What They Said

Sun 24 Feb 2013

What They Said

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CHAWALIT PLAPHOL (THA) – FINAL ROUND 69 (-3), TOTAL 270 (-18)
I’m quite happy but a first win in two years is not enough! I want to win more Asian Tour titles. I knew at the 17th hole that Mithun was on 17-under. Luckily, I managed to hole a 15-feet birdie putt to tie for the lead.
It wasn’t smooth for me during the front nine because I was trying to force myself to play safe. I gave myself a bit of pressure and it felt better on the back. This win gives me more confidence to play on the Asian Tour because I have a two-year winner’s exemption (which starts from 2014) on the Asian Tour.
I can play without much pressure now but I’ll aim to finish inside the top-10 of the Order of Merit. My game is on track. I just need to work on my iron for the rest of the year.
20130224604090326306_260MITHUN PERERA (SLK) – FINAL ROUND 65 (-7), TOTAL 271 (-17)

All you need is one good week to turn your life around. I feel my time is coming soon. Chawalit make two good birdies on 17 and 18 to win so this is definitely his week to win. I try my best in every tournament and I think the win is not far away.
I feel that I’ve grown a lot since last year. I have good and accurate tee shots. My putter is good as well. I do lack in distance off the tees but the win will come. I have a chance to win on the shorter courses like the Delhi Golf Club. My accuracy is the highlight of my game. All I need now is a bit of luck.
I’m sure my father and my country are proud of me. This week, I flew the Sri Lankan flag high. There’s no disappointment for me.
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT (THA) – FINAL ROUND 70 (-2), TOTAL 272 (-16)
I played good this week. I couldn’t make a putt on the front nine but tried hard. I think the key moment for me was when I birdied 15 to tie for the lead. Again, I couldn’t make birdie putts in the last three holes. It was still a good attempt from me.
QUINCY QUEK (SIN) – FINAL ROUND 67 (-5), TOTAL 274 (-14)
I’m very happy with my performance for the first event of the year. I got off to a hot start with two early birdies and was four-under at the turn. If more putts went in I would have been lower but there’s always ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ in golf and I took my score gratefully.
I tried to go further in the back nine but it was a bit of a struggle. I wasn’t as sharp and dropped a shot on 13 but managed to pull back a birdie on the next. I was lucky to birdie the last hole. That was a bonus. It was a 20 footer going up hill. I didn’t expect to hole that putt.
I was six shots back before the round. When I won my first Asian Development Tour (ADT) event I was six shots back as well. But I told myself that I’ll take whatever that comes my way. The guys ahead of me are all really good players and have won before. I just want to go out there and do my thing. I’m pleased that I was able to come back during the weekend. Normally I would fall back but this time around I’m happy with my five-under.
There are a lot of positives to bring forward. It is nice to be in contention every time you play. You learn a lot when playing with Thaworn. This tournament alone I chipped in three times (round 1, 2 and 3) so a bit of Thaworn magic there!
HU MU (CHN) – FINAL ROUND 73 (+1), TOTAL 281 (-7)
It was disappointing. I had a good start and never capitalized. I pretty much shot a worst score as the week progressed and that doesn’t make you feel good. Despite that, I’m quite happy I could stick to my game plan even though I didn’t shoot good scores. I’m going to keep it that way and hopefully my game will come together next week (The Open Championship International Final Qualifying – Asia).