WHSM Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 23 Jun 2013

WHSM Rd 4 What They Said

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Pariya Junhasavasdikul (Tha) – Final round 70 (-1), Total 275 (-9)
I’m still shaking right now. I can’t describe the feeling. Like in Taipei (when he won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters in 2010), it just hit me when I was in the car heading to the airport. Walking down the last three holes, there was tremendous pressure.
I didn’t think about it (the last putt) too much. I saw Baek’s line was left to right, and Gavin had putted before me and they showed me the line which was half a ball outside the edge. It was a downhill putt and all I had to do was to put a good stroke in. Luckily, I didn’t feel any pressure then. I kept to the routine and got it over with.
It is very hard for me. It was an awkward situation. I didn’t know what to say to him (Baek). I was in the lead after he dropped a shot on 16. I knew I might be in the lead after he drove the ball into the right side of the course. Suddenly all the pressure piled on me because I didn’t know what to say to him. Should I go out there to tell him it is okay when it clearly isn’t? It is really tough to see your friend having a difficult time coming down the stretch.
He came to me to congratulate me and I was overwhelmed. I gave him a pat on the back at the score recording area and told him that it is okay. You played great and I’m sorry that happened to you. You will get your chance because you are a great player. You will come out on top one day.
Nobody can tell you how much pressure it is to lead by one shot from the first round up till the last. Last night, when I was in bed, I couldn’t sleep. I started thinking what would happen if I won. And then it hits me that I’ve not won it yet. I reminded myself that I still had to play 18 holes and it took the pressure off a bit.
I gave him (Gavin Green) a pat on the back (after Green called a ruling on himself on the 11th hole) and said that’s the true spirit of golf. I said if you didn’t call on yourself, no one would have known. What he did was commendable and in the true spirit of the game.
In two of three years, I won’t be able to match up with him (Green). I told him to starting buyin a house in the United States after his tee shot on the par five fifth green where he had a sand wedge into the green. I told him that he is looking at PGA Tour right now. There’s no such thing as stepping stone for him. He will be on the PGA Tour quicker than he thinks.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind) – Final round 68 (-3), Total 276 (-8)
I guess I have to wait a little longer for that win outside of India. I’m really happy with the way I played. It was good to be in this position last week as well although last Sunday was a different story. I learned from that. I stayed patient, kept my focus. I made a few mistakes out there but my temperament was much better out there than in the past. A lot of positives.
Good for Pariya. I’m happy that he’s won. He’s been struggling the last couple of years. He’s a good friend. Frankly if I wanted someone to win it apart from myself, it would be him.
On 18, I was not 100 % sure on the line. I thought it was pretty much straight, a double breaker. When I hit it, I thought I holed it. Maybe it ran out of speed and died left. These things are meant to be. It wasn’t today. I was happy with how I carried myself.
Front nine, I lost momentum on six and seven. Hit fairway on six and didn’t make birdie, and then made bogey on seven from the fairway. That was momentum lost. I thought if I could turn in three or four under, that would have given me the advantage over the leader group.
It’s not easy finishing up on 16, 17 and 18. I guess I lost the momentum there and also the three putt on 15 also cost me. But that’s golf. I gave it a go. I just misread it coming back.
I’m going to go back to India and play in a couple of weeks. I’m going to play as much as I can as I’m playing well. We’ll be busy after September.
I’ve been putting good with the short putter given that I missed a couple today. But I holed a lot of long putts than I have with the belly. Feeling a lot more comfortable with this under pressure, so you’ll find out what I’ll have in September.
Baek Seuk-hyun (Kor) – Final round 71 (Even), Total 277 (-7)
I know I can do it (win) but the timing and situation just didn’t work in my favour. I got tired and under pressure since number 15. I couldn’t hit my ball properly. It is a good experience for me. I will go back and keep fit and become healthier. I’m really happy because Pariya won it. He is my friend. I hope I can have another chance to win it.
I was leading by one and I don’t know how I shank my ball (16th hole). I made double and it was still alright. But on the 17, I just couldn’t hit the ball because my legs were shaking.
Namchoak Tantipokhakul (Tha) – Final round 65 (-6), Total 277 (-7)
My iron and putter were really good. I got off to a hot start, which was good. I hit my nine iron from the fairway to 170 yards which landed 10 feet. I practised very hard for a couple of months with Boonchu Ruangkit and Thaworn Wiratchant. This is a tough course. I’m not sure how I played so well!
Namchok Tantipokhakul of Thailand Namchok Tantipokhakul of Thailand
I changed equipment earlier this year and I gained extra distance this year. The equipment is very similar to the equipment I used when I almost won at the (2010) Black Mountain Masters.
Thaworn and Boonchu have been teaching me to improve on my course management and mental game. Previously, I get very angry on the golf course and I can never get into the right frame of mind after a bogey. I feel calmer and more relaxed now.
I’ve been training with Thaworn and Boonchu since January. I live in Chonburi but I moved to Bangkok just to train with the. We always find time to train during the weeks where we don’t have any events. We start off with hitting balls at the driving range followed by chipping and putting in the morning. Then we play a round of golf in the afternoon. In the event, we train on our fitness.
Gavin Green (Mas – am) – Final round 73 (-2), 280 (-4)
I mean I was pretty close up there on the first nine. Had a bad break on 10 when my ball ended behind a tree. On 11 my ball moved and I got penalized for that. Other than that, I played solid. I’m not pissed. It’s a good experience.
On 11, my tee shot was in the bunker and then I hit it out to about 10 feet. Then I addressed the ball and the ball moved backwards. Nobody saw it but I saw it myself. It was a penalty. There was no hesitation.
It stopped the momentum a little. I tried to restart but that’s golf. It’s not too bad.
I got a bad break on 10.  Hit a tree and dropped down and didn’t go down the slope. Hung on the slope against a branch. I couldn’t do anything. Just chipped out and tried to save par.
I’ve got to  try to play better when I make the cut. I played well all week. I can’t complain about that. I’ve got to practice more, practice more, especially on the short game. But I’m getting close to them (the pros).