MMO Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 20 Apr 2014

MMO Rd 4 What They Said

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LEE WESTWOOD (ENG) – FOURTH ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 270 (-18)


Q: Congratulations, a nice piece of excess baggage to take home.


A: Yes, I hadn’t won for a long time, so it’s nice to be back in the winner’s circle. I’ve started playing well recently and I’m delighted to have played well this week and won.


Q: Only five dropped shots all week.


A: Yeah, I’m starting to swing it well. Today I swung it well under pressure. Yesterday I was four or five clear and let it get back to one, so today pulling away was a very positive sign.


Q: How important is this win, bearing in mind where you are in your career at the moment?


A: I think a win is important at any stage of your career. Wins only give you confidence and I’m looking forward to playing my next tournament, which will be Quail Hollow and then the Players Championship. It’s a good time of year to be playing well because there are a lot of big tournaments coming up.


Q: It’s two or three years since you were World Number One – are you progressing back towards that status?


A: There’s no reason why I couldn’t get back up there. The difference is that now I’ve got a bit of a short game and I roll a few putts in. If I can keep doing that then there’s no reason why not.


Q: How have you found the conditions this week as a whole?


A: It doesn’t get much tougher than this. Yesterday I really struggled – I think everyone did – and it was the hottest I’ve ever been on a golf course. Today was a bit cooler, as were the first two days, but even when it’s cooler it’s still hot.


Press Conference:


Q: Congraulations Lee, just sum up how you’re feeling right now.


A: I’m delighted. You have to play really well to win any tournament by seven shots. I played really nicely this week and didn’t make many mistakes. My short game was good and tee to green I was solid. I’m pleased with the way I finished it off.


Q: You started the week coming all the way from America – were expectations low?


A: No not really. I’ve been travelling all over the world for many years and I’m very used to changing time zones and playing on patchy sleep. I’ve been coming to Asia since 1994 so I know how to deal with it quickly and perform.


Q: As the round progressed and you got further ahead, did you let yourself relax?


A: No I tried to put my foot down and win by as many as possible. I started off one in front and that could’ve been a pressure situation, but I made a solid start and tried not to make any mistakes. The goal was to not make any bogeys and just pick up shots where I could. I thought if I could shoot 69, 68 I’d be hard to beat. I was bogey free and hit a lot of fairways today, so I didn’t give the other lads much of a chance.


Q: What did you do during the four-hour delay?


A: Sat around and prayed for the rain to stop. That’s all you can do. It was unfortunate but I managed to keep my focus and composure when I went back out and hit a lot of good shots. I’ve been there before and I know what to do. That’s the benefit of experience.


Q: You said earlier in the week the swing is a work in progress. Is it complete now with this win?


A: No, far from it.  But it’s good that I was in contention and was able to still do it out there. A couple of times I didn’t feel in the right position swing-wise, but most of the time I did and my ball striking was good today. My whole game was good. My short game was good yesterday when it needed to be, because I didn’t hit as many fairways. Today I had a lot of chances and I knew if I stayed patient, they’d start to drop.


Q: Great to finish with a birdie?


A: The fans had waited around all day and I’m sure the Carlsberg tent was the busiest bit of hospitality. I got a good cheer at the end there – it’s always nice to finish with a birdie.


Q: It’s your first win for a while?


A: Yes, last year I gave myself a few chances to win but didn’t quite pull it off. I’m pleased that the work I’m doing with Mike Walker has paid off so quickly. I’m starting to get an idea of what he wants me to do and I’m seeing the benefits. I’ve been seeing it on the range, but this week I’ve seen it on the course – and under pressure too, which is really pleasing.


Q: Is having Billy back on the bag important?


A: For sure. I enjoy working with Billy and we’re good mates. When you’re in contention to win a title, that’s when you find out how good your caddie is, and Billy’s always great.


LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN (RSA) – FOURTH ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 277 (-11)


I had the perfect start for trying to give Lee (Westwood) a chase. But the bogey nine and 10 stopped the momentum and I knew that it was over to chase him. I finished well and I played nicely. I started awful this week but I’m happy with how I recovered after the first round.


It was not a good start in the tournament, especially being seven shots off Lee because he will never slack off. He has been playing really good and it is great for him. Hopefully I can go a few better in Indonesia next week.


This is definitely a good finish for me especially with the way I started the tournament. I needed that (weather delay) because I was very upset with my bogey on 10. That stopped my momentum completely because I was four-under through seven holes.


NICOLAS COLSAERTS (BEL) – FOURTH ROUND 70 (-2), TOTAL 277 (-11)


It has been a solid week. It is too bad I didn’t make myself scarier today. I couldn’t get off to a fast start to put some pressure on the leader. I’m bogey free today. I made a poor effort on 18 but I’ll take this result.


I didn’t drop many shots this week and that showed how well I played. But I’m quite happy with my display. If I could have been a bit more comfortable on the greens during the weekend then it might have been a different story.


The course set up was good. The fairways were in great shape and the greens were good. It is just the weather. We all thought we could get away with it but we didn’t. It is still good to come back here.


