#ThailandClassic Rd 4: What they said

Sun 15 Feb 2015

#ThailandClassic Rd 4: What they said

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Hua Hin, Thailand, February 15: Read what leading contenders have to say following their final round at the inaugural True Thailand Classic prsented by Black Mountain.
Andrew Dodt – Final Round, Five-under-par 67 (Total -16)
What are your thoughts of winning this event?
There are no thoughts at the moment. I’m speechless. I played well. I got off to a good start today, hung in there during the middle, tried to make pars on the tougher holes. I knew 17 and 18 were downwinds and I thought if I could birdie one of those and get to -17. Unfortunately I couldn’t but -16 was good enough. The field between the Asian Tour and European Tour is really strong and you’ve got to play really good golf.
The three birdies really got you going?
Yes, that was out of nowhere. I was really switched on as I wanted to get off to a fast start. Those three birdies really kept the momentum going and I hung in after that. The winds picked up on the back-nine and it got pretty tricky towards the end there and then tried to play as sensibly as I could.
This must be an emotional victory.
Losing my card on the European Tour was probably a good thing two years ago because it really knocked me down, made me work harder and want to do well again. I done that towards the end of last year and that form has carried over to the start of this year.
How special is this win compared to your first one in India?
I was playing well in India as I finished second in New Zealand before that. I guess that when I’m form, I like to ride the wave and you got to try to make the most of it because there are not many weeks in the year where we do and are at the top of our game. You just got to make the best of it.
You started your career on the Asian Tour and you’ve definitely come a long way.
I’ve no doubts that playing on the Asian Tour has help me a lot in my career. I love Asia. I started my professional career in Asia and I always got a soft spot playing on the Asian Tour. I went to Q school in 2007, got my card there and been on the Tour ever since. It’s one of the best Tours to play on. It really is. The people are nice and friendly and it’s a good mix of golfers playing there.
Thongchai Jaidee – Final Round, One-under-par 71 (Total -15)
Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand
Final thoughts on the week?
Overall I played well but I made some mistakes with the club selection especially on 13 where I double-bogeyed. The pin positions were tough especially on the back-nine. I three-putted on 16 and 18. I tried my best and it’s okay I finished second. Andrew was a deserving winner as he put up a great performance. I’ll try again the next time.
What was going through your mind when he stepped up to the green on 18?
The pressure was on me then. I did not putt well there. I didn’t stroke the ball hard enough and didn’t read the line well. But it was a good effort and I enjoyed the great support from the home crowd.
 
Scott Hend of Australia Scott Hend of Australia
Scott Hend (Aus) Final round 72 (total -15)
Well I pressed for the win on 17 and got a bit aggressive with my bunker shot, and I finished one shot behind. I came here to try to win. I thought Dodty was going to make birdie on 18 and I was only 15 under, so I thought I had to play an aggressive bunker shot. Unfortunately I caught it a little too clean and bogeyed the hole.
But all in all it was a good solid week and there are a lot of positives to take out of it. It’s good to see Dodty winning, fantastic. Obviously I wish it was me standing there winning, but congratulations to him. Obviously he’s played well over the weekend and all credit to him.
There are a few things that I’ll sit down and discuss with my caddie, things I did incorrectly, and hopefully next time we can solidify it and walk off the last green as the champion. You have to analyse, it’s your job.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Final Round Two-under-par 70, Total -14)
I'm happy to make a comeback after the disappointment of missing the cut in Malaysia last week. I knew I had an outside chance of winning this tournament but made two bogeys and fell out of contention. But that's golf. You cannot win all the time. This finish is a big boost to my confidence and I know I can only get better.
Ends.