Kiradech laments costly errors in Manila

Sun 23 Nov 2014

Kiradech laments costly errors in Manila

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Manila, November 23: Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat was hoping he would turn on the pressure on leader Mardan Mamat at the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters presented by 918.com.
But the 25-year-old was left to rue some costly mistakes early in the final round at a windy Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club as he closed with a three-over-par 75 to finish tied fourth in the richest tournament in the Philippines.
Many expected the exciting young Thai star to challenge Mardan’s overnight lead and a birdie on one was just the start that he was looking for. But a bogey on two, followed by a double bogey on the par five fourth hole where he hit a second shot into the hazard snuffed his title aspiration.
“It didn’t go as I planned. I stumbled on the fourth after making birdies on first and third. I was just trying to attack the pin and play more aggressively so I can catch up a bit with Mardan. It was a big turning point after I doubled that hole. I couldn’t get my mind back. I lost some confidence and I knew it will not be easy to fight back,” said the reigning Asian Tour number one.
He paid dearly for being overly aggressive in the wind when his second shot sailed into the hazard. Another poor chip saw him stagger off with a seven which by then Mardan was well clear of the chasing pack.
“I thought I would use a five-wood to hit it on the fourth hole. If it gets into the bunker, I will just get up and down there for a birdie. But with the windy condition today, I couldn’t strike it good.”
Sponsors of the Resorts World Manila Masters include Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club, Bally Technologies, Aristocrat, International Gaming Technology, Renoir Implementation Services, Marriott, Philippine Airlines, Maybank, PLDT and Avis.