus), Five-under-par 67, Total -18 (270)
Andrew Dodt of Australia Andrew Dodt of Australia
I thought that if I could birdie the last three holes and even eagle the last, I’ll be in for a chance. I hit a good putt on the last but it didn’t go in but full credit to Thaworn as he’s a world class player and managed to finish it off. I carried my form over from Qualifying School in Europe and I knew I was playing well and I’m really happy with the result. That’s a nice feeling to know I’ve also secured my card on the Asian Tour. It was getting pretty tight down there as it was during this time last year as well. It’s nice to play the last few events maybe a little more relaxed. I’m playing well so there’s no reason why I can’t win my next two events on the Asian Tour.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind), Two-under-par 70, Total -18 (270)
I wasn’t at my best today as I was really struggling on the greens. Thaworn was magic on the greens. Off the greens, he played fantastic on the front-nine and on the back-nine I had my chances and I just didn’t take them. I just missed way too many putts and it was disappointing to miss a short one on the last and that is going to hurt my world rankings. I’m upset with that. But it’s a solid week all in all and I’m happy with the way I’m playing. I just got to pick myself up and win next week. I would have like to have won this week. We are not playing for lots of money and it’s difficult to bridge such a big gap and I’m running out of tournaments. I’ve to win at least one of these next three events to have a chance at winning the Order of Merit. I’m a little upset I didn’t close it out as I led wire-to-wire this week. I guess Thaworn was the better player today. I don’t think I played poorly but it was just not good enough to close it out.
Kalem Richardson of Australia Kalem Richardson of Australia
Kalem Richardson (Aus), Five-under-par 67, Total, -15 (273)
I’m pleased with how I’ve played today. There were many things on the line for me today. It was a good round and I managed to secure my card for next year. I struck the ball well and made several good putts today. The biggest shot for me today was the one on 11 which pretty much got me going for the rest of the round. I expected to do better than what I did earlier on in the season. It took me a while to figure out how to play out here but I’m really feeling confident now and I feel that I have what it takes to compete against these guys. It’s a good feeling to have. A lot of pressure have been lifted off me now that I’ve secured my card and I just want to go out there and enjoy the next three weeks and climb as high as I can up the Order of Merit.
Rashid Khan (Ind), Six-under-par 66, Total, -11 (277)
I played really good golf this week. Unfortunately I did not finish well the last three days. But today, I hit some really good shots and holed several good putts. I was seven-under after 15 holes but had a three-putt bogey on 16 and I made a three-putt on the last hole. I had eight putts in three greens but otherwise I’m happy with my game as I’m doing well. When I started the year, I was not targeting the Order of Merit. I was just looking for that first win on the Asian Tour. I’m more focused now for next year. That win at Sail Open really got my season going and boosted my confidence. Then came Chiangmai. Winning outside India was one of the best feelings I experienced. It was the same kind of feeling I experienced when I won in India. Normally all players want to win outside their country to make their country proud and I’m glad I did it. I’m hoping to end the year on a high note now.
Prom Meesawat (Tha), One-under-par 71, Total -13 (275)
Another happy result for me. A top-10 which is nice. I’m still playing good but I did not get a good finish in the final round. But I’m still pleased with my form. I’ll try to do my best for the last three events on the Asian Tour, hopefully remain in a good position on the leaderboard all the time and we’ll see what happens then. That win in Taipei really boosted my confidence as I played really good golf after that win and that helps with where I am on the Order of Merit now.