Nicholas Fung (Mas) – Third Round (68 (-3), Total 202 (-11)
I’m very pleased with my score, shooting three under was my target today. Birdied 16 and 18 to get to 11-under which I’m happy with my result. When we started, it was a bit tough as the wind was up but I managed to hold it together.
It was nice to play with Thaworn Wiratchant and Juvic Pagunsan, both Order of Merit winners, as I can only learn from them. Even when you hit one bad shot, you just stay patient. That’s what they do/ It’s always shot by shot and taking the birfdie chances when they come.
I don’t want to think about winning. I just want to shoot another 68 tomorrow. If I think of winning, there will be a lot of pressure. I just want to play good golf. Maybe someone will shoot six or seven under tomorrow and he does, he deserves to win it. If I shoot three under it is good enough for me on this course.
In the past, I’ve been too tensed going into the final day when in contention. Thinking too much and wanting it too badly. This time, I don’t want to think about it. I’m playing well now. What I need is to enjoy the day tomorrow.
This is the first time I’m leading into the final round in an Asian Tour event, so it’s going to be a new experience. I’ve been one behind the leader previously a few times.
Juvic Pagunsan (Phi), Third Round 68 (-3), Total 203 (-10)
I was struggling a bit today. My shots were not really good but I saved a lot of pars, my putting was okay and it saved me. I think my experience helped me as I’ve played a long time in Asia and I just hung in there, told myself to hang in there. After I made double on four, I thought that if I can finish one or two under for the round, I’ll still be in contention.
On 17, I hit a good drive and had 70 yards to the green and managed to get to about seven feet and I made the birdie. On the last hole, I made another good drive and told myself to just get onto the green and then I made a two-putt birdie which was good as it kept me closer to the leader.
I need to improve my shot making tomorrow. I’m not too sure what’s wrong. On this course, you tend to get a bit tired as the week goes on. I need to rest well tonight, so that I’ll be good tomorrow. I’ve not been hitting too many balls at the range.
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) – Third round 70 (-1), Total 203 (-10)
I didn’t putt well, making just about 60% of my putts. The greens felt a bit tougher than other days. I never putted near the hole. But I’m happy with the way I’m playing. I may feel a bit upset now but that’s normal.
Although I have a lot of experience, I don’t think I have the advantage tomorrow over Nicholas (Fung) as he is a good player. Also there is also Juvic (Pagunsan) who is also at 10 under and several guys at nine under.
So it depends on who has the better chance and putts better tomorrow. Everyone who hit good tee shots and putts well stand a shot winning. The winds will be a factor as anything can happen on this course when the winds blows.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha), Third Round 65 (-6), Total 204 (-9)
Yesterday wasn’t a good round, I shot one over … a bad day. I fixed it overnight and coming back with a 65 today, I’m happy. I got off early this morning and the winds didn’t get up this morning. Managed to get a kick start, got to three under on the front nine and then made life easier after that.
I had good company today, with Chapchai and Chanat in the group. Whenever I play with Chapchai, it’s always good. That helped me in some ways. I’ll see how many shots I’ll be behind the leaders after the day concludes and what position I’ll be in tomorrow.
Danny Chia (Mas) – Third round 67 (-4), Total (-9)
It’s kind of a surprise to be in contention as I’ve not been hitting the ball great this week. I’ve been trying to hang on to my game, trying to not make a mess on the golf course. Managed to do that for three days which I’m happy about. My ball striking is probably like a six or seven, but I’ve played with a lot of strategy and keeping everything within myself. I’ve not gone for the pins or attacked the par fives, I just kept telling myself to not take risks on the par fives. They are tempting most of the times and I’ve managed to stay patient.
On 16, hit a good drive and had 70 meters to the pin. Hit a good pitch which caught a slope and stayed up. But I made a 25 footer for birdie. Had 108 meters to the pin on 17 and hit it to four feet. Made a two putt birdie on the last after a good drive.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow. Still 18 holes to go. There are a few guys who will be amongst the frontrunners tomorrow, certainly the likes of Thaworn and Prayad. The guys who always play well here are up on the leaderboard. I’m just going to focus on my own game, take it hole by hole.
Angelo Que (Phi), Third Round 69 (-2) , Total 204 (-9)
It was windy on the front nine but I hit it so much better. Started strong in the wind with three under on the front nine. Then I hit a bad shot on the par three 13th hole, hit it into the water. It can happen over here when you misjudge the wind. It can cost you. Luckily I was able to make a birdie on 17. I’m still there. I’m pretty happy with how I played. I think 14 or 15 would be the number tomorrow. I think that’s what everyone will be aiming for. I’m not going to try to go low. I’m just going to keep playing. If I start holing putts, then that’s good. That would be the way to win.
On this course, it’s anybody’s ball game here. Juvic and Thaworn started slow but they’re still up there I started strong but didn’t finish too strong.
Rashid Khan (Ind), Third round 70 (-1), Total 205 (-8)
It wasn’t that hard but I started bad with a three putt bogey on the first hole. I came back okay as I made birdies on six, nine and 11. I was going well then but unfortunately I couldn’t find greens with my wedges on 14, 16 and 17. Dropped another bogey on 17 like yesterday and didn’t make birdie on 18. It just went wrong towards the end.
On the par fives, you really need to score over here. You need to make birdie on 18 when you find the fairway. If I had made pars on the 17th hole, I would have been in a better position.
I think it’s going to be a good thing that I’m only two or three back. I can attack the flags, I just need to play well tomorrow. Maybe the scores could get to 14 or 15, so I need to really go after the pins tomorrow to try to get to that number