Player Views After The Final Round Of The Queens Cup
THAWORN WIRATCHANT (THA) – FINAL ROUND 68 (-3), TOTAL 277 (-7)
This means a lot to me as it’s the first time I have won this trophy as an Asian Tour event. I won this when it was a local event a long time ago. There was pressure from the first tee as I didn’t hit a good tee shot and made bogey. I was expecting to win this week.
I’m very happy as I have worked hard in the past few weeks. I’ve played in a lot of tournaments, this is my fifth week in a row. (Note: Thaworn won twice locally and once in Laos).
This week, it was tiring, it was tough. Fight with the course and conditions. There were also many good players here this week.
Every player aims to win every event, not just make the cut. Once we finish an event, win or not, we have to work hard to continue. The record (of 13 wins) can be broken by anyone.
The second shot on the 18th hole, it was the first time I could smile today.
The turning point was the 15th hole when Siddikur missed his putt. Once I had the advantage, I had to do it. The pin positions were difficult and it’s not easy to make birdies. Any chance you have, you have to make a birdie.
On 18, I was teeing off first and knew I had to hit a good tee shot. I couldn’t afford to make any mistake. If it was a good one, I know I can win. I hit a good one and I was quite confident. Hit an eight iron to the green to about 12 feet (for eagle).
I just want to keep playing in tournaments.
My experience helps with the mental game. It helps me calm down and not get nervous or give pressure to myself. I can control that. I still get nervous sometimes. There is pressure at home. You don’t want to make mistakes in front of your fans.
SIDDIKUR (BAN) – FINAL ROUND 72 (+1), TOTAL 280 (-4)
I’m really disappointed. I was almost there. Unfortunately, the last moment, I don’t know what happened. On 15, I missed a two-feet putt (for par). I don’t know what happened. I was gone after that. I couldn’t make a birdie after that. It’s okay, no problem.
On the back nine, my putting was so bad. First nine, it was good. I just messed up on 15. I was trying to be aggressive but my ball striking was a bit off even though I was in the lead after 13. I just played my own game, fairway and green, fairway and green, but messed up on the greens.
Thaworn is very experienced. I enjoyed playing with him on all four days. I think I learned a lot of things from him and I think it will help me in the future.
After 17, he was very confident as he was clear. I hit a bad shot on the second on 18. He hit a good drive and found the green. He was very relaxed and putted in his eagle.
JUVIC PAGUNSAN (PHI) – FINAL ROUND 68 (-3), TOTAL 280 (-4)
I’m really happy. Bogeyed two of the first three holes and then I came back. It’s a great round today. The winds were too strong today. Actually every year, the winds are always the same like this, especially on the last day. It’s always tough. You just keep your focus on every shot. That’s what I did today. I saw the scores and they were not so good. I was trying to get back and shot four birdies on the back nine.
When I saw the scores on the 17th, the scores were not moving. I still thought I had a chance if I made birdie-birdie the last two holes. Hit a good second shot on 17, just a little window going onto the green which was good and then had a good birdie at the last. Chipped past the pin and holed the putt.
It was a really good week. A bit of a vacation, on the beach and a nice weekend.
HIMMAT RAI (IND) – FINAL ROUND 67 (-4), TOTAL 281 (-3)
Played a good round today. No bogeys which was what I intended to do. But at the start of the day, it was going to be hard to do. Trust me, it was really hard. The wind was going every which way. I think I judged it well. I’m pleased with how I played.
You just have to trust your yardages and be patient. And not get mad with your caddie. If you do that, you’re in trouble. I kept my cool today better than other days. I was more patient and calm today compared to other days. I didn’t do anything wrong. Like all golfers, I left a few shots out there !
The putt on 18 looked really good and I thought I should have had it. I’m pleased with how I finished. All I was thinking was getting that putt in. That drive down there, it was like 400 yards down the hill and I was just thinking try to put it within 10 feet but missed it short slightly. I wanted a good look at it which is what I did.
I’m going to Korea next week, look forward to it. I’ll be going to England a few weeks, try to get into a few Challenge Tour events and if I don’t I’ll stay up there for some practice. Feel good with my game right now.
VARUT CHOMCHALAM (THA) – FINAL ROUND 72 (+1), 282 (-2)
I feel proud of myself today. This is my first top-10 on the Asian Tour. I think I know what I did and what I need to do. It is exciting to be in the top-10. My goal now is to keep getting into the top-10. I feel more confident now with my game.
It was good playing with Thaworn. Even in the last hole, he was teaching me. He was telling me to keep my mind relaxed and keep my game smooth, and not up and down, up and down. During the round, he was teaching me, he kept telling me to relax. I was shaking in the last three holes.
My goal was to make the top-10 but if I could birdie the last few holes, I could make it in the top-five. I think I can get better now. I need to practice more, and get my body better and stronger. Everything in my golf needs to improve further. I need to give more time to practice. Just more practice.
MIGUEL TABUENA (PHI) – FINAL ROUND 76 (+5), TOTAL 285 (+1)
Really tough today. The winds were strong but that’s golf. I was five over after six holes and told myself to hang in there. I played pretty well after that. The winds were strong.
My tee shots were not good. I wasn’t committed and I just didn’t see my ball landing on the fairway. I didn’t visualize that. You learn from it and hopefully you know what to do the next time.
I played really well the whole week. It’s just a different ball game going into the last day. I haven’t reached that yet. I have many more years and many more golf tournaments.
I was trying too hard from the beginning. I was trying to win the tournament on the first hole. You have to take it one shot at a time. I said that on twitter but I didn’t do that today. I got ahead of myself and that’s what I got.