#NZOpen100 - Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 03 Mar 2019

#NZOpen100 - Rd 4 What They Said

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Queenstown, New Zealand, March 3: Read what players have to say following the final round of the 100th New Zealand Open on Sunday.

Zach Murray (Aus) – Final round 68 (-4), Total 266 (-21)

Starting my career like this is so huge and to win the 100th New Zealand Open - I don’t really think words can describe that. I’ve etched my name in history a little bit, which is really good and I’ll come back and support this tournament as long as I’m a professional.

Growing up in the country, being loyal to the people when you first started, I’m looking forward to playing this tournament for the rest of my life. I was speaking to (Sir Bob) just before and I’d never met him before, he’s an amazing man and I reckon if I could have a 10th of the career that he had I’ll die a happy man, I reckon.

I just holed some nice putts and that has been the key for me all week. This win will get me into the upcoming Maybank Championship in Malaysia. I can’t wait for that. It’s going to be fantastic. I was trying to get an invite there but now I don’t have to.

I am super happy to be able to head out there and I look forward to playing full time in Asia. This victory means a lot to me. Any professionals who just started out would want to play. I am loving the game at the moment and I just want to keep playing well and capitalize on this win.

I really like Asia. It’s pretty close to home, just one flight away. Not jet-lags, it’s nice. My family and friends can come out and support if I do well. I have friends who played in Asia before telling me that the people are nice and supportive in Asia so I am looking forward to it.

Ashley Hall (Aus)– Final round 65 (-7), Total 268 (-19)

I wanted to get off to a quick start and I did, I found some magic with the putter. I almost felt like I couldn’t miss for a little while. I’m a bit disappointed with the finish, just a bit jittery. I haven’t played much lately and haven’t been in the hunt for a while.

Josh Geary (Nzl) – Final round 68 (-3), Total 268 (-19)

When I hit it close on 13 and got the eagle I thought ‘maybe’, but he responded really well. We lost the tee shot left on 15 but got a drop and made birdie and started to feel it could happen. It was not really gone because 16, 17 and 18 are holes that can trip you up.

It is my first event for three months and it came with a lot of changes to the swing over the last six months. Overall, I am really happy with the week. It was a shame I lost a bit of momentum today. I hit a good shot into 5 which hit the flag and missed the green and that started a five hole stretch of some weird stuff. I bounced back from that but it was too little too late.

Jazz Janewattananond (Tha) – Final round 64 (-8), Total 269 (-18)

My caddy Jacob was just telling me that the two eagles on the back nine reminded him of my back nine at the Indonesian Masters last year. I had two eagles to finish second there. I am pleased with the way I played.

I started off really good today but kind of struggled during the middle of the round. But got it back after that. I got it back earlier than I did yesterday though so that helps. I wasn’t thinking much out there to be honest. I saw the leaderboard and thought I am too far away from the lead.

I just try my best to play well, hoping to boost my world rankings with a good result. I have been playing well since I started working with my new coach Pete Cowen. This week’s a good build-up for Maybank Championship as well so I am looking forward to that.

I think I will need another good result there to have a chance to qualify for the Majors and World Golf Championships. The week’s been lovely. I am going to do some sight seeing before going home tomorrow. Maybe do some activities but no bungee jump for sure!

I’m taking the next week off. I haven’t been home for a few weeks so I hope to get some good rest and spend time with my family back home.

It’s still early in the season. I wasn’t thinking about it earlier but now, I think I might have a chance. It all depends on how I do at the Maybank Championship later this month. If I finish well there, I should be in a better position to chase for the Order of Merit title.

Ajeetesh Sandhu (Ind) – Final round 66 (-6), Total 276 (-11)

It was just a really solid round. I hit it good off the tees and I putted well as well. Nice to stay bogey-free but I did miss a few birdies out there. Couldn’t have been really low but I am not going to complain about that.

This week’s been amazing, the place, the tournament and all. Playing with the amateurs as well, it’s just such a relaxed atmosphere out here. I definitely will be back here again. I haven’t done any sight-seeing yet actually.

I have two more days here so I am going to check out the place before going to Christchurch on Tuesday. It’s supposed to be a beautiful drive there so I am looking forward to it. My dad is here with me.

After this, we will be home for about 10 days and then off to Malaysia for the Maybank Championship. I would like to win again for sure. That’s always been my goal.


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