Mardan Mamat (Sin) Final Round 69 (-2), Total 270 (-14)
It is always great to be a winner. I’m the first Bashundhara Bangladesh Open winner so I have to give credit to myself for winning.
I knew I had to be at least under-par on the front nine. I was one-under so that was good. After 13 holes, I told myself that I need a two-shot cushion in the last hole and I would win.
I’ve been hit the ball really good but I missed a lot of putts today. I missed a 12-foot birdie on the first hole and another 10-footer on hole two. I missed another eight-footer birdie on eight. I hit a short birdie putt on 12 and missed another short birdie on 14.
If I say that I didn’t have any pressure today then I’m not human. Two of my competitors Lee and Khalin are young and they hit it long. They kept pushing me a lot on the front nine. I managed to steady myself and play my own game.
This is a good start for all Bangladeshi golfers. They have their National Open for the first time on the Asian Tour and all the players will want to win their National Open. This will inspire them to practise harder and win the event next year.
I improved a lot on my mental game. I talk a lot to myself to motivate myself to play well. In fact, my wife and I have been talking a lot about my game and confidence. She always inspires me and feed me positive thoughts. I’m very pleased with that.
I talk to my wife last night and she sent me a message, saying “You are the champion, you are the winner and you are the man”.
During the welcome dinner, I heard the song for this tournament. I like the beat of the music and that kept me pumped up at the prize ceremony. That’s why I was jumping and dancing.
I want to be inside the top-five on the Asian Tour Order of Merit. That’s my goal.
The weather here is almost the same as in Singapore so it doesn’t affect me that much. Sometimes you can lose your concentration but I know what to do.
I’m going to be 50 in two years time so I want to keep myself fit and play competitively on the Asian Tour. When I turn 50 I hope to compete on the Senior Tour.
I proved myself wrong for wanting to quit the game of golf last year before my win in the Philippines. I have to credit my wife who told me that I love this game so much and I mustn’t walk away from it.
Now I’m not thinking about ending my career. Now I want to stay fit and win as many titles as I can.
I like to keep myself fit and play for as long as I can. This is a game which I love a lot and I will like to continue playing. This is extra special for me because Singapore celebrates 50 years this year. I hope it will inspire the youngsters in Singapore.
I missed a few small putts and Mardan missed a few as well. I think the turning point was on the 14th hole when I saw him miss a birdie putt. I had a close range birdie as well but I missed it. If I had sunk that, I could have put more pressure on him.
Mardan got the better out of everybody. He played really well from tee to green. He is the rightful champion.
I’m disappointed with my result but not my game. To be honest, I expected to win. My putter let me down the whole week. If I putted better, I could have won this tournament. Overall I’m happy.
I don’t have an Asian Tour card yet so hopefully this result will give me a boost on the Order of Merit. This result gets me into the next Asian Tour event so I hope to do well there as well.
This is a huge confidence booster for me. Hopefully I will get an Asian Tour win under my belt. This is my first runner-up finish on the Asian Tour. I’m working on my game and I’m seeing result. I like how I’m progressing.
Lee Soomin (Kor) Final Round 67 (-4), Total 272 (-12)
Yes I’m very happy with my result. I didn’t play well on the front nine so I didn’t put pressure on the leader. I played better on the second nine and eagled the 17th hole. I just focussed on my golf and didn’t think about my position.
I holed a 20-foot eagle putt on the 17th hole. Maybe next time I will win. Mardan played very well.