#VenetianMacaoOpen What they said

Sun 18 Oct 2015

#VenetianMacaoOpen What they said

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Scott Hend (Aus) – Final round 66 (-5), Total 264 (-20)
Feel relief and rewarded as I’ve worked hard the last few weeks in Europe. And relief for my caddie Tony (Carolan) as it’s his birthday today.
I knew Anirban wasn’t going to go away. He’s a great player and I just went out there with the aim to shoot a good score as I knew they had to catch me.
Last year, I won in Hong Kong and then lost here in the last hole. I don’t know, I’ll be happy to play solid again next week.
I can’t really remember much about 2013 (win). I remember more about last year where I didn’t play solid down the stretch and Anirban got me. So this year, it is a different feeling.
It’s just as hard for them to catch me as it is for me to keep ahead of them. If I just do what I do, play golf, they have to make the shots up. If I make birdies, they’ll have to make the shots up and the pressure is on them.
The eagle last night put a bit of buffer. To make birdie would have been great but to make eagle was fantastic as it is an extra shot and puts a bit less pressure with an extra shot.
We just tried to play solid, no stupid mistakes. Around this course, you’ll have a time where you can struggle. Just tried to make the right choices and not put any pressure on myself and let Anirban have a sniff. I was concerned about Anirban as once he gets a sniff it’s pretty hard to get in front of him.
Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
This week feels different than two years ago. To hold on to the lead, to play bogey free and to end up as the champion feels very satisfying.
It took a little while to learn the grass, the golf course and where the wind comes from. It’s a learning experience and I think I’m not too bad at it.
I wasn’t thinking about the gap between Anirban and myself. I was just trying to think of making a solid par. The holes on nine, 10 and 11 are crucial holes here and if you can play those in even par or one under, it sets up the rest of the holes for you. Anirban hit a great shot into 10 and made birdie and fortunately for me, I made a great up and down on 10 and 11. From there, I felt I could move forward and play solid.
To be a defending champion of any tournament is a great feeling. It means you’ve done the hard work to win the tournament in the first place. Hong Kong, it’s going to be different as the crowds there are pretty vocal. You’ve got a lot of expats there and they love to get into it. It’s a tournament that is very steeped in tradition. We’ll get on with the hard work next week.
Kumar played amazing golf for a guy who hasn’t got a full card. His golf this week was amazing and hopefully he can get an invite into next week’s tournament. He played very good.
Carigh Kumar of India Carigh Kumar of India
Chiragh Kumar (Ind) – Final round 65 (-6), Total 267 (-17)
I played a really good round apart from the blemish on the 16th hole. Hit a good first putt and ran too far by as I was trying to get closer to Scott. I guess second place is not too bad. I needed this finish, wanted to get my card back and it opens up a bit for me now for next year.
Honestly, on this course, with Scott’s length, it would have been tough to catch him. I did get off to a good start. Had I made one or two more putts early on, I would have put some pressure on him. He played really good.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind) – Final round 66 (-5), Total 267 (-17)
I can’t be disappointed. I played well today barring a couple of really silly mistakes on the back nine, I played really good. All credit to Hendy. He played phenomenal golf. I was telling him that anytime you shoot a bogey free five under when you’re leading by three, you’re not going to get caught very often. He’s earned this win.
I’m also very happy to see how well Chiragh played.It’s a big year for him, he’s become a dad. He lost his card last year and he’s won so many times India. He’s just showed today that he can play under the gun when it really matters as he had a lot to play for. It was really impressive to see how he handled himself, including the putt on the last. I’m happy for him and hopefully he wins on the Asian Tour soon. He nearly won the Indian Open a few years ago so he can get it done.
I expect Hendy to make those putts (including on 10). I felt I could catch him. I didn’t make a putt on 11 and then I dropped a silly shot on 12, got unlucky with the drive and on 16, I shot myself in the head. I picked the wrong sprinkler head and picked myself a wrong yardage, so you don’t make a mistake like that at that stage of the event. I played decent all week. Nothing to feel bad about.
I should have brought a different lob wedge out for this week. I carried two wedges for most of the year but I decided to commit to the one with more bounce which is the one I’ve been using in the States. In Bermuda, you need slightly different and I was ruing that I didn’t have it.