#PanasonicOPEN Rd 4: What they said

Sun 23 Apr 2017

#PanasonicOPEN Rd 4: What they said

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Noda City, Chiba prefecture, Japan, April 23: Read what Panasonic OPEN Japan winner Kenichi Kuboya and other contenders had to say after the final round of the ¥150 million (approximately US$1.37million) event on Sunday.
Kenichi Kuboya (Jpn) – Fourth round 64 (-7), Total 273 (-11)
My back has been hurting recently and I was feeling the pain throughout the week. But surprisingly, it was okay today. I was on form with my putter all week, so that really helped a lot. I was not expecting to win at the start of the week as I had set for myself a top-10 target. So this win is definitely a bonus. I felt bad for Miyamoto when he saw him hitting those bad shots at the play-off hole. I know Miyamoto for a very long time and we are good friends. I’m going to drink lots of alcohol to celebrate this victory. The best thing about this week is the winner’s cheque which will come in very handy for the family!
Juvic Pagunsan (Phi) – Fourth round 69 (-2), Total 275 (-9)
It was very good to finish with an eagle on the last hole. I was one-over after the front-nine but I made really good recovery in my back-nine where I birdied 13 followed by that closing eagle. It has been a good week so far and I hope it’ll continue this way when I play in Nagoya next week.  
Prayad Marksaeng (Tha) – Fourth round 72 (Even), Total 276 (-8)
I thought I had the chance to fightback after those two birdies on 10 and 11. I was only 1 shot behind the leaders at that stage. But I had trouble on those two par-five on 14 and 18. Two bogeys there cost me the title chance. But it’s okay, I look forward to my next event and hopefully play well again.
Siddikur Rahman (Ban) – Fourth round 65 (-6), Total 276 (-8)
I really enjoyed all four days here in Japan. I holed many long putts today which helped me to finish really strongly. Also, I played without any pressure today and that helped too. The only pressure I felt this week was on Friday where I was trying to make the cut. After that, I started to enjoy myself on the golf course and I’m happy I managed to end the week with a top-10 finish. Performances like today are the kind which I draw a lot of confidence from. I finished second in Bangladesh and with another top-10 result this week, it’ll help with my world ranking too. I’m headed to Taiwan with lots of self-belief now.
Jason Knutzon (Usa) – Fourth round 71 (Even), Total 279 (-5)
This is my first week out and I had a lot of fun. You try to manage your expectations when you first come and then you get right into the heat of everything. I played pretty okay the last couple of days but I just had one birdie in the last 36 holes. The putts were just not rolling in. When I got into the mix after two rounds, it was hard not to think of it (win). After what I had gone through and playing in my first event this year, it was like all written over that this was going to be a fun week. But it was not meant to be and I’ll take a lot of positives out from this week.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha) - Fourth round 68 (-3), Total 280 (-4)
I haven’t got a good record in Japan so I’m obviously very pleased with my final result this week. The greens here are different from anywhere else in Asia so it’s nice to be able to end the week well. I think a lot of this good performance comes from my win in Bangladesh, which gave me lots of confidence. I got my breakthrough and has helped to free up my mind a lot. I play with less stress now and I’m more carefree with my approach towards my game nowadays.