What They Said

Sun 31 Mar 2013

What They Said

SCOTT HEND (AUS) – FINAL ROUND 64 (-8), TOTAL 268 (-20)
At the start of the day I didn’t think I had much of a chance to win. I played with Prayad (Marksaeng) in the first two rounds and he was hitting the ball really well. He was putting extremely well. Six shots in front of me, I thought he would carry on his present form. I guess fortunately for me, he (Prayad) might have been a little bit tired after winning two weeks ago.

When I got into the fourth hole, I hit driver and five wood on the green and rolled in a 30-foot putt for eagle just after I bogeyed the third hole. From there I just played pretty solid golf and holed the putts which I missed on the first three days. I guess that was difference in my round.

This win is fantastic. I played great at Avantha Masters (India) and didn’t finish the job. I missed the cut in Malaysia so to come back and shoot 20-under sort of helps you believe in yourself that you still got the game and can hole the putts. I had Tony Carolan as my caddy and he is a former Asian Tour member. It is great to share this win with Tony because he is a great friend and will be forever.

I want to go back to see my two six-year-olds and my wife. I haven’t seen them since January. For the rest of the year hopefully I win another one or two titles on the Asian Tour. I’m trying to qualify for the CIMB and HSBC events so this is a good start for that.

The Asian Tour has been a fantastic place for me to be in. This is the Tour in the region and in my eyes it is the only Tour in the region. It is a fantastic breeding ground of the young players and the middle aged players such as myself. Everyone wants to come out and forge a good living and play in good tournaments and try to move to the next level. This is a great place to be and a place to play on.

My best form of defence is attack. I’m an aggressive golfer and I play better when I’m aggressive. I guess I’m just lucky that when I’m in position I make the birdies and give myself a chance to win. I guess all the cards fell into place for me.

The last five years for me have been amazing because of my children. I grew up in Australia but I get to experience all the culture in Asia. It is a massive learning curve for me. It is interesting to see all the different cultures in different countries and embracing the culture. I found it very enlightening and I’ve enjoyed it immensely.

Obviously, I want to play on the PGA Tour but I like playing here as well. I like the people and culture. It has been fantastic.


I played great today. The goal was to sneak into the top-5 to get into next week. That was all I was trying to do. Got going nicely and got into a position to win. That’s what we all want to do. Made a few putts. Yesterday, I shot level par which was disappointing. I gave myself a lot of chances but missed many chances. Today, I hit a few close early and made a couple of putts and kept building on that. Just kept heading in the right direction.

It’s my first Asian Tour event. Played nicely at home on the Sunshine Tour. I’m trying to get some status out here. Just trying to get the opportunity to play. Obviously I got the exemption this week and to take advantage of that and have a chance of winning was great.

I just like the idea of playing in Asia. I’m from Durban. I don’t mind the climate. I think the Asian Tour is growing in each and every year and it’s going to keep getting better.

I was disappointed to miss the Qschool by one shot. Won stage one and had two nightmare rounds in final stage which was quite tough. Hopefully this week is enough to get into next week and try to take advantage of my opportunities.


My irons were no good today. The second shots were always reaching the fringe on almost every hole.

On three, I hooked my tee shot and the ball ended in a divot. Didn’t have shot. On the seventh hole (where he double bogeyed), the ball was sitting on the second cut rough and I hit it too high and the wind caught the ball and it ended in the water. On nine, I rushed my par putt and missed it.

My feeling was okay when I started the final round. I’m not angry although I had a chance to win.

HU MU (CHN) – FINAL ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 273 (-15)

I set my goal at 15 under to win the tournament. The scores were better than I thought. I did my best. I stuck to my game plan. Today was such as slow start. I was even through nine. Made a terrible bogey on seven with a two iron from the fairway. I’d birdied the hole everyday. I still stuck to my game plan and it worked out well.

Back nine, I still missed birdied chances on every hole. They were all on the lips. I think I can play with the best players, Kiradech, YE, Ernie, Prayad, they are all here this week. If I can play my best, I can compete with them. I’ll play my next event in the Philippine event.

It’s a huge thing for me. I’m trying to get into the top-60. I failed to get my status at the Qschool and got a few sponsors’ invites to a few events and have managed to make a splash which is great.

ERNIE ELS (RSA) – FINAL ROUND 70 (-2), TOTAL 276 (-12)

Frustrating. Played well especially today but didn’t get anything out of the round. I’m hitting it nice again. I’m really glad I came. I’ve had a great experience in Chiangmai. People are just wonderful, course was good. I just wished I made more birdies.

I just wanted to play today, it was my last competitive round before the Masters. Mentally, I was going to do long putter at the Masters. I wanted to feel what it is like under a little bit of pressure.

Great guys. The guy I played with today, great little guy. Good game. Yesterday as well. I think the Asian Tour, the players are really good. It’s always good to come here.

I came here to get my swing here under control, which I think it did. Short game is not too bad, everything is kind of there. It’s just the confidence search.


Birdied 15 and 18. Didn’t putt very well. missed a short one on eight and missed a par save on nine. Missed a few short putts. Didn’t feel good with the putting. My putting speed was out. My line reading was a bit out. Overall a good week. Quite happy with how I held myself on the course. Icing on cake was two birds coming in. Looking forward to next week. I needed this week, really looking forward. A lot of excitement about next week. Don’t think I’m going to be nervous at 41 years old. Definitely like to enjoy the week.