#ThailandClassic Final Round: What they said

Sun 13 Mar 2016

#ThailandClassic Final Round: What they said

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Scott Hend (Aus) – Final round 68 (-4), Total 270 (-18) 
Flash Interview
Was there a point you thought I have won or were you surprised by how they all came at you?
“I wasn’t surprised at all. There are so many great players out here on the Asian Tur and obviously the European Tour as well. But for Piya to shoot 63 today was an amazing round of golf and he must have played extremely well all day. He set the score and the target and then I had to just try and keep making birdies to try and catch him. I learned from last year when I pushed too hard on the 17th here and lost my chance to win. So this year I knew I had to be patient and let the golf course come to me.”
Scott Hend of Australia Scott Hend of Australia
The last two tee shots were great?
“The two three woods I hit on the 18th were among the best three woods I have hit. Once I was on the green I knew that I just had to three putt somehow for the win. I hit a great drive on 17 and two putted for birdie which gave me the edge. This is a great win and I would love to try and kick on now and get another win, try and qualify for the Open and also try and get into the match play and see if I can do anything against the top 50 in the world.”
Press Conference
Second last year, champion now. How does it feel to win your eighth Asian Tour title and second European Tour win?
First off, sawardeekhrub, it’s a  pleasure to be here. Thank you for having us here in Thailand. To win this tournament, after last year’s disappointing finish and to get back into the winner’s circle in Europe and to stay in the winner’s circle in Asia, is extremely important to me and I’m very proud to win this title.
After last week’s show in Miami, how pleasing it is to bounce back the way you did here?
It proves that you can play the game. Some times you have an off week. Last week was extremely disappointing and somewhat deflating when I was there at that time. I knew that I was swinging the golf club pretty good. I was driving it good and holing a few putts. Maybe I was more patient this week and it all came together.
What were your thought process on the back nine when you saw Piya shooting up the leaderboard?
As you go through nine holes, I looked at the leaderboard and saw his name shooting up and wondered where he came from. He was obviously having a great round. Once he posted 17 under, I thought well we will have to try to make some birdies somewhere but we were not going to force the issue as if you try to force the issue on this course, you’ll be going to make bogeys which was what I did last year. That’s what I learnt last year. So I stuck to my game plan and it came together. Holed some nice putts coming down the stretch and managed to pip him by one shot.
Scott Hend of Australia Scott Hend of Australia
Talk to us about the drive on 17 and the two three woods on 18?
17 obviously was a crucial shot, obviously being tied for the lead and on that tee there, you hit a good tee shot you have a chance to get one in front. And on 18, it’s about not messing up the hole. Took a three wood off the tee to make sure I was short of the bunker and then smashed another three wood up the left and once it was on the green I just let myself go little bit and didn’t concentrate as hard as I had three putts to get the title. There was no pressure on me. I did what I have to do.
Your third or fourth win now into your 40s. What does that tell you?
That I’m still young ! (Laughter).
Piya Swangarunporn – fourth round 63, Total 271 (-17)
One of your best rounds?
“Today was one of the best rounds I have ever played. Everything about the game was good and it all came together for me.”
Where you excited as you came to the end of the round?
Thomas Pieters of Belgium Thomas Pieters of Belgium
“It was very exciting but I tried to stay calm and to keep making birdies.”
What does this do for your career and development?
“It is a big day for my career and I hope to play more big tournaments like this one in the future because this week has given me a lot of confidence.”
Thomas Pieters – fourth round 68, Total 273 (-15)
Reflections on the week?
“If you had told me at the beginning of the week that I would have finished third here then I would have taken it because I was very sick at the start of the week. It’s a good result and I can take some positives into next week but I have a long journey to go back the America to get to Bay Hill. I am looking forward to that. I drove the ball really well this week which was a huge positive. I also put a new putter in play this week and it kind of behaved itself so there are a lot of positives.”
You made a great start?
“I started quickly today but then I didn’t really make the putts when I needed to as the round went on. I came here to try and get into the Match Play and I have taken care of that so I can take confidence from the fact that I came here to achieve that and I have manged to do it.”
Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind) – Final round 67 (-5), Total 277 (-11)
How would you reflect on a nice week?
It’s been great to come back to this position. I’ve been working hard. I thought I found it at the Maybank Championship Malaysia but it’s taken a few weeks. At last it’s here. I’m happy with how it’s ended here, 11 under par in windy conditions. Hopefully it’s my first top 10 of the year and a lot more to come.
The signs were always there?
The game has been there and I putted really well this week, that’s why I shot the numbers I had this week. In this game, the most important thing is trust. After the first round, I found something in my putting and I rolled it beautifully the last three days.
How hard was it during the tough times?
You just have to keep your chin up and try every single day. I kept doing that. The last few weeks, I wasn’t doing good and I said “hey, I can’t let myself go down again like that and I just gave it a go and it worked out well.
Excited about next week (Hero Indian Open)?
For sure, playing in front of home crowd, there’s always going to be pressure but it’s good pressure so that you can perform better and prove yourself and please all the crowds that support you. It’s a good week to look forward to because I take a lot of positive from out of this week.
Talk about the venue?
I’ve played at Delhi Golf Club since the age of nine and it’s not changed. There’s a lot of history to it, it’s a course where you need a lot of patience and you need to be strong mentally. Some holes, you want to go for it but you have to make sure you keep it in play and make your pars and move on. The event is now part of the Asian Tour and European Tour which shows the event has moved up and the field is going to be excellent next week and I’m looking forward to it.
Is your game suited to that course?
I’m hitting it well and putting well. Looking forward to next week and hopefully it will be a good week again.