WGC-HSBC Champions Rd 4: What they said

Sun 09 Nov 2014

WGC-HSBC Champions Rd 4: What they said

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Read what newly-crowned WGC-HSBC Champion, Bubba Watson together with the rest of the Asian Tour players had to say following the final round of the year's last World Golf Championship event in Shanghai.
Bubba Watson- Fourth round 70 (-2), Total 277 (-11)
It’s always been one of my goals to win outside the US, so this means a lot. I messed up on 17 with the bunker shot and then hit a perfect bunker shot on 18 - it's weird. Clark was in there tight and had a chance to win, but I holed it before he putted. The Chinese know how to run a golf tournament.  This is a special place. HSBC, they put their stamp on it, they have run a great golf tournament and are a great sponsor for golf.Walking to 18 after making double bogey, I knew that I still had a chance. Then it was one of those lifetime kind of shot. I didn't know how to react and so I just kind of screamed and I lost my voice a little bit.It means a lot to me to win outside the U.S as that's one of my goals for my career. To win a World Golf Championships, one of our premiere events, and again outside the U.S. is very special. I bogeyed the first hole after hitting two good shots I thought.  And then making some birdies on the front there and then a tough shot on 16 for me because of the way the lie was.  17, just a bad hole.  And then 18, hit it in the bunker and then out of nowhere holed it.  So when I messed up on 17 with the bunker shot and hit a perfect bunker shot on 18, it's weird.  You add that up and Clark was in there tight had a chance to win and I holed it before he putts.  And then again, same bunker, hit not quite as good a bunker shot but the putt was exactly how the first bunker shot was.  So I knew the break and I knew how fast it was and somehow it went in.
Anirban Lahiri- Fourth round 70 (-2), Total 288 (Even)
It was incredibly difficult yesterday but it was a little bit better today. The greens were slightly softer thanks to the rain yesterday. It wasn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination but today’s definitely better than yesterday. The pin positions were really tough yesterday and today. There were some tough ones and some accessible ones the first couple of days but they really tucked them into the corners the last two days and that’s why you can’t see the leaders breaking away. I got off to a good start today and I could have shot an even better number but I’m happy that I got the bogeys off the card on the front-nine. The back-nine was not as great as I had couple of lapse of concentration and dropped a few shots. But I think I played really well all week and didn’t putt well enough to get up there. I wouldn’t say I’m pleased with my performance as I came into this week playing some good golf. I’m still playing good golf but it’s just my short game and putting let me down this week. I’, still happy with the way my game is and I should have a good couple of weeks. All of us who are here are good enough to win this event but for that you got to show up and play your best game and have everything working.
David Lipsky (Usa) Fourth round 72 (Even) Total 295 (+7)
It was a great experience this week, having the opportunity to play against some of the best players in the world. I’m really enjoyed it. I found my game over the weekend and if it wasn’t for the wrong start, I would be okay. I’m still pleased with how it all turned out. It’s becoming pretty routine now it’s something you got to get used to (playing in high profile events like the WGC-HSBC Champions). This is my third year as a professional and it’s a big change from playing in college golf to something like this.
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) Fourth round 69 (-3), Total 291 (+3)
It was a tough week, to be honest. The course set-up was tough and the pin positions were difficult. I hit the ball well but couldn’t hole my putts. I’m glad I was able to catch up a little bit today but this is a course that can really get you and you need to be at the top of your game. I was not in the best of form this week but that’s golf. You cannot win every week. There will be some good weeks and some bad weeks. The future is bright for Asian golfers and it’s a matter of time before we have another Asian winner.