John Catlin, the Professional golfer from Sacramento, California, USA, who claimed three victories over a span of five months in 2018, has secured his fourth Asian Tour victory in style after his sensational approach on the first playoff hole at the 2019 Thailand Open.
Playing under pressure comes down to preparation, self-belief, and willingness to stand in the feeling of having it all on the line. If you can do and have all of these things then you give yourself the best chance to perform under pressure. – John Catlin
In an exclusive interview with Golfoy, John shares his experience of playing the playoff with super-strong competitors (Shiv Kapur – India) (Pavit Tangkamolprasert – Thailand) and admits that this win was a dream come true moment.
What was in your mind when you were about to hit the winning putt?
I knew that I was going to have to make it. Pavit and Shiv weren’t going to give it to me easily and when it was official that my putt was for the win and not just the tie I went through my routine and tried to hit the best putt I could.
You are a 4-time Asian tour winner, how is this win special to you?
This win is extra special since it is the national open of the country I claim as my second home! Thailand is such a great country and the people have welcomed me with open arms. To win the national open is something special and a dream come true.
You were in a playoff with top players but still were really patient. Can you speak about your approach to playing under pressure?
There were 3 players in the playoff. For me playing under pressure comes down to preparation, self-belief, and willingness to stand in the feeling of having it all on the line. If you can do and have all of these things then you give yourself the best chance to perform under pressure.
What would you say about Shiv Kapur and Pavit as they were playing so good throughout the day?
Both Shiv and Pavit are tremendous players and I have nothing but the utmost respect for their games. It was no surprise for me to have a playoff with both of them for the tournament and I feel lucky to have come out on top!
Apart from hitting long, what do you feel are the areas of your main strength in golf?
Honestly, I don’t think I am that long of a player I think my strengths are accuracy off the tee, a good short game and consistent mental approach to each and every shot and situation.
In your professional golf career which has been your most favorites win & why?
This win because of what I mentioned earlier about it being in my second home and also just because of the way in which I won it. Having to make birdie on one of the hardest holes of the week and doing it was very special.
What words of advice do you have to share with other young golfers that follow you?
My main advice would be to continue to love playing the game!
What was your experience like at the Hero Indian Open in March 2019? Which is has been your favorite golf course in India whenever you have played here.
My favourite course is definitely Dlf and the Indian open this year was an absolutely amazing experience! The way the course was set up and how the event was run was top notch.