SO Rd 4 - What They Said

Sun 16 Mar 2014

SO Rd 4 - What They Said

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Richard T. Lee (Can) – Fourth Round 69 (-2), Total 277 (-7)
It feels great. It was a learning experience for me on the Asian Tour last year. I met some great people like Angelo Que, Unho Park and Lam Chih Bing. They are good players and I learnt a lot from them.
This year I had a different mind-set. I practised a lot on my putting and chipping. My game feels great now and I know exactly what I want I want to do on the golf course.
To be honest, I felt like I was in contention for the first three days. I shot under-par each day and I knew that if I can came out on the last day to play the way I did then I would have a chance to win.
Yes, I was looking at the leaderboard out there! When I made birdie on 12, I told myself that if I can make one more birdie then I can make it happen. The 25 footer birdie on the 15th hole was a great and solid putt. I think that birdie made me win the tournament.
My game was solid for the whole week. The wind was strong and it is a challenging golf course. This is the strongest wind I’ve ever played in my life. I didn’t do much changes to my game despite the wind.
Chawalit Plaphol (Tha) – Fourth Round 70 (-1), Total 278 (-6)
Richard T. Lee of Canada Richard T. Lee of Canada
My driving was very good on the front nine but my putting was bad. I missed a few short putts but played good on the back. I need to be a bit more lucky to win a tournament. The wind was definitely stronger today.
I was watching the leaderboard after 13 holes and I saw that I had a chance but I couldn’t sink my putts. It is very difficult to win a golf tournament if you do not have luck.
I had about a 35-feet putt on the last and that almost went in. I had so many long putts that almost went into the hole. This is golf for you. My game is good so hopefully the win will come soon.
Masahiro Kawamura (Jpn) – Fourth Round 65 (-6), Total 280 (-4)
I was very lucky! I had a lot of good putts and made about 12 one putts which was why I played so well. This is a really good golf course and I like it but it is very challenging when the wind picks up.
I played early in the morning (10th tee at 7am) and the wind was not as strong as it is now. For nine holes, the wind was okay but it started to blow on my back nine.
Angelo Que and Miguel Tabuena are good players. After the third round (tied 35th) I obviously didn’t think I would have a chance to be on top the leaderboard so I’m glad that I made a huge move.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi) – Fourth Round 76 (+5), Total 281 (-3)
It is always a bad feeling when you lose it like this. I learnt a lot of things especially from Angelo (Que). He hit it out of bounds three times on the second hole but he stayed positive. I know I will learn from this experience.
I was eight-over after 11 holes and it is probably the worst score I have ever shot here. I told myself not to stress myself out because I’m only 19. I made three birdies on 14, 16 and 17 and I’m very proud of that.
It is pretty nerve wracking when you are playing in your home country especially with the crowd. You can’t learn experience, but you have to go through it. I’m sure I will become better because of this.
Angelo Que (Phi) – Fourth Round 82 (+11), Total 286 (+2)
I can’t take my round back. It is a lesson learnt from me. I feel bad because I had a chance to win but blew it on one hole. These things happen. That’s golf and life. All you can do is look back and see what you’ve learnt and move on. I just had one bad day. Everybody has bad days. Unfortunately for me, it is just one bad hole.
I’ve experienced worse than this. I’ve had slumps before and gotten back on my feet. It is just one day for me. I’m going to take a rest next week and play a local event after that. I want to get ready for the Maybank Malaysian Open. Playing good there will be a better result for me.
I had three bad shots in a row on number two. Unfortunately there was an OB (out of bounds) on the left. I’ve always had a hard time on that hole. I hit more out of bounds on that hole than on the fourth hole which is more difficult. It is just one hole, I will get over it.
I hit the ball pretty good, although the wind and my putting didn’t help me. Every time I was about to putt, the wind blew and I had to step back. That’s golf, you can’t win them all and you can’t hit it good all the time.
Since last year, I’ve always been knocking on the door. All I have to do is play four good rounds and avoid the one big mistake. I’ve been making a lot of mistakes in the third or fourth rounds. I’m almost there. I’ll work with my coach and move on.
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