ANIRBAN LAHIRI (IND) – FOURTH ROUND 70 (-2), TOTAL 280 (-8)


I played really good but I’m disappointed I didn’t make any birdies on the back nine. All in all it has been a solid week but I can’t help but feel that I left a lot out there. I’ve been hitting it really good. I hit 16 greens but didn’t make the putts which I needed to. I gave myself a lot of opportunities but couldn’t hole the birdies.


I was a little anxious to do well (at the start of the week). I came in this week feeling good about my game. I really wanted to contend badly. I tried a bit too hard and forced the issue. I didn’t focus on what I needed to do. It got better on the weekend and it is good that I’m playing consistently.


I wasn’t monitoring the scoreboards because I was too far out to catch the leader. I personally was trying to get to 12 because I shot a 66 yesterday and I hit the ball like how I did today. The rain came down on the back and that put me off a little bit. I missed two or three fairways and that cost me a bogey.


I’ve been playing well. It has been a while since I’ve been playing well. I feel like I’m playing well enough to win. I just need to be patient and relaxed. That’s what I’ve learnt from this week. I can’t get too far ahead of myself.


It is important to get off to a good start on the Order of Merit. I didn’t win the SAIL-Open this year (laughs)! I need to get up on the rankings as fast as I can. This week is a good week to move up and I’m glad I played well over the last two days.


PROM MEESAWAT (THA) – FOURTH ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 283 (-5)


Yeah, I’m very happy with a 68 because it is my lowest for the week. I hit the ball solid but missed a bunch of putts out there. I’m very happy with where and how my game is right now.


I had one long putt and one chip in and that helped a lot. I turned at the back nine and was still hitting the ball good but I missed some birdies. 68 is a good round and had a good finish. It could have been better if I didn’t miss the 12-feet birdie putt on the last (9th hole).


I chipped in on hole number 14. I missed my tee shot and it landed in the rough. I duff my second shot but it was still okay because the ball was on the fairway. I had about 25 yards to the pin and holed it from there.


I made another good par on 15 because I hit it over the pin and had a tough shot from really thick rough. It was a good up-and-down for par.


A top-30 finish is a good result for me. I played very steady and I’m happy with the way I finish. It gives me some confidence heading into the next few events.


GAVIN GREEN (MAS) - FOURTH ROUND 70 (-2), TOTAL 289 (+1)


It went good. I played really solid. I putted well but didn’t drive the ball as well. I grinded it out quite well. I didn’t make many putts on the last two days but I recovered well. I had a couple of bad holes but overall it was a good tournament for me.


I pushed myself a little bit more on the last few holes. I pushed myself a bit too hard. I really struggled on 16. Other than that, it was okay. The hole doesn’t suit my eye. It looks weird to me. I tried to play safe and it didn’t work. I tried to play aggressive and it definitely doesn’t work! It was just that hole that frustrated me. Other than that it was pretty solid.


My attitude was really good especially coming from the United States. It was good and my game has been solid. The game is clicking and it is getting better. I thought about my future but I have one more year and the goal now is the finish the year and see what happens.


KHOR KHENG HWAI (MAS) – FOURTH ROUND 71 (-1), TOTAL 289 (+1)


I’m striking the ball better. My confidence has certainly been lifted to another level (after making the cut at the Maybank Malaysian Open). Now I’m at a level which I’ve never been too and which I’ve been trying to achieve. It was nice to see a red number on my scorecard!


It was an up-and-down ride and I would like to tame that down and have less big numbers. I need to work on my concentration. When I strike it on the fairway then I get ahead of myself and I think too far ahead.


I would love to be a familiar face in the Maybank Malaysian Open. It has always been a challenge to be playing in this big event. I’m glad that I saw a lot of crowd out here supporting us. I’m happy to be out here to play on the big stage.


NICHOLAS FUNG (MAS) – FOURTH ROUND 73 (+1), TOTAL 289 (+1)


I started a bit bad with three straight bogeys. I think it was because of lack of warm up because I was stretching in the locker room and forgot about the time. Stretching is very important in my game now because it gives me extra distance on the course. I went to the range at around 7.45pm and didn’t have enough time to practise my putting.


I was hitting good tee shots on my first three holes but three putted those holes to drop shots. I tried to calm myself down and had two birdies on my way home. It was still a good week for me.


I have no complains this week. This is the first time I made the cut so I’m happy with that. I’m looking forward to next year. I’m confident I can play better next year because of my performance this week.


I played in the EurAsia Cup (last month) and we had massive crowds there as well. I learn a lot of things from that tournament. I’m more patient and I can handle the pressure on the last hole even though there is a huge crowd watching me.


We need more Malaysians to play outside of Malaysia and compete with the Asian Tour, European Tour or even PGA Tour players. We have to watch how they play and learn from them. It is a good experience if we can go out and play. There is a different environment outside of Malaysia because the golf courses are designed differently. It is good for us to go out and play more. When we do that and come back to Malaysia, it will be a lot easier to play here.