Reflections of 2014 with Mithun Perera

Wed 07 Jan 2015

Reflections of 2014 with Mithun Perera

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January 7: Mithun Perera, the only Sri Lankan with full playing status on the Asian Tour, looks back at his 2014 season as he reflects the highs and lows of his year.
Were you happy with your season in 2014?
I played some good golf and I kept my card but I wasn’t too happy overall. I had some bad luck, had like 15 plugged balls in bunkers and I missed the cut on five occasions by one shot. I also missed the cut in four events by two. I didn’t play bad golf. I was just unlucky in some events.
What was the main highlight of the year?
I’ve played on the Asian Tour since 2012. Every season, I’ve finished in the top-60 which I’ve kept my goal.
Any regrets at all?
I think I’ve learned some good lessons. I initially thought that everything would be easy in golf. Then I realised that it’s not easy at all. I’ve seen a lot of players working hard but they have not got the results. I’ve been so lucky that I’ve kept my card in the last three years.
What do you hope to do better in 2015?
I know what I need to do now. My tee shot accuracy, my irons and putting stroke are all good. Just need to get these to work better and then hope to have some luck and win my first tournament on the Asian Tour.
Any shot in 2014 which you wish you can rehit?
Probably the third shot at the last hole at the Delhi Golf Club during the fourth round at the Panasonic Open India. If I could hit that shot better, I could have had a chance to make birdie for a win. (Note: Mithun lost to S.S.P. Chowrasia in a play-off)
How will you spend your off season?
I’m actually still playing in a few local events in India, and also playing in a charity event as well. There won’t be much of a break for me. I’m also going to play in the Sabah Masters as my father won that event many years ago and I want to try to win that same event too.
Any Christmas presents for yourself?
My birthday is actually December 26. If I play good, I normally buy myself something.
In your mind, who was the star of 2014 on the Asian Tour?
There were two players. One is Thaworn Wiratchant and the other is Anirban Lahiri. They were both so good throughout the year.
Who do you think will shine in 2015?
It’s my goal to win in the new season. I also like Thaworn’s game. He’s so amazing, has amazing hands.