#PanasonicOpenIndia Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 08 Nov 2015

#PanasonicOpenIndia Rd 4 What They Said

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Chiragh Kumar (Ind) – Final Round 70 (-2), Total 275 (-13)
Winning an Asian Tour event means a lot to me. I’ve come close once or twice. This is amazing because I’ve been playing well in the last month or so. It really means a lot to me to win at the Delhi Golf Club. It is so special for me to win here. I’ve grown up watching senior players playing here and wanting to be at that stage and experience it. It is like a dream come true. This is the best thing that can happen to me. Everybody know me at this club so it is very special to win.
I was fortunate to put in a lot of hardwork in the off season. When I finished second in Macao it was a big confidence boost.
I always knew that Siddikur will be a tough guy to beat especially when he was one-shot behind me. I’m lucky he didn’t get off to a hot start. It was neck and neck all the way but I kept myself together and played well. I told myself that I need to do what I need to do.
I made that long putt on 13 (25-feet) and that gave me a two-shot cushion at that time. It definitely makes things easier to have some cushion especially at the Delhi Golf Club. I missed a short birdie on 14 but I told myself not to let it get to me.
After 15 I was still one shot ahead with three to play. I made a bit of mistake on the 16th hole but I recovered really well.
I came close to winning in 2011. At that time I told myself that I can win at the Hero Indian Open but David Gleeson was too good to beat that week. I told myself I can win and I kept patient.
I visited this course when I was 12 years old. I started playing because my father used to play. I started following him and took to the game. I don’t remember much of my early golfing days. I used to come out and watch people play in all these tournaments.
My early heroes? Gaurav Ghei, Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal. I think they are everyone’s heroes. They are the ones who put Indian golf on the map. They are the pioneers of the sport. Gaurav Ghei is someone I can really associate with because I grew up watching him play at the club. Shiv (Kapur) is a close friend of mine as well. He is a good friend.
(On the Venetian Macao Open). I played with Scott Hend on the third day and he wasn’t having a great round. He had a good last few holes and I told myself that this is what great players do. They keep grinding it out and never give up. It is not over till it is over. That’s something that I learned on the third day. The way he played on the back nine it was amazing to see.
Siddikur Rahman (Ban) – Final Round 72 (E), Total 278 (-10)
I got hurt on the second hole but I played really well until the 16th hole. I couldn’t play as well as I wanted to on the last two holes. I’m not disappointed because this is all part of the game.
I thought I wasn’t able to play because I was hurt but the physiotherapist gave me some treatment on the fourth tee box and I felt better. I’m happy that I finished my round.
I didn’t put any pressure on myself to do well or win because I could feel the pain in my back. The win didn’t come but it is okay.
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) - Final Round 69 (-3), Total 278  (-10)
It was tough to chase the leader. Chiragh played very well. I wasn’t focussing on the leaderboard. I knew that if I did well, the result would come. I’m happy with the result. This will is a good confidence boost heading in the next few Asian Tour events.