TGC Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 14 Dec 2014

TGC Rd 4 What They Said

  • SHARE
CHON_BURI_THAILAND_141214_LEE_WESTWOOD_005Lee Westwood (Eng) - Final Round 67 (-5), Total 280 (-8)
When I won the Thailand Golf Championship in 2011, I had a pretty big lead. But this win is obviously very special as it was a very tight day out there. I didn't get off to the best of starts having bogeyed the first two holes so I knew I had a lot of work to do. However, I started to hit lots of good shots after that. I hit it close and made some nice putts when I needed to.
My caddie, Billy told me there were opportunities to pick some shots up in the middle of the round after I made those two bogeys. I did that and didn’t drop anymore shots and gave myself lots of chance. This is my last event of the year and it’s nice to finish with a win and go into Christmas and start the New Year with confidence.
I know what ive got to work on and I'll be doing that over the next 6 weeks. I will then pick it up again at the Dubai Desert Classic at the end of January and then the Malaysian Open which I'm defending as well. I'm looking forward to some time off,  but I'm also looking forward to working on my game and getting back and picking up where I left off here.
Well I mean it must have been a different course as compared to 2011. I mean the 60 in the first round in 2011 is the best round of golf I've ever shot so you know its very difficult to tell. I remember it being firm and fast that week and there were a lot of low rounds, but certainly the rough is thicker this year than it was in 2011.
After the first two bogeys, I wanted to come out the blocks fast. It's obviously not the ideal start but I looked at the leaderboard and found myself only 4 behind when I walked onto the third green. I know I'm capable of making lots of birdies and hit it close when I need to so I just had to refocus, give myself a bit of a tatten up, get over it and try to get going from there.
I didn't play the 3rd, 4th, and 5th that well either, but had some nice par saves from 4 or 5 feet, but then the 6th I found my swing and kept going from there.
It was pretty close out there and you can tell from cheers what’s going on behind. I knew Marcus was making a few birdies around the front 9, and the turn, and a few things put me about 3 behind so I needed a couple birdies, but it's a tough thing. It was tough on the last 3 holes.
I also enjoy coming to Thailand. I always enjoy playing in this tournament, The hotel they put us in is phenomenal. The way they set the golf course up is by far the hardest golf course I have ever played in Asia. It was a really tough set up and I thought the way I played today was like the Old Lee Westwood.
I'm heading back to florida tonight and I will take a few weeks off, get in the gym a bit, come back out strong and fit and ready to go.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind) - Final Round 73 (+1), Total 285 (-3)
I’m obviously very disappointed with how I played today. There are a lot of posivites there for me and I was struggling on my game today. At least for my consolation I earned a spot at The Open next year. That would put some balm on my wounds. I’ve had a great year and I have a lot to look forward to.
It has been fantastic for both of us (with Lipsky). We both fought and battled it out really hard. It is a huge thing for David to win the Order of Merit after becoming the first Asian Tour member to win at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland. He deserves everything he will get for winning the Order of Merit.
I’ll be back and winning the Order of Merit is definitely one of those things I want to do in my career.
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) - Final Round 68 (-4), Total 285 (-3)
I played very good round and it was solid. I hit a lot of greens and made some good putts. I made only one bogey so it was a good round. It was quite easy today because the wind wasn’t blowing as hard as it was the previous three days. Top-five or top-10 is a good result to me. I’ve played a lot of golf this year and I’m looking forward to a holiday!
David Lipsky (Usa)– Final Round 75 (+3), Total 294 (+6)
David Lipsky of the USA David Lipsky of the USA
It has been an up and down year for me and this week is a perfect example. I thought I was playing well but ended up in 38th place. Overall the year has been good and reflecting back on it, I couldn’t have been more proud of what I’ve accomplished.
This win means a lot to me and I’m feeling a lot of pride. This is something which I aspired to do. Winning a co-sanction event and doing all this in one year is something which was unexpected because I did it so fast but now I know that if I play well, I can compete against the best. Hats off to Anirban because he has played phenomenal and I know he is tired after playing in so many events.
Each and every year my goal is to become a better player. Improvement isn’t a straight line. You have ups and downs but this Order of Merit win is something I will always cherish.  I’ll think about my goals after I’ve enjoyed this a little bit longer!
Unfortunately for Anirban but it was fortunate for me that it went my way. It was a good fight with Anirban towards the end. I’m just growing every year as a player and as a person.