Australian Todd Sinnott, who earned his Asian Tour card at Qualifying School in Thailand earlier in the month, became the second fastest rookie to win on the Asian Tour. The Myanmar Open was only his second start. He shot six-under 65 in the final round to total 14-under 174 and win the tournament.
Excerpts from the interview with Sinnott:
On his feelings:
I feel a little bit relieved to get that first win. Excited and pretty proud as well. I’m proud with the way I played today.
It is a fantastic day to get my first win as a professional. I birdied two in a row on 13 and 14 and when I did that I knew that if I finish strongly I would have a good chance at winning. I knew where I was the whole day and knew what I had to do to get up with the leaders and keep pushing on. I was really focussed the whole day to try and shoot the lowest score that I could shoot.
With eight holes to go in the second round, I was three-over-par in the tournament and I managed to birdie two holes and eagle one of the holes so I was four-under in the last eight. I know the course suits me. You need to be on the fairways all the time to attack the greens. I can hit it a lot higher than most of the guy out here and put the spin on the ball. I knew I could shoot a couple of low numbers during the weekend but I didn’t think I would win.
On finding the water many times during the week
I hit six balls into the water in the first two rounds (four on the first day). Today I hit one shot on the fourth hole. It landed on the bank and rolled back into the water. I was able to drop near the green and made par.
On the Qualifying School, from where he earned the Tour card
Qualifying School was two weeks ago but that was huge for me because I shot 10-under in the last round and lost in a play-off. To actually shoot that number in the last round that gave me a lot of confidence coming into today. The main objective during that week (Qualifying School) was to get my card but I was disappointed not to win after coming close. Losing at Qualifying School hurt a little bit but it proved that I can shoot a low number on the last day.