#RWMMasters-Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 22 Nov 2015

#RWMMasters-Rd 4 What They Said

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Manila, November 22: Read what players have to say following the final round of the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters on Sunday.
Natipong Srithong (Tha) – Final Round 67 (-5), Total (-15)
Natipong Srithong of Thailand Natipong Srithong of Thailand
I just turned professional two months ago. I am playing on a sponsor’s invite this week and I was really motivated to play well because I have no playing status on the Asian Tour. I thought if I didn't win today, I will go to the Qualifying School next January to try and get my Asian Tour card. I don’t have to anymore.
I keep telling myself to stay calm out there. In the last few tournaments, I got excited about being in contention but ended up not playing well in the last round. Today, I kept reminding myself to keep calm I took it one shot at a time and played at my own pace. I tried not to get ahead of myself.
The past few events which I’ve played on the Asian Development Tour and Asian Tour were great experiences. I learned a lot from playing in those tournaments. My coach, who is also my caddy this week, gave me a lot of advice when I played out there. He has helped me a lot this week.
I was actually targeting for 16-under-par. I got excited for a bit after looking at the leaderboard. I thought I would need to get to 16-under to be safe. I birdied the 17th hole and that gave me a bit of confidence heading to the last hole but I failed to make birdie on 18th, so I thought maybe I might have to prepare for a play-off.
I was nervous but I tried to stick to my game. After signing for the score, a caddy told me Hung has hit it into the hazard and I felt I might have a chance to win. I thought I was lucky today. When it was my turn to play, the wind kind of stopped.
Seeing Danthai (Boonma) winning last week was an inspiration. He was my roommate these two weeks and after he won last week, he said it will be my turn soon. I didn't expect it to be so soon. Danthai is a very close friend of mine. We played in the national team together and also the SEA Games together. We have known each other for a very long time.
I am still studying law in Thammasat University right now and I have one more year left. The plan was to play this week and head home next week to prepare for my exams. Now that I’ve won, I will have to go back and discuss with my dad what’s the plan moving ahead. For now, I will be playing the next tournament in Vietnam.
As an amateur, you don’t have to play to make the cut. That’s the main difference. As an amateur, I just play shot by shot and not have to worry about anything else.
Jbe Kruger (Rsa) – Final round 71 (-1), Total 274 (-14)
Jbe Kruger of South Africa Jbe Kruger of South Africa
If it’s not meant to be, it’s not meant to be. I had a difficult shot on nine. Sandwedge in the bunker and there was no sand in the bunker. I thinned it out and then I just hit a terrible shot on 10. Tried to fight back and hit it close a few times but the putts didn’t want to drop.
On the last hole, I knew I had to make eagle to try to tie him (Natipong) and I nearly did. It shows it wasn’t meant to be. The chip ran over the lip. The Lord still knows what he’s doing. I’m playing a lot better now. As soon as I get the putter going, I’ll start to win again. I’m going home, playing next week. Almost on form now and just need to work on the putter.
Hung Chien-yao (Tpe) – Final Round 73 (+1), Total 275 (-13)
I think what happened is similar to what I experienced in Macao last month actually. I wasn’t stressed but I thought I was too uptight and just couldn’t play my best out there. I guess I may be pushing myself too much. After the stumble at the start, I told myself not to think too much. My Taiwanese friends in the Philippines came to support me and they followed me on the course. I was very happy to see them. I thought I have to play my game and forget about what happened earlier. I focused shot by shot after that until that hole-in-one on the 13th!
221115_RWMM_Hung Chien-yao (TPE) 11I never expect the ball to go in. I was just hoping to put it on the green and the ball disappeared. I was extremely happy after that. I felt much more relaxed after that and my luck got better from there. I knew I was in a share of lead coming to the last. I didn’t think too much. I just told myself to try and hit the fairway. I tried not to stress myself out. My tee shots have been great the whole week. I really didn’t expect to hit it off the mark on the last.
I was thinking if I take a drop for a one-shot penalty, how many shots will I take? But then I thought I might as well be aggressive and try to chip it out. Overall, I am still happy with my result. I thought my game has really improved even though I didn’t win.
The last time in Macao, I led after two rounds but this week, I was leading after three rounds. It’s an improvement for me. This is probably my best finish on the Asian Tour so far. I’ve finished top-five last year too. Hopefully I can do better next time.
I didn’t dare to turn on my phone last night. I turned on my phone the last time in Macao. I know my friends, family and sponsors have been very supportive but I didn’t want to give myself unnecessary pressure. I knew they all are just hoping for me to do my best.
I felt my mum was a bit tense although she didn’t say much. She just told me it’s very good that I made the halfway cut.
Lee Chieh-po (Tpe) – Final Round 70 (-2), Total 275 (-13)
Lee Chieh-po of Chinese Taipei Lee Chieh-po of Chinese Taipei
I think I have really done my best. I am very happy with my result. I played better today. I thought I was more in the situation today than how I was yesterday. I guess the experience of playing in the last group helps. My iron-shots were great.
I made some mistakes on the back nine. I three-putted twice. I guess that was what made me lose out on the win today. But overall, I thought I really did my best. For the final round, I thought I have really gave it my best effort and I’m happy with the result. This is my best finish on the Asian Tour so far. Hopefully I can secure my card for next year.
If I say I’m not stressed, I would be lying to you. But I was not as tensed as I was yesterday. Although I was tensed, I was able to stay focused out there which was good. This week’s been a great learning experience for me. From the start of the round, me and Hung have been encouraging each other. Being able to play with him today was really an advantage I guess. We were very supportive of each other out there.
Prom Meesawat (Tha) – Final Round 69 (-3), Total 276 (-12)
I’m happy with another top-five finish although I think I could have done better. I had a very slow start today. My tee shots and iron shots were not as good as the past few days but I didn’t make as many bogeys today which is today.
I’ve been playing good these two weeks and my game is in good form right now. I’m looking forward to the next few events coming up.
Rahil Gangjee (Ind) – Final round 68 (-4), Total 276 (-12)
Rahil Gangjee of India Rahil Gangjee of India
I enjoyed the first few holes, birdie, birdie, birdie start. In the final round, everybody is looking for those starts to try and catch up with the leaders and get a peak. Played well on the front nine but made a bogey on 12 but bounced back with a good birdie on 13. After that it was a flat line. I played decently well this week. Finishing with that putt for par on 18 was a big thing as that would help me keep my card. Now, I’ll try to get back into the top-30 as that’s where the big money is. That was my goal at the start of the week.
I didn’t look at the leaderboard until the 13th hole. I was trying something new, just go out to play. 12 was an untimely bogey. The wind switched on us. It was blowing really hard and it just switched on us. It caught my ball and pushed it all the way right. Made bogey there. All in all, I’m happy. I want to try to finish high now. This was an important week as it was one of our biggest events of the season.
Angelo Que (Phi) – Final round 72 (-E), Total 280 (-8)
Angelo Que of Philippines Angelo Que of Philippines
I missed a lot of putts today. Didn’t help that I wasn’t hitting it as good. The wind was blowing kind of hard and it was coming from a different direction. Still no excuses. I wanted to finish under par. But unfortunately I didn’t. I was two over at one point and got it back to even. I guess I’m happy. Going back to Japan next week and then back to the Asian Tour. I have to keep on going, need to putt better the next few weeks. As of now, my confidence is not that high. I’ve got to be honest that the whole year has been rather non-stop for me. Hope to plan my schedule better next year.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi) – Final Round 70 (-2), Total 280 (-8)
I played well although I think I could have done better. I had wanted to perform better for the fans out here. I played great actually but I made two mistakes which I shouldn’t have. My two bogeys were from the center of the fairway and I was holding a wedge.
If I can take these (mistakes) away, it would have been a four-under round and I will be higher up there, maybe an easy top-10. Nevertheless, I’m still happy with where I stand right now. This is probably my best finish in this tournament so far!