#QueensCup Final Rd What They Said

Sun 21 Jun 2015

#QueensCup Final Rd What They Said

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Koh Samui, Thailand, June 21: Read what players have to say following the final round of the US$300,000 Queen's Cup on Sunday.
Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand
Prayad Marksaeng (Tha) – Final Round 65 (-6), Total 270 (-14) - WINNER
It doesn’t matter if I didn’t win because I was already sure that the trophy will remain in Thailand. I started with a bogey but I wasn’t worried as there are plenty of holes to go. I knew Thanyakon was making a fast charge heading into the back nine but I thought it was only one shot so it didn’t affect me. I still have the chance and I was confident with my game.
When I hit my tee shot into the hazard on 16th, I thought whatever happens, I should at least make a bogey, nothing worse than that but I managed to save par there which was good. I told myself not to make any more mistakes from there.
On the 18th hole, I knew I had a good chance to win. Even if I bogey the last, I will still win by one. I just played my game. Compared to the last time I won, I thought the pressure was not as much this time because Thanyakon was ahead of me and I didn’t know what was going on.
To be able to win at 49 years old is just incredible for me. I am very proud of myself. At the end of this year, I will be going to the qualifying school for the Champions Tour in Arizona. If I can get in, I will probably shift my focus there. That is the plan for now. I don’t think I can ever break the record of Thaworn Wiratchant who has 18 titles on the Asian Tour!
Thanyakon Khrongpha of Thailand Thanyakon Khrongpha of Thailand
Thanyakon Khrongpha (Tha) – Final Round 65 (-6), Total 272 (-12)
I played so well all day. I was really going for the win out there and I thought I had a chance until that bogey on the 16th. It was windy on the tee and very hard to gauge the wind direction. I hit my tee shot off and into the hazard. After that, I knew I had missed the chance.
I have been missing on my win for so many times since last year and I have wanted to win on the Asian Tour for so long.  I played good all day really. But overall, I am still happy to finish second. I was six-over at one stage of the tournament and to be able to finish in second place is just great. I have no complains.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha) – 66 (-5), Total 274 (-10)
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand
I made some up and downs today. I started out very good, then struggled a bit with my putter but I had a great comeback with two eagles in my closing three holes. I had a bad lie off the tee on 16th actually. I was just trying to hit it on the greens to save par. I didn’t expect the ball to go in after hitting my second shot. I thought it was pretty close and didn’t know the ball went in until I heard the crowd cheering.
I was happy to birdie 14th because I have been trying to make birdies before that. I regained my momentum from there and went on to cap a good finish.
On the last hole, I didn’t hit it onto the green and given my short game, I thought I can just chipped it in. I didn’t expect it to go in but I was hoping for it to go in!
It’s always good to come and play here because this is where I got my first top-five result on the Asian Tour (2013 Queen’s Cup). I always feel good and confident coming here.
This top-five finish will definitely boost my ranking on the Asian Tour for sure. My target is to finish inside top-10 on the final Order of Merit at the end of the season. I will keep working towards that goal.
Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka
Siddikur Rahman (Ban) – 68 (-3), Total 274 (-10)
I am happy with another top-10 finish as I played with no expectations. I didn’t hit the ball as well today but I am happy I made four birdies. I had a good finish to the round as I birdied the last hole to grab a share of third place with Jazz.
I thought I had a chance to try and birdie the last because it’s an easy hole to birdie for everyone. I saw Jazz was up there on -10 before I tee off so I thought maybe I can try and birdie as well. My putting was close to perfect today. I would say 99.5% of my putts went in.
I am not setting any targets for this season. If I can continue to play like how I did this week, I will be happy. I will head home to practise and prepare for the Omega European Masters next month. My coach will be going there with me for the first time. He will be carrying my bag as well so I am really looking forward to that. I will be discussing and analyzing the golf course with him when I get back. Hopefully it was be a good outing in Switzerland!
Mithun Perera (Sri) – 69 (-2). Total 276 (-8)
I am very happy with my week. This is my best ever finish at the Queen’s Cup. Having said that, I am disappointed that I didn’t take advantage of my suitability with this course. I was sure I can play well and I did but was not enough to win the title.
I was trying to win to get into the Omega European Masters but now that I don’t have a chance, my next aim would be to get inside top-10 on the Order of Merit and qualify for the CIMB Classic later this year.
This is my second time finishing inside top-five in Thailand. The last time was in Chiangmai. It’s good to get the feeling of playing good golf back. I will try to practise harder and sharpen my game so I can achieve my goals in a couple of months’ time.
I know my game is there and my win will come soon. I just have to stay patient for it.
Paul Peterson (Usa) – 68 (-3), Total 277 (-7)
It was a really good week. I am hapy to cap another top-10 finish this week. It’s a difficult golf course and with it being my time playing the Queen’s Cup this week, I have to be pleased with how I finished. I stayed patient all week and that allowed me to make some putts on my back nine yesterday. I felt like I played a really solid round today. It would have been nice to have a couple of birdies coming in but that’s ok.
I am looking forward to playing in Switzerland now.