#VenetianMacaoOpen Rd 4 - What they said

Sun 16 Oct 2016

#VenetianMacaoOpen Rd 4 - What they said

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Sunday, October 16 
Pavit Tangkamolprasert (Tha) – Final Round 64 (-7), Total 268 (-16)
– Winner via play-off with a birdie on 18 hole against Anirban Lahiri.
I’m very excited. I had a good round but Anirban had a very strong finish. I didn’t think I would be in a play-off but I got lucky as Anirban hit his second shot into the water which made my game a bit easier. All the hard work paid off this week.  I didn’t think about who I was playing with. I just played my best, that’s all. This trophy, everything, all the Thai people, this week, I give my life to the king of Thailand.
Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand
This win, I was nervous today. I didn’t think about winning because I don’t even have Asian Tour status. I’ve played only five so far and I just wanted to play my best. My plan was to play well in the ADT to get my Asian Tour card. But this win will now give me a two year exemption. This will give me a good chance to play all the events for the next two years.
I didn’t see the scores on the back nine as there was no leaderboard. I didn’t see any score and my caddie just told me to focus on my own game and my own score.
All the Thai players are very sad this week after hearing the news back home. The king is our inspiration this week, our life and this trophy is for the king, I dedicate this win to the king.
My game is very good recently. After three days, I was in a good position to win and I knew I could do it. I wanted to play solid and just play my game. With luck, I knew I could do it.
I didn’t plan to play on the Asian Tour this year, now I’ll play everything and try my best to keep myself in the top-60 every year. Previously, on my country exemption, it’s difficult to get into the top-60. You have to win or play good. This will give me a lot of confidence to play on the Asian Tour.
I won five Asian Development Tour events so far, it’s a big difference from this week. Experience helps. Every time I won, I kept my focus. I went to Japan last week and played in the Qschool, the conditions were narrow and windy which was same as this week. I played solid last week and it helped with my confidence for this week.
Anirban Lahiri of India and Chikkarangappa of India Anirban Lahiri of India and Chikkarangappa of India
Anirban decided to go first in the play off and he pulled his driver left. At that time, my caddie just told me to hit my driver 100 percent and to find the fairway. I didn’t know his second shot ended in the water after he hit. When I walked up, I saw him in the water and then I could relax a bit as I hit my second shot good towards the green. Par was okay to win and it was a bit lucky and my third shot was a lot more relaxed.
I saw Lahiri’s score only on the 18th hole. There were no big leaderboards on the back nine but I saw the crowds clapping on 17 as I knew he made the putt. I just focused on my game, had one hole to go and I told myself I’m going to birdie this.
I was very relax as I had nothing to lose in the play-off. My caddie, my mum and dad text me to say I had nothing to lose. Kiradech send me a message to say “Come on, you can do it” and that was a big motivation for me.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind) – Final Round 65 (-6), Total (-16)
I’ve been trying to get some momentum going all week and get some rhythm all week but it’s been a struggle. I’ve had to fight my swing all week but on the back nine I told myself that if I could get through 12 and 13 and make a couple of birdies, the back nine is always a bit dicey. I was hoping to get within touching distance and giving him a bit of a scare and put pressure on him.
Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand
One of the things that didn’t help me was there was no leaderboards on the 16 and 17. If he had saw I had caught up and I was two back, on the 17the tee, it would be a harder shot. If he’s thinking he’s four ahead, it’s easier for him to play the last two holes. He only saw the leaderboard when he got to the 18th hole.. That for me worked against me. I was trying to put pressure on him but I couldn’t because he didn’t know I had caught up with him.
It’s been a struggle the last few months but I can’t say I’m playing my best golf either. But when it comes down to getting it done, you go into these trains of mind and you don’t see anything else but the bottom of the cup. Today was like that. It was similar when I shot 11 under here two years ago and similar when I won the Malaysian Open last year down the stretch.
I got really quick. On the tee shot, I was happy I won the toss and I wanted to go first and put it on the fairway. I think I rushed into that and I was trying to lay up but the rough wasa bit thick. It caught the ball and I pulled it left. I didn’t even think of the hazard being there on the left side. I guess that was unfortunate to finish like that. I’m happy with the way I played the back nine but disappointed that I finished second again.
Hats off to Pavit. Even in the playoff he played solid and he played solid all day. I wish I could have put more pressure on him. I didn’t everything in my power but sometimes it doesn’t happen for you.
Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei
Chikkarangappa S. (Ind)
Overall, it was okay. I didn’t hit my tee shots that good today. I was hitting all over the place but I managed to hang in there and kept making birdies. Just lost some momentum on 11 again, making that bogey. I hit some good putts but didn’t expect it to be like that. I can take some positives from this, I really learned even more.
I was there with them. Some bad three putts made me go the wrong way. Otherwise, I played the best and I think I need to focus on the things I’m doing. There are times, putts fall and sometimes, they don’t and I’ve got to look at them at a positive way. I’m sure something is coming to me soon.
I’ve never seen any finish like that before. I know how strong Anirban is in the head. He had a bad start with some bad tee shots on the front nine but the way he came back, that was amazing. He just changed the whole momentum. He kept making birdies, looking at it, he was amazing.
This week, I’m playing the best and I was going to finish well. I just fell three shots back. Next time, I’ll try to make sure I’ll make it.
Chan Shih-chang (Tpe)
Today, my back nine was perfect. Hit a four under there and first nine, I had many tries but my putting speed wasn’t good. The leaders were also too far in front. If I could hit four or five under in the front nine, that would have been good but I didn’t hole enough putts.
I’m looking forward to next week. It’s a good chance for me. It’s very exciting as there are many superstars there. I’m happy. I’ve never played at TPC KL previously so it’s my first time at the venue.
Maybe I will have a chance for the Order of Merit. Next week is a big tournament. My game is feeling good. My attitude changed and my putting has also improved. I changed my grip, previously, my right hand was lower but I now my left hand is down, it’s like Jordan Spieth. I changed it before the King’s Cup which I won and I’ve used it every since. It’s working and I won’t change.