#YeangderHeritage Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 30 Apr 2017

#YeangderHeritage Rd 4 What They Said

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Shiv Kapur (Ind) – Final Round 64 (-8), Total 272 (-16)
This win means a lot to me. Honestly tt hasn’t sunk in yet because I’m still in a bit of a daze. It has been a frustrating last couple of years so it is nice to be back where I belong. There are so many good talents on the Asian Tour and it is getting harder and harder to win each year. To win the way I did is just very satisfying.
There is a certain calmness on the golf course. It think that helped me and it also helped because I was not playing in the last group. That gave me an opportunity to just go and make birdies. I looked at the leaderboard on the 17th hole and I was already 15-under and two ahead.
I came close on 17 and hit a great drive and second shot on the 18th hole. I had a downhill seven feet birdie putt on the last and made that. I can look back and say I did this right but you need some luck to win.
I really struggled last year. I came back from a liver surgery in September and was lying on a hospital bed. It was frustrating because you couldn’t play. Now I’ve come back after six months and to win the way I did is satisfying. When you are away from the game, it gives you doubts about yourself especially when things are not going your way. This win comes at the right time.
It has been a long time since I won on the Asian Tour. I won on the Challenge Tour in 2013 and some on the local circuit. My first win came in 2005 in my rookie season. It has been such a long wait but you tend to appreciate it more. You will have questions and doubts from yourself and other people but I answered those questions more to myself than anybody else with this win.
After you haven’t won for so long, you might think that the best is behind you. When I first won I was in my early 20s as well and the older guys were chasing me down. Now I’m the old guy! I played with Gavin Green in the third round and I can’t talk enough about what a great player he is. Today I played with two young Thai players so there are a lot of talent on the Asian Tour.
It is becoming harder and harder to win. The young kids come into tournaments to win. They come through the ADT system and that’s such a great platform for them to learn how to win. When they come out on the Asian Tour, it is not a big surprise to them anymore.
The joint sanctioned events with the European Tour gave me the opportunity to play on the European Tour. I played there for 10 years non-stop. There are a lot of younger and older players who want to move on. With our strategic partnership with the European Tour, that gives us that opportunity to make that next step.
Anytime you win you have to putt well. I drove the ball really well this week after I changed shaft in my driver early this week. I went for a softer shaft. During the windy two days I was able to drive the ball well.
Gavin Green (Mas) – Final Round 67 (-5), Total 274 (-14)
There’s nothing to be disappointed. Not at all. I was bogey-free again so I cannot complain. I made a couple of big saves and holed some but Shiv (Kapur) played well. He has experience, he’s been there be for. Hats off to him.
I’m happy the way I handled the pressure in the final group and being able what to do and what to expect. I had a lot of fun playing with Miguel (Tabuena) and Yikeun (Chang). We were all feeding off each other. There’s nothing to be disappointed with a second place result.
Experience has to play a huge part in Shiv’s win. All you can do is learn. I played with him in the third round and he hit the ball really good.
Today, I said let’s give myself 18 looks for birdies and I did a good job. If I keep knocking on the door, sooner or later it will open. I will keep going, keep practising and hopefully I win a big one.
I didn’t look at the leadeboard until the 17th hole. I told myself I won’t be leaderboard watching today. I played my own game and when I saw it, I told myself ‘oh Shiv, not you again, come on!’ After that I knew we were only fighting for second place. I made a good birdie on the last hole (six feet downhill). If you told me earlier today that I would finish second place, I would take that.
Yikeun Chang (Kor) – Final Round 68 (-4), Total 274 (-14)
I didn’t take advantage of the par fives. My goal was to try and avoid the bogeys and birdie the par fives which I did on two holes.
I was trying to go for that eagle on the 18th hole because I knew I needed that to force a play-off. I thought I hit it pretty good but it is what it is. Trying to hole an 85-yard shot is not easy. If I tried it with a thousand balls, I would probably make one.
I’m trying to take some positive stuff out of this week. I did a lot of good things. The experience will obviously help me a lot. Next time when I have an opportunity to win, I will pull it off.