RWMM-Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 23 Nov 2014

RWMM-Rd 4 What They Said

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Manila, November 23: Read what players have to say following the final round of the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters presented by 918.com on Sunday.
Mardan Mamat (Sin) – Final round 69 (-3), Total 268 (-20)
It means a lot to me. This is my last year of exemption on the Asian Tour and I needed to play well to keep my card. I wanted to win again to keep my exemption for the next few years. When I practised on the driving range in the morning, the wind was pretty strong. I knew that the scores won’t be low and I knew I had to maintain myself and my plan was to take it one thing at a time. I knew I couldn’t control anyone, only myself and I focused on my own game. Playing with Kiradech, I knew I needed to keep in my own pace, keep to my own strength and it worked out.
This week, it was about recovering my confidence. Two weeks ago, Zaw Moe tried to stop my faults and he managed to get me back in my game. Like I said, earlier this week, I had no expectations. I was striking the ball good and I stayed patient with myself.
It’s always nice to come back to the Philippines (he won the Philippine Open in 2012). I have a lot of friends here like Frankie Minoza. He’s one of my idols and he’s been very supportive of golf in Asia. I always feel comfortable coming to the Philippines.
I always run at home, to try to keep fit. I also work very hard with my trainer back home as it’s important to stay fit these days.
Walking up on the 18th hol, anything could still happen. I knew I had a six shot lead at the turn and I didn’t want to make any stupid mistakes and just kept the ball in play. I didn’t feel comfortable until after I hit my second shot. Then only I felt comfortable about winning this tournament.
It’s always nice to come back to the Philippines. I know all the pros here. When I come here, they make me feel like home.
I made a mistake with my three wood on the 10th hole and on 13, I just misread the line a little bit. I didn’t give it enough allowance on the putt and I missed it. I stayed patient and I told myself that I was still there, I was still there.
Lionel Weber (Fra) – Final round 70 (-2), Total 274 (-14)
I seem to be able to get everything I want out there. Everything was important for me. I’m happy I secured my card for next year. This is my best performance so far. There was a lot of tension and I tried to stay in my game plan, play it hole by hole, shot by shot.
I’m happy with how I played today. I can’t really react to the fact that I’ve just capped my best result this season yet, maybe later when I talk to my family and friends but it’s a great feeling. I feel like I’m playing different golf now that I’ve kept my card. I will just enjoy my game.
It’s not the same game anymore. You kind of get rid of the pressure. We play golf because we enjoy the game. If you get the pressure, you won’t play well. I will keep telling myself to just enjoy the game. I will play better.
I think my game has matured after this tournament. I made some mistakes in the last tournament and I realized how it important it is to have a good mindset. I did think I had a chance to catch up with Mardan when I birdied the first but I made some really silly mistakes on the second.
I hit a rescue to the green and it went into the water on the second. Mardan is a good player and he has won a lot of times on the Asian Tour. I think I was thinking more about securing my card.
Prom Meesawat (Tha) – Final Round 68 (-4), Total 276 (-12)
I didn’t have a good draw for the first two days. I played in the wind on both days which made it a different course. Today was also windy but I put myself in full control and tried to give myself some birdie chances. I still made mistakes on the par five fourth hole and then missed some short putts. But it’s still a good week for me.
When I walked out of the clubhouse and I saw the wind, I knew it was very difficult to catch him. I was hoping for a good start, hoping for three or four under in the first few holes and then hoping for him to drop some shots but it didn’t happen.
I am trying to finish top two on the Order of Merit to get into the WGC-Cadillac Championship but with four tournaments to play, anything can still happen as I’m on good form. I’m committed to play in the last four tournaments.
I think I still have a chance. I hope to have some good weekends ahead. I just have to be careful with playing too much though. I don’t want to over push myself. I just want to let it happen and just enjoy my golf and see what happens.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) – Final round 75 (+3), Total 278 (-10)     
It didn’t go as I planned. I stumbled on the fourth after making birdies on first and third. I was just trying to attack the pin and play more aggressively so I can catch up a bit with Mardan. It was a big turning point for me after I doubled that hole. I couldn’t get my mind back. I lost some confidence and I knew it will not be easy to fight back.
I thought I would use a five-wood to hit it on the fourth. If it gets into the bunker, I will just get up and down there for birdie. But with the wind condition today, I couldn't hit a cut. I couldn’t strike it good.
Sam Brazel (Aus) – Final round 69 (-3), Total 278 (-1)
It has been a good week. I had a good finish today. I struggled with my driver a little bit but overall it was good. I like this course. The playing conditions were great but it had been really hot out there. It was very windy, which made it tough to score. I was just trying to stay patient out there. I had a good weekend which is nice.
I wasn’t thinking much about trying to save my card actually. I just want to play my game and enjoy it. I was just focusing on my game, trying to hit the fairways and it’s probably easier that way. Hopefully I get to play all the remaining events left for this season and continue to play well so break into top-60 on the Order of Merit.
Hung Chien-yao (Tpe) – Final round 71 (-1), Total 278 (-10)
My front nine was very bumpy. The weather today was so different from the first three rounds. It was so much windier today. I wasn’t very stressful out there actually. I just told myself to try and make par at least. I kind of changed my mindset a bit and I managed to play better on the back.
I’m happy with how I finished but I thought I could’ve finish better to boost my ranking on the merit list. Overall, my game has been good. Hopefully I can secure another good result in the remaining tournaments to stay in top-60 on the money list. That will take a bit pressure off my load.
Danny Chia (Mas) – Final Round 72 (E), Total 280 (-8)
I was trying really hard out there and it was never meant to happen. I tried too hard and was tentative and didn’t want to make mistakes. The last two days, I made one silly triple and one double and I didn’t want to repeat those. A lot of time, there were some shots which I played safe and left myself with long putts. Didn’t give myself good birdie looks today.
I really don’t know about the Order of Merit position. My condition is getting tough. I might be thinking of pulling out of the King’s Cup next week. Will have to think about it. Last night, I kind of felt the ache on my right shoulder.
I have to listen to my body but I’m in the situation if I should pull out or not due to the Order of Merit scenario.
Chiragh Kumar (Ind) –Final round 70 (-2), Total 280 (-8)
It was windy out there. It was really tough but I played very well to shoot two-under. I hit the ball good but I left a few chances out there. I have a few putts which I shouldn’t have missed. Overall, I’m still happy with the way I played.
The wind was really blowing today. I think it is the windiest day this week. The week’s been good. I made a few up and downs. I could’ve played a little bit better to put myself in better position on the merit rankings. A slightly higher finish would have allowed me to secure my 2015 card but well, I am obviously not disappointed with the way I played this week. Hopefully I can continue the good form into next week’s King’s Cup.
I think my game’s headed towards the right direction and I’m hoping for better results in the upcoming weeks.
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