#TaiwanMasters-Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 04 Oct 2015

#TaiwanMasters-Rd 4 What They Said

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Taipei, October 4: Read what players have to say following the final round of the US$650,000 Mercuries Taiwan Masters on Sunday.
Danny Chia (Mas) – Final Round 73 (+1), Total 285 (-3)
It’s been only 13 years (laughs). I felt really touched when I sank that winning putt but now, I am overwhelmed with joy. Actually, this win didn’t feel like a brand new start to my career. The time when I felt like I started anew was when I returned to competitive golf about a year after my neck surgery in 2013.
It’s been one year since my return and I am very pleased to win on the Asian Tour again. I didn’t have much confidence with this golf course so I didn’t expect to win. It is the same when I led day one and it’s still the same now that I have won. I feel like I’ve won Liang but not this golf course.
Having played here so many times, I knew you can’t play well under pressure, especially on the greens. I always like coming to Taiwan and I’m even surer that I will come back again after this win. I have many friends here. It’s always nice to be here and I enjoy it a lot, perhaps because I’ve won here before too.
Reflecting on my win in Chinese Taipei 13 years ago, I thought I was pretty lucky. I remembered I was among the first few groups to tee off and it wasn’t that windy. I played really good on the final day to win. But this time round, I thought I controlled my game really well the whole week, especially my mental game.
I think that’s the key for my victory today. After the surgery, I tend to refrain from pushing myself too hard when it comes to physical trainings. Like this year, I haven’t focused much to practicing. I put more focus on physio and working out in the gym. I tell myself to play my best every week and not focusing too much on the scores.
I was really nervous heading into the last five holes. I tried to tell myself not to think too much and just focus on every shot, but I can’t help feeling nervous out there. I thought my hands were shaking but I am actually shaking inside my heart. I started to feel nervous when I bogeyed the 11th. I know I’m heading into the end of the round and I must focus but I still felt nervous and I thought of my win 13 years ago.
I couldn’t sleep last night actually. It’s been so long since I won. I told myself not to think about it but I can’t control. But having said that, I might be too happy to fall asleep tonight! I tried to play aggressively on the back nine but I can’t seem to get it onto the greens. I didn’t play well on the back nine. It was a bit of a mess but I managed to stick to my game and not give Liang any chances out there. I’m glad my mental game held up today.
Liang Wen-chong (Chn) – Final Round 76 (+4), Total 287 (-1)
It was a disappointing end to the week. I thought I had a chance when I birdied the 15th and closed the gap to within one shot from Danny but I ended the round with three straight bogeys. Having said that, it has been a great week for me.
I really enjoyed myself out here, catching up with my friends, who has been making me feel at home this week. I want to thank them for the great hospitality. It’s my first time playing in this tournament and I will take the second-place finish. I am also very happy for Danny!
Even though Danny got off to a strong start, I didn’t panicked because I know anything can happen as long as play hasn’t finish. That didn’t really affect my game. I enjoyed my game out there. It was great playing with Danny. I haven’t played with him for a long while and he played really good today. He has persevere for so long and he deserves the win.
I won my first title in Japan this season and the game’s feeling good coming into this week. A second place finish will boost my rankings on the Asian Tour as well. This will set me in good position for the next few weeks of tournaments in Japan and on the Asian Tour. I definitely hope to win if I have the opportunity but I will take home the positives from this week and hopefully, I can win again soon.
My aim is to finish the season inside top-60 to secure my Asian Tour card for next year. With this finish, I think I have a good chance now. It will put me in good position to try and qualify for the Olympics as well. I know it’s still a long way to go but securing the Asian Tour card is what I have to do this year so as to give myself the chance next season.
Rashid Khan (Ind) - Final Round 76 (+4), Total 289 (+1)
It was a disappointing round. I didn't play well and my putting was off. I could've finish much better if I can putt better. It's been a learning week for me. It's my first time here and with a tied-third finish, I have no complaints. This finish should boost my Order of Merit rankings quite a bit, which is good. I'm looking forward to the next couple of tournaments already.
Unho Park (Aus) - Final Round 70 (-2), Total 290 (+2)
This is the second time I finished top-five in this tournament. I'm very happy with how I played. I remembered after I finished inside top-five last year, I went on to cap a few more top-10s in the remaining of last season. I hope it will be the same this year. Hopefully this will set me in a good shape heading into the upcoming tournaments. I was sitting on the bubble on the Order of Merit but  this finish should boost my rankings quite a bit.