Bangkok, May 20: Read what players have to say following the third and penultimate round of the Thailand Open on Saturday.
Rattanon Wannasrichan (Tha) – Third round 65 (-6), Total 196 (-17)
I am really pleased with my bogey-free round today. I hit the ball good. Everything was good and I am putting well again.
I hope I can continue to putt well tomorrow. I am very happy with the way I finished the round. I am not thinking too much about winning. I don’t want to give myself unnecessary pressure. I just want to enjoy my game.
I have no expectations. It’s my first time leading into the final round on the Asian Tour. I am really excited. My family will be coming out to watch me play tomorrow. I will just play for fun and we will see how it goes.
A lot of players have been encouraging me since I took the lead in the first round. Chinnarat (Phadungsil), a player whom I look up to, has asked me to keep up the good work.
Panuphol Pittayarat (Tha) – Third round 64 (-7), Total 197 (-16)
I have been striking the ball really well for the last three days now. It was the same for me today, I just managed to hole more putts than I did yesterday. I will keep to the same routine, concentrate on my game and focus on my pre-shot routine and the results will come after.
It’s great to be playing well on this golf course, which I call my home course since a month ago. They have great facilities here and they are very supportive by letting me practise. It’s a very nice golf course.
I would love to see a local guy win the Thailand Open, hopefully myself. The local contingent is very strong so I am not surprised that we are all up there. It would mean everything to me if I can win this tournament.
It’s my National Open so I would be very pleased to win it as my first Asian Tour title. The best birdie I had today was on the par-three 16. I hit a very good six-iron right up the pin and got a very difficult lie but I holed the putt from 15 feet.
Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) – Third round 67 (-4), Total 198 (-15)
I hit the ball really well again today. I have been giving myself a lot of birdie opportunities this week. I left about four to five birdies out there though but overall, I hit the ball really solid, missing only one fairway. I was giving myself a lot of chances although I had three lip-outs today.
It was a hot and humid day. The wind wasn’t an issue today. That’s why you see a lot of low scores out there. At the back of my mind, I do know that I am in contention and I have the opportunity to chase for an eighth win on the Asian Tour.
It’s going to be a good Sunday pairing again but I will be more cautious while playing. I have been in this position for many times. My past experiences will definitely help me tomorrow. Overall I think it’s a great golf course. It’s a ball striker’s paradise.
At the end of the day, if you can putt well, you should be able to bring the trophy home. My goal is to give my 100% tomorrow. Whatever results my 100% gives me tomorrow, I will accept it.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) – Third round 65 (-6), Total 199 (-14)
I am really happy with the way I am striking the ball so far this week. I played solid golf all day. It’s just the putter which didn’t work very good. My iron-play has been really sharp. I haven’t been playing such good golf for two to three months now.
I will keep the confidence level up for the final round and we will see how it goes. I misread a lot of greens today which got me really frustrated out there. The putting stroke wasn’t as good. I missed quite a few putts within 10 feet this week.
I had a superb chip-in on 10. I missed the green by about four yards and chipped it in from about 15 yards to the pin. That was the turning point for me and a huge confidence booster.
Overall, to shoot 65 on moving day is a great motivation for me. I had a good finish today with two birdies in the last three holes. That will give me a lot of confidence for the final round tomorrow. I am three shots behind now. I have a lot of work to do tomorrow.
I just want to play my best golf in front of my home crowd and on my home soil this week. I hope one of the Thai players will take the trophy home tomorrow. I will do my best.
Ben Leong (Mas) – Third round 66 (-5), Total 200 (-13)
It was quite tricky out there. I had to stay really patient. I got off to a good start but I just couldn’t convert my birdies. I hung in there nevertheless. I am now looking forward to the final round as I get to play with my good friend Kiradech.
The conditions were pretty much the same today. The greens were trickier than I thought. I am not really thinking about winning actually. I am just excited that I get to play with Kiradech tomorrow.
The plan is to stick to my routine, stay aggressive and remain patient. We will see how it goes tomorrow. It was just a simple round today, nothing really fanciful. I managed to get up and down quite a bit this week. I am hoping to continue the momentum for tomorrow.
Kiradech and I were very good friends since our junior days when we were still amateurs. He’s been helping me a lot, whenever I come to Thailand. When I was out and not playing golf due to my injury, he was very supportive. He comes to see me and talk to me whenever he can.
He was really nice. It was great to see him play well on the European Tour. It really inspires me a lot. Kiradech and I go a long way back.