#PanasonicOpenIndia Rd 3 What They Said

Sun 04 Dec 2016

#PanasonicOpenIndia Rd 3 What They Said


Mukesh Kumar of India Mukesh Kumar of India

New Delhi, December 4: Read what players have to say following the third and final round of the Panasonic Open India on Sunday.

Mukesh Kumar (Ind) – Final Round 70 (-2), Total 206 (-10)

I am very proud of myself. I have waited 32 years (since turning professional) for this. This means a lot to me. It is my first international win. It is different from the 123 wins that I have had on the domestic Tour earlier. This is a superb achievement for me. I have been wanting to achieve this.

The 20-footer that I made for birdie on 15 was the decisive putt for me. I knew I had a good chance after sinking that putt. I told myself I just need to par the last three holes. Even though I know Jyoti was just one shot back and he has a good chance on 18 being a long-hitter, I didn’t think too much about that. I just focused on what I need to do.

Whenever I lead on the local Tour, it’s not easy for me to lose it. But it feels very different today because I know there are many good players out here. I am very glad that I managed to stay in the moment and get the job done.

Rashid Khan of India Rashid Khan of India

I will play on the Asian Tour next year now that I have won my card. However, I would have to give the Hong Kong Open next week a miss as I won’t be able to get my passport renewed in time. I didn’t expect to win.

Rashid Khan (Ind) – Final Round 68 (-4), Total 208 (-8)

I started very well today, except on the fourth where I hit it to the right and took a drop in the bunker. But I made a very really good bogey there. I gave myself a few more chances after that but unfortunately I wasn’t able to take advantage of them. It was only until 14 that I started to make birdies again. That gave me a lot of confidence and I went on to birdie 15 and 18. I had to play aggressively. I had to give it a try. I missed a short putt for birdie on 16 which was disappointing but overall, it was good. I am happy to finish well this week. I tried my best.

Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) – Final Round 68 (-4), Total 208 (-8)

I am very happy for Mukesh. He played well for his first Asian Tour victory so hats off to

Jyoti Randhawa of India Jyoti Randhawa of India

him. It’s great for him because it’s his first international win after so many years of playing on the local Tour. I did my best today. Maybe just one shot was bad but this is golf for you. As long as you do your best, it’s alright. I needed to birdie the 18. I wanted to make sure I made a birdie there so I took a two-iron. The tee shot was off but I had a great save for par there. It has been a great week for me. My game has been improving. I am happy to finish well at the Delhi Golf Club again. There is surely a lot of positives to take from this week and it will set me up nicely for the season finale in Hong Kong next week. I am confident that my win will come soon if I can keep up my good form.