WHSM Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 21 Sep 2014

WHSM Rd 4 What They Said

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Chapchai Nirat (Tha) – Final Round 68 (-3), Total 274 (-10)
My form has been good since Switzerland. Only my putting has been bad but every aspect of my game is good.
I didn’t think this day would happen, I didn’t think I have a chance to win. Golf is a game where you need to stay patient. I talked to my caddie that if I could keep my form, I felt I could get one win this year. I’m glad that this is the tournament where I won.
After I birdie 16, I had a two shot lead and thought I needed to make par on 17 and bogey 18. That was my strategy. But after I bogey 17 with a bad drive, with a one shot lead, 18 is a demanding hole and I needed three good shots to have a chance.
Worst case scenario was I bogeyed that hole and be in a play-off. I didn’t want to do anything stupid.
When I saw Antonio missing his second shot into the right of the green, I knew it would be hard for him to get an up-and-down. I had 200 yards to the pin and I wanted to hit it slightly over the green because it was easier to get up-and-down from there.
I felt a lot of pressure during the play-off. When I saw Antonio miss the putt, I knew I had the chance. It took the pressure off a bit.
After my last win, I had issues with my swing which related to my body weight of 120kgs. Now, I’m 93, so I can go back to the old swing. I had back problems when I was 120kg. I had to go a lot of treatment. Good eating and exercise.
The previous three wins were not in play-off so the emotions are different. Coming down 16, with a two shot lead, worse case was a play-off. I didn’t think I would be in that position. I’m glad I managed to pull through.
If there is a will, there is a way (when asked if he will win more titles after this win).
Chapchai Nirat of Thailand celebrates on the 18th green Chapchai Nirat of Thailand celebrates on the 18th green
Antonio Lascuna (Phi) – Final Round 63 (-8), Total 274 (-10)
The feeling was exciting. I was trying to win on the Asian Tour. I hit a good putt but the ball turned left. I saw the putt as a straight putt but it turned at the end. It was a good putt, good speed.
But still happy with a closing 63. Last week, I also came close in Taipei. I’m playing really good. My wife is giving me good support and recently I celebrated the arrival of my daughter, my second child. I’m happy. I’ll keep practising more, I won’t give up.
I won’t play next week as this was my sixth week in a row. My back needs a rest. I’ll come back for Mercuries and I’ll try again and then go to Hong Kong and Macau. I’m happy that I should qualify now for the CIMB Classic in Malaysia next month. 63 was really good. This is a tough course. On this course, you need to drive well.
To shoot eight under, I went wow. It’s the first time I’ve shot a low round on the Asian Tour. I’m happy.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind) – Final round 68 (-3), Total 276 (-8)
I really tried hard out there today. Didn’t putt very well and you can’t win tournaments if you don’t putt well. Really disappointed although I’ll finish third. Disappointed with yesterday with how it turned out which is a big let down for me. It’s still a good week and I’m still playing well. Next week would be a good week to win.
I’m playing well. There’s no doubt in my mind I’m playing well. I was very close to putting it together this week. I’ve just got to be careful with what I eat. I love the food in Japan which is usually quite healthy.
I thought when I birdied 17, I got to 9-under and if could birdie 18, that would give me a good chance. One of the good advantage on this course is if you post a total like Antonio, it puts a lot of pressure as 16, 17 and 18 is very difficult to play. I thought if I could join Antonio I would have a chance. But I missed the fairway on 18 and that’s a shot gone right there.