MTM: Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 05 Oct 2014

MTM: Rd 4 What They Said

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Taipei, October 5: Read to find out what players have to say following the final round of the US$650,000 Mercuries Taiwan Masters on Sunday.
STEVE LEWTON (ENG) – FINAL ROUND 71 (-1), TOTAL 283 (-5)
This win means a lot to me. I’m ecstatic. It means I get the chance to get into bigger events now. It just made things a lot easier now. It’s been quite a tough year for me. I lost my father at the start of the year. He was diagnosed with bile cancer about two years ago and passed away earlier in January. He was like my best friend and he was also an avid golfer. He kind of pushed me to what I am today and he kept me going in golf when I was struggling in the past few years. It’s a real shame that he’s not here anymore to witness this but I’m sure he will be happy for me wherever he is.
It’s strange that I didn’t feel any pressure during the round, maybe because I didn’t get to see a lot of scoreboards out there. I’m surprised to see a lot of local golf fans following me and Antonio Lascuna as well. I thought I will just keep doing what I am doing. It’s just amazing to win this kind of stressful event. I enjoyed played with Antonio today. It was brilliant. I’ve played with him a couple of times before and he’s a nice guy. He’s been playing so well. At the start of the day, I thought if I can beat Antonio, I would have a good chance of winning. He played very nicely and he was trying hard to catch me. He got unlucky in the round but on the whole, he played well.
It’s my third year on the Asian Tour and I think it has gotten me a lot to know about these grasses here. I can’t describe how different they are compared to the ones back home in England. I think I just got more used to playing on the grasses here in Asia. It’s just amazing to get this breakthrough win today.
The crowd was fantastic today. I don’t know if they were rooting for me but it was a good experience. Everyone was cheering and clapping for me. They keep me upbeat in the game as it’s nice to have people watching.
My main goal this year was to win an event or finish top-10 on the Order of Merit. Although I’m a long way behind my friend David Lipsky now, I would aim to finish in top-five at the end of the season. That would be more realistic.
I will be aiming to get into the CIMB Classic and WGC-HSBC Champions as well. It’s always good to get into these big events. I’m looking to play in Dubai as well, last event of the year. I’ve fly through Dubai a lot of times but never been there. It would be good to go there for another event before Christmas.
ANTONIO LASCUNA (PHI) – FINAL ROUND 72 (EVEN PAR), TOTAL 285 (-3)
It was a good fight for me. I am disappointed for sure but I guess I have to work harder for my win. Perhaps I was not lucky enough today but overall, I’m still happy with how I played this week. I’m looking to play in the bigger events coming up.
ADILSON DA SILVA (BRA) - FINAL ROUND 72 (EVEN PAR), TOTAL 285 (-3)
I thought I had a chance this week but I  just couldn’t get it right today. I kept making mistakes but I haven’t been in contention for a long time. It was still a good week for me even though I didn’t win. It was still a good finish for me.
UNHO PARK (AUS) – FINAL ROUND 72 (EVEN PAR), TOTAL 286 (-2)
I'm happy to cap my best finish so far this season. I've been struggling with my game up to this point. I was not expecting much coming to this week's event. I just had a couple of swing thoughts that I thought i would just try out this week and it seemed to work. I slowed down my tempo a bit this week and happy to see better results. I just kept the ball in play and you can't afford to miss the fairways out here. I hit more fairways than I usually do this week. I guess that was the key.
CHAPCHAI NIRAT (PHI) – FINAL ROUND 70 (-2), TOTAL 288 (EVEN PAR)
I hit very good tee shots today. The wind was not as strong as the last three days so I guess that was an advantage for me. Overall, I’m very happy with my result this week. I’m riding on the good form since winning in Malaysia three weeks ago. I’m feeling very confident with my game. I’m taking a week off to rest next week and then I’ll be off to Hong Kong Open. I’m looking forward to play in the big events coming up. I hope I can get another top-10 in Hong Kong and  continue to ride on my good form.
ANGELO QUE (PHI) – FINAL ROUND 70 (-2), TOTAL 289 (+1)
I had a good round today. I started off well with two birdies on the second and sixth holes but made a double-bogey unfortunately on the ninth. It was a mental lapse but luckily I pull it together by making some birdies coming in. I was hitting it good. I was just hoping to finish under-par on this course. It’s always like that during the weekend rounds where you would want to move up the leaderboard. I was just going for one-under-par but luckily I managed to secure another birdie on the 18th. You can’t be greedy out there. You just take what you get. You just have to accept it and be happy with it.
The wind was still blowing strong today. I don’t think it was easier compared to the last three rounds. The winds were coming in and out and you know it will confuse you. I think I played good today because I knew the course better now and getting used to the playing conditions out there. I’ve played here for so many years so I thought I should know how to tackle this course by now.
I realized that the greens are better this year but players are still not able to score well. I think it’s because they are confused as they are all used to playing on the grainy and slower greens. Some holes we know it’s going to be slow but it’s not anymore. I think the change has brought everybody closer together on the leaderboard.
NICHOLAS FUNG (MAS) – FINAL ROUND 71 (-1), TOTAL 295 (+7)
I struggled the last two days because of the windy condition out there but I kind of got used to it today. I feel good to shoot another good round. I think I play better when I get an early tee time as it is less windy in the morning, just like how it was on the first day.
Overall, it has been a good experience this week playing in Taiwan, especially when it’s my first time playing in this tournament. I learnt how to tackle the course better in windy conditions. I’ll be playing in a local tournament back home next week and head to the Hong Kong Open the week after.
Ends.