#SingOpen Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 22 Jan 2017

#SingOpen Rd 4 What They Said

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Sentosa, Singapore, January 22: Read what players have to say following the final round of the SMBC Singapore Open on Sunday.
Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand
Prayad Marksaeng (Tha) – Final Round 67 (-4), Total 275 (-9)
This is my 10th win on the Asian Tour. I am very happy because I feel like I have done my country proud. I am thrilled to earn a spot in The Open too. I hope I can make my country proud again by securing a good result at Royal Birkdale.
Before I come to Singapore, I received a lot of support and encouragement from my friends and family back home in Thailand. They have a lot of confidence that I will play well this week. I am very thankful for their support.
I waited in the clubhouse for about two hours before I knew I won the tournament. I felt very relaxed, didn’t think too much and just went for my lunch. I watched how the other players played on TV too. I told myself I didn’t need to feel nervous as I have already finished my round. If it belongs to me, it belongs to me.
I am turning 51 on the 30th of January. This will be the best birthday present for me.
Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand
I am very happy with my birdie on the last. It was a really long putt, about seven feet. I am glad I made it. I am happy that I managed to finish my round before the rain suspension. I don’t like having to wait for play to resume actually. It’s too slow for me. I like to play fast.
Last year I played in the same group as Jordan Spieth and I had to return on Monday to finish my putt as well. However, I missed my par putt and settled for bogey on the last, signing for a 76 to finish in tied-49th position. It’s definitely much better for me this year.
I remember one year I managed to finish all four rounds but half of the field did not finish and they decided to shorten the tournament to three rounds. It was really a waste because I played really well that day.
This is my first event for 2017. I am very pleased with my result. It’s a good start to the year. I practiced a lot before coming here. I changed my whole set of irons and putter. I started changing my equipment last year actually but haven’t quite got the form. I am glad to gain some good form this week.
Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand
Phachara Khongwatmai (Tha) – Final Round 71 (even-par), Total 276 (-8)
This is my first year playing on the Asian Tour with a full card. Playing in my first event of the year, I am extremely pleased with my top-five result. I am happy with how I finished the round.
It has been a tough week with the rain delays and all. My short game wasn’t as good today but I am happy with my even-par score. I didn’t think about winning. I just stay focused on my game. I am playing against myself, not other players.
Juvic Pagunsan (Phi) – Final Round 70 (-1), Total 276 (-8)
I came so close again at the Singapore Open. I missed an opportunity on the 16th hole. I missed it on the right side and it was a big mistake. I bogeyed 12 and 13. Those were tough holes. I made mistakes with my tee shots as well. It will be an honour to play in The Open.
Younghan Song (Kor) – Final Round 69 (-2), Total 276 (-8)
The conditions were not so great today but I gave myself some opportunities out there. Unfortunately I missed the opportunity on the last to force a play-off. But it’s alright. I only felt the pressure one day before the tournament started actually. I think I handled the pressure well. I learnt a lot from this week. I am happy with my result still and hopefully I can bring forward my good form into Myanmar next week.
Jbe Kruger of South Africa Jbe Kruger of South Africa
Jbe Kruger (Rsa) – Final Round 69 (-2), Total 276 (-8)
It’s amazing. I think this is the best tied-runner-up position that I have ever had. I am very excited to play in The Open this July. It will be my second time. I last played The Open in 2012.
It’s always a miracle week here in Singapore. I love this course and it’s definitely inside my top-three list of golf courses in the world. It’s one of those courses that you have to play well from tee to green.
I tried my best and didn’t think much about winning. I haven’t been striking the ball well for the last couple of weeks.
Adam Scott (Aus) – Final Round 74 (+3), Total 278 (-6)
I gave myself some chances but I had a couple of bad swings on 15 obviously. I will take about three weeks off before playing in the United States. It’s great to come back to play in Singapore this week. The course is looking so good. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was lovely putting on these beautiful greens.
Ends.