Taipei, October 3: Read what players have to say following the penultimate round of the US$650,000 Mercuries Taiwan Masters on Saturday.
Liang Wen-chong (Chn) – Third round 68 (-4), Total 211 (-5)
The weather was much better today, compared to yesterday. It wasn’t as windy but it was very hot out there. It’s my first time playing in this tournament but after playing the first two rounds, I thought I am pretty familiar with the course now. I had a bit of problems out there in the first two rounds and because of that experience, I was able to tackle the course better today. I played steady out there and there was not much of a problem out there.
Because I didn’t had any problems, I was able to play my own game without thinking much. My game’s feeling good this week as well and I was able to ride on that good form. This is a very special golf course. The course conditions are very different every day.
Although it’s not a long course, it’s very challenging. I love such a layout because it test your strategy which can be different every day. Like today, I teed off with my three-wood on a lot of par-fours because I thought hitting the fairways in the key to play well on this course. I didn’t hit as many greens on the front nine. It was mostly chip and putt for me. My putting was good so I leveraged on that to take over the lead today.
I had birdie chances on the par-fives on the back nine and I took advantage of that as well. I putted in from within one metre on the par-fives that I birdied. On the par-four 12th, I holed a 15-footer for birdie. I practiced my putting after every round this week. I guess that helped me today as my putting improved. I will try my best to play well tomorrow.
It’s been great being here in Tamsui. I have met a lot of veterans out here like Lu Wen-teh, Lin Keng-chi and Chen Tze-chung, who has seen me grow as a player over the years. I also caught up with the other players like Lu Wei-chih as well whom I will usually meet playing in tournaments in the region. It’s been good so far. I’m very happy to come to Tamsui this week. I know this is a place of great history in golf which has cultivated many generations of golfing greats.
I don’t want to think so much about tomorrow. I enjoyed myself out there and was able to stick to my momentum. We will see how it goes tomorrow. It’s hard to say. Anything can happen tomorrow. I just want to enjoy my game out there.
Danny Chia (Mas) – Third round 73 (+1), Total 212 (-4)
It was a bit of a struggle for me out there and most of the times, it’s on the greens. I missed quite a few short putts from four to five feet which were really frustrating. Hitting the ball wise, it’s still the same for me. I am still as confused with the wind directions as I was the past two days. But overall, I think I struggled most on the greens today.
The conditions were pretty good for scoring today I thought. It wasn’t as windy as it was yesterday. But this is a golf course that will play tough even without the wind. You still have to deal with the tricky greens.
I just keep telling myself to try my best out there. There’s nothing much I can do because it still seems like an unfamiliar territory for me even though I’ve played here so many times before. I can only try my best out there and focus on every shots.
It was a good comeback with the two birdies on par-fives coming home. I managed to gain some strokes back and I’m happy to remain in a good position for a final charge tomorrow. On 13th, I chipped it to two-feet short of the cup and putted in from there while on 15th, I holed a 10-footer for birdie.
Having struggled out there and still remaining in a good position, I am very happy with it. Same thing tomorrow, there are a lot of unexpected stuff that can happen to me on the course tomorrow. That’s what I have been telling myself the whole week. I wasn’t shocked and I wasn’t surprised. You can easily make bogeys out there. I was mentally prepared for it. I try not to get affected by the bogeys and tell myself to move on from there.
I knew Liang was catching up but I tried to stay close. I knew I was struggling but I try not to force myself too much.
Rashid Khan (Ind) – Third round 75 (+3), Total 213 (-3)
I putted really bad. I missed a lot of putts for pars and birdies. I three-putted on a few occasions as well which was really disappointing. Driving was off as well. The conditions were easier compared to yesterday but it was still playing tough for me out there as I struggled with my short game.
I was only two shots back now. I think I still have a chance tomorrow. I will try my best to catch up with the leader tomorrow. I will try and get off to a good start tomorrow and hopefully hang in there to win the tournament.
Antonio Lascuna (Phi) – Third round 72 (even par), Total 215 (-1)
My putting was not good today. I tried very hard out there but my driving and putting were not as good today. I missed a lot of putts from three to four feet. The greens were really tricky. I played with Liang and he putted so well. I will get some rest after this and prepare for the final charge tomorrow. You have to be strong mentally to play well on this course. I will try my best again and hopefully finish a rung better that how I did last year.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha) – Third round 73 (-1), Total 217 (+1)
The golf course is always hard to putt. It’s not easy to score low on this golf course. Everything can change on this golf course but I have been playing good. It’s easy to make mistakes out there. I made two bogeys easily. You have to stay focus to play well on this course.
It was hot and sunny today but it didn’t make it any easier compared to yesterday where it was really windy. It’s not going to get any tougher or easier tomorrow because the greens is always going to be the hardest part out there.
My past two results on this golf course have been pretty good. I haven’t finished outside top-25 here. I hope to keep it that way with another good finish tomorrow. I am happy with how I played so far and where I stand at the moment. I guess the past experiences helped. I am looking forward to playing in the final round tomorrow